TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology junior quarterback Austin Swenson threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns to propel the Fightin' Engineers past Hanover College 35-7 in the annual Homecoming game on Saturday afternoon.
Swenson finished 30-40 through the air for 372 yards and four touchdowns to propel a 541-yard team offensive performance. Junior Alec Fisher hauled in 11 receptions for 165 yards and three touchdowns as Swenson's top target on the day.
Senior Jacob Dye rushed for a touchdown and had an acrobatic touchdown catch for Rose-Hulman's two other scores. Dye rushed four times for 39 yards and had four receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown.
Freshman Kevin Dufauchard rushed for 81 yards on 20 carries to lead the Rose-Hulman ground attack. Zachary Donan led the Hanover offense by finishing 13-28 for 131 yards and rushing for a team-high 72 yards.
Defensively, sophomore Kaelen Garner paced Rose-Hulman with eight tackles and one tackle-for-loss. Sophomore Alec Thompson, sophomore Jon Poore and sophomore Mike Henry had six tackles each. Freshman John Kirby joined sophomore Brandon Volmerding with an interception.
Ryan Martin led the Hanover defense with 14 tackles, and Kegan Aldridge and Keith Cork added 10 tackles each.
Rose-Hulman jumped out to a fast start with two touchdowns in the first quarter and two more in the second. Dye capped the first drive of the day with a 10-yard touchdown run to cap a six-play march. The lead reached 14-0 on an 11-yard pass from Swenson to Fisher that ended a 90-yard, 10-play drive.
Swenson and Fisher connected on touchdown strikes of 36 and 17 yards in the second quarter to push Rose-Hulman's halftime lead to 28-0.
In the second half, Dye made a leaping touchdown grab in the endzone from six yards out to give Rose-Hulman a 35-0 lead. Hanover spoiled the Homecoming shutout with a one-yard scoring run by Justin Conners with 1:44 remaining.
Rose-Hulman improved to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play, while Hanover dropped to 0-3 and 0-1 in league games. The Fightin' Engineers have a bye next week before heading to Anderson on Oct. 3.