October 6, 2012

No. 11 North Central Mauls Millikin for Fourth Straight Win

More news about: North Central (Ill.)

Darting ahead early and putting the contest away with 28 unanswered points midway through the afternoon, the North Central College football team won for the fourth straight time and improved to 2-0 in College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) play on Saturday with a 42-22 victory over Millikin University at Frank M. Lindsay Field.

The 11th-ranked Cardinals (4-1) won for the 18th straight time against CCIW opposition and posted their eighth consecutive victory over the Big Blue. North Central has now won its last four games on Millikin's home field.

The Cardinals needed just 17 seconds to take the lead, as Patrick Mitchellreturned the opening kickoff to the Millikin four-yard line, completing the fourth-longest kick return in North Central history. Jordan Tassio ran in for the score on the first play from scrimmage and the visitors owned a very early 7-0 advantage.

Playing in front of a large Homecoming crowd, Millikin (3-2, 0-2 CCIW) responded with a 13-play, 66-yard drive to tie the score. Quarterback Matt Holmes, who completed 5 of 7 passes on the possession, throwing a seven-yard touchdown pass to Erik Tobey with 8:49 remaining in the opening period. 

The teams traded punts before the Cardinals opened their next scoring drive. A 20-yard pass from Spencer Stanek to Peter Sorenson got North Central into striking distance at the Millikin 24-yard line, and a 13-yard run by Nick Kukuc followed before Tassio covered 11 yards for his second score and a 14-7 advantage with 54 seconds to go in the first quarter.

North Central had an opportunity to tack on an additional score on their next drive, bringing kicker Nick Dace on for a 47-yard field goal. Dace's kick, however, sailed wide, giving the hosts possession at their own 30-yard line. Millikin running back Nick Dunning gained 48 yards on four carries to kickstart the Big Blue's next drive, and Austin Brettschneider ultimately came on to kick a 36-yard field goal to narrow the gap to 14-10 with 10:38 before halftime.

The Cardinals countered with a nine-play, 65-yard drive which put them in front by a 21-10 count after Stanek found Peter Sorenson on a fade route for a 12-yard TD pass with 4:10 left in the second quarter. After forcing another Millikin punt, North Central was able to manage the clock and tack on another touchdown before the buzzer sounded. A 16-yard pass from Stanek to Tassio and a 16-yard run by Kukuc, along with a Millikin personal foul penalty, set the Cardinals up on the Millikin 40. Stanek then completed a 16-yard pass to Chad O'Kane and a nine-yard strike to Jeff Stolzenburg before Nick Kukuc ran to the right side and dove for the corner of the end zone for a 15-yard TD run with 28 seconds on the clock. North Central headed into halftime with a 28-10 advantage.

After forcing a punt on the first possession of the second half, the Cardinals opened their next scoring drive on their own 10-yard line. Stanek fired deep toHalaiano Fuentes for a 36-yard pass, and another Millikin personal foul left the visitors just 13 yards from the goal line. On fourth down-and-one at the four-yard line, Tassio ran for two yards to move the sticks, then covered the final two yards on the next play for his third touchdown and a 35-10 lead.

Millikin threatened to score on its next drive, traveling 57 yards in 11 plays and advancing all the way to the Cardinals' five-yard line. Dorian Hryniewicki tackled Dunning for a three-yard loss on third down, and Alex Tripp sacked Holmes on fourth down to force a turnover on downs at the 13. North Central ran the ball seven times in a 10-play, 87-yard drive and scored when Kukuc once again dove for the front corner of the end zone, this time on the left side, from 13 yards away. 

The Cardinals' starters left the game in the fourth period and Millikin managed a pair of touchdowns. Holmes threw a 24-yard TD pass to Erik Tobey with 12:11 to play and Dunning ran for a two-yard score as time expired.

North Central outgained the Big Blue in total offense, 429 yards to 360, and converted 30 first downs. Kukuc gained a season-high 117 rushing yards on 14 carries, while Tassio ran for 46 yards on nine carries. Stanek completed 19 of 28 passes for 237 yards, throwing five times to Manny Juarez for 41 yards. Joey Michals paced the Cardinals' defense with eight tackles, while Shane Dierkingadded six and Hryniewicki finished with five. Connor Douglas intercepted a pass and Josh Mitchell broke up three others.

Dunning ran 17 times for 98 yards for Millikin, while Holmes completed 19 of 31 passes for 245 yards, despite being sacked five times, and Tobey made eight catches for 107 yards. Jacob Alvis, Marquette Moore and Christian Silva paced the Big Blue with 11 tackles each.

The Cardinals are on the road again next week, traveling to Chicago to face North Park University. North Central will go for its 17th straight victory over the Vikings on Saturday, with kickoff at the Holmgren Athletic Complex scheduled for 1 p.m.

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 11: All times Eastern
Final
at SUNY-Maritime 31, Massachusetts Maritime 30
Box Score Recap Recap
Sep. 12: All times Eastern
Final
Worcester State 30, at WPI 17
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Fitchburg State 21, Curry 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Springfield 41, at Mass-Dartmouth 20
Box Score
Final
TCNJ 17, at FDU-Florham 13
Sep. 13: All times Eastern
Final
Hobart 28, at Endicott 18
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Buffalo State 60, at Manchester 32
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Montclair State 7, at Salve Regina 6
Box Score Photos
Final
at Western Connecticut 58, Nichols 0
Box Score
Final
Alfred 34, at RPI 31
Box Score Recap
Final
Brockport State 17, at Cortland State 14
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Plymouth State 30, Mount Ida 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Bridgewater State 29, at William Paterson 20
Box Score
Final
Rowan 31, at Framingham State 21
Box Score
Final
at MIT 38, Becker 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Western New England 17, Westfield State 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Stevenson 7, at King's 0
Final
Lycoming 26, at Albright 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at Muhlenberg 42, Franklin and Marshall 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Moravian 28, McDaniel 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Norwich 10, at St. Lawrence 7
Box Score Recap
Final
Elmhurst 33, at Olivet 27
Box Score
Final
Illinois Wesleyan 35, at Albion 28
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 35, Christopher Newport 30
Box Score
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 26, at Kalamazoo 12
Box Score Recap
Final
Widener 45, at Lebanon Valley 3
Final
at Adrian 40, Carthage 14
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Juniata 38, Dickinson 35
Box Score
Final
at Randolph-Macon 48, Averett 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Trine 28, Millikin 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wilkes 41, Misericordia 7
Final
at Ursinus 31, Gettysburg 14
Box Score Recap
Final
Utica 23, at Union 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Concordia (Mich.) 23, Anderson 18
Box Score
Final
Morrisville State 43, at Hartwick 40
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
N.C. Wesleyan 27, at Lincoln (Pa.) 0
Box Score
Final
Greenville 44, at Minnesota-Morris 9
Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 27, at Susquehanna 20
Box Score
Final
Capital 54, at Earlham 20
Box Score
Final
Emory and Henry 14, at Maryville (Tenn.) 13
Box Score
Final
UW-Whitewater 42, at Franklin 13
Box Score
Final
Centre 34, at Defiance 7
Box Score Photos
Final
Thomas More 45, at Hanover 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hope 37, Augustana 27
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Waynesburg 35, St. Vincent 24
Final
Millsaps 30, at Mount St. Joseph 22
Box Score
Final
Oberlin 47, at Kenyon 28
Box Score Recap
Final
at Baldwin Wallace 32, Bluffton 20
Box Score
Final
at Simpson 22, UW-River Falls 6
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. Scholastica 41, at Iowa Wesleyan 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Platteville 26, Dubuque 21
Box Score Photos
Final
at Trinity International 49, Wisconsin Lutheran 22
Box Score
Final
Augsburg 55, at Concordia (Wis.) 45
Box Score Photos
Final
at Sewanee 21, Washington and Lee 19
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wartburg 31, Bethel 14
Box Score Photos
Final
at Carleton 40, Knox 14
Box Score
Final
Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Lake Forest 9
Box Score Recap
Final
Luther 20, at St. Olaf 3
Box Score Photos
Final
at Concordia-Moorhead 30, Buena Vista 9
Box Score Photos Photos
Final
North Central (Ill.) 51, at St. Norbert 17
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Texas Lutheran 37, at Hardin-Simmons 14
Box Score Photos
Final
at Ripon 24, Rockford 14
Box Score
Final
at Beloit 27, Grinnell 23
Box Score
Final
at Carroll 34, Benedictine 6
Box Score
Final
at Southwestern 27, Sul Ross State 20
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at MacMurray 42, Martin Luther 36
Box Score Recap
Final
Westminster (Mo.) 34, at Crown 13
Box Score
Final
Northwestern (Minn.) 48, at Eureka 16
Box Score Recap
Final
Marian (Ind.) 24, at UW-Oshkosh 20
Box Score
Final
at Occidental 34, Puget Sound 32
Box Score Photos
Final
at St. Thomas 46, UW-La Crosse 0
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Coast Guard 42, Merchant Marine 31
Box Score Recap
Final
Maine Maritime 42, at Anna Maria 12
Box Score Recap
Final
Howard Payne 27, at Wayland Baptist 21
Final
at UW-Stout 21, Loras 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Alcorn St. 52, Louisiana College 10
Final
Rochester 35, at Alfred State 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Pacific Lutheran 35, Cal Lutheran 28
Box Score
Final
Whitworth 30, at Whittier 17
Box Score Recap Photos Photos
Final
at Willamette 34, Trinity (Texas) 10
Box Score Recap
Final - 2OT
at LaGrange 28, Berry 27
Box Score Recap
Final
Wesley 43, at Salisbury 5
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Geneva 42, Grove City 0
Box Score
Final
Washington and Jefferson 56, at Westminster (Pa.) 21
Box Score
Final
at Alma 31, North Park 7
Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 20, at Shenandoah 10
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Bridgewater (Va.) 43, Greensboro 14
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Guilford 52, Methodist 20
Box Score
Final - 3OT
at Rose-Hulman 74, Illinois College 68
Box Score Recap Recap Photos Photos
Final
Bethany 45, at Thiel 24
Final
at Hiram 37, Denison 26
Box Score Recap
Final
St. John's 31, at UW-Eau Claire 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Huntingdon 29, Birmingham-Southern 12
Box Score
Final
at Rhodes 46, Washington U. 22
Box Score Recap
Final
at Chicago 38, Concordia-Chicago 0
Box Score
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 36, Redlands 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Monmouth 28, at Central 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hendrix 24, Bacone 14
Box Score
Final
at East Texas Baptist 43, Austin 27
Box Score
Final
at Hamline 23, Macalester 13
Box Score Recap
Final
Coe 50, at Cornell 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Lawrence 59, Maranatha Baptist 0
Final
La Verne 47, at George Fox 33
Box Score
Final
at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 36, Lewis and Clark 14
Box Score
Final
Linfield 21, at Chapman 14
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Sep. 13: All times Eastern
Final
Wesley 43, at Salisbury 5
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Mary Hardin-Baylor 36, Redlands 0
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Linfield 21, at Chapman 14
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
Thomas More 45, at Hanover 16
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Whitewater 42, at Franklin 13
Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 27, at Susquehanna 20
Box Score
Final
at Hampden-Sydney 35, Christopher Newport 30
Box Score
Final
Wheaton (Ill.) 26, at Kalamazoo 12
Box Score Recap
Final
Illinois Wesleyan 35, at Albion 28
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Lycoming 26, at Albright 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Thomas 46, UW-La Crosse 0
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Hobart 28, at Endicott 18
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Wartburg 31, Bethel 14
Box Score Photos
Final
Marian (Ind.) 24, at UW-Oshkosh 20
Box Score
Final
at UW-Platteville 26, Dubuque 21
Box Score Photos
Final
North Central (Ill.) 51, at St. Norbert 17
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Pacific Lutheran 35, Cal Lutheran 28
Box Score

What We're Reading