CHICAGO -- In a battle of the unbeaten, the Marist Red Hawks used steady quarterback play as well as a stifling defensive effort to top Notre Dame 27-15.
Junior running back Mike Skalizky got things going early for the Hawks, as his 53 yard run step up a Ben Fallon 28-yard field goal that put Marist up early.
Niles would respond the very next drive when Notre Dame Quarterback Tim Whalen hit Connor Thomas for the 6-yard TD pass, giving them a 6 to 3 lead. Following a three-and-out by the Hawks, Notre Dame was in prime position to begin another scoring drive until a muffed punt gave rival Marist the ball at the Hawks' 31. Two plays later, Marist Senior Quarterback Luke Oosterbaan connected with tight end John Caraher for a 31-yard strike that helped the Hawks regain the lead at 10-6.
“They were playing so tight with their coverage, it was a no brainer to keep going deep,” Oosterbann said.
The next Marist series, Oosterbaan was at it again, this time hitting Alex Puhar 55 yards down the sideline for yet another touchdown. The Dons managed only a field goal to close the first half, while still trailing 17-9.
Notre Dame’s offensive woes continued in the second half, as they were limited to only six points thanks to the relentless play of the Hawk’s font seven. Whalen manage to connect on another touchdown pass though, this time to receiver Jack Meyer to close the gap at two. Thanks to a 10 points fourth quarter however, capped off by back-up quarterback Ryan Meyer’s 22 yard scamper to the endzone, the Red Hawks sealed the “W”while moving to 3-0 on the young 2010 season.
“It’s great to get out of here with a win knowing we didn’t play our best football,” said Oosterbann.
Player of the game: Oosterbann, In a game lacking big plays, Oosterbann accounted for most of his teams. The senior went 6 of 12 for 104 yards and two touchdowns heading into half time.
Stat of the game: The Red Hawks ran the ball eight straight times en route to their final touchdown.
It was over when: Marist back-up Quarterback Ryan Meyer rumbled 22 yards for a late 4th quarter touchdown that essentially put the game out of reach.
Quote of the night: “I’m ready to come in whenever my number is called, and everyone supports me as well as Luke … we’re the ultimate team." -Marist backup quarterback Meyer in regards to closing out the game for the Hawks on offense.