Chicago Shuts Out Concordia Chicago 38-0

Chicago Shuts Out Concordia Chicago 38-0

From University of Chicago Athletics

The University of Chicago football team collected its third shutout in its last 12 games and scored two defensive touchdowns to defeat Concordia University Chicago 38-0 on Saturday.

The Maroons improved to 2-0 and the Cougars fell to 0-1. In its first two games, UChicago has outscored the opposition 66-6 and have allowed only 256 yards of total offense.

The defense was at it again on Saturday night under the lights of Stagg Field. The front seven were consistently in the Cougars' backfield throughout the game, totaling seven tackles for a loss and nine quarterback hurries. As a result, Concordia was limited to 38 yards rushing on 23 attempts (1.7 yards per carry). The secondary also picked off two passes that were returned for touchdowns and only allowed 104 yards passing. The Cougars ended up with 142 yards of total offense.

Time of possession was firmly in the Maroons' favor at 36:53 compared to 23:07. Concordia was also 1 of 14 on third-down conversions.

UChicago started its second possession of the game in good field position thanks to a 23-yard punt return by junior cornerback Vincent Beltrano. Starting at the opposing 27-yard line, senior running back Zak Ross-Nash ran for 21 of the yards and capped the drive with a two-yard plunge into the end zone.

Concordia reached midfield on its first drive of the second quarter. When UChicago brought pressure into the quarterback's face on second down, junior safety Jacob Romeo stepped in front of the pass and sprinted 56 yards into the end zone for the defensive touchdown.

Midway through the second quarter, the Maroons were driving again into Concordia territory when they faced a third-and-one at the visitor's 29-yard line. Senior quarterback Patrick Ryan faked out the defense with a play-action rollout and found junior tight end Nathan Massey wide open on the right side for a 29-yard touchdown pass.

The defense capped the half by picking off another pass for a touchdown. This time it was senior linebacker Schuyler Montefalco who snagged the interception and ran it in from 31 yards out. UChicago went into halftime holding a 28-0 lead.

In the third quarter, junior kicker Karol Kurzydlowski converted a 34-yard field goal to up the lead to 31-0. The game's final score came at 10:55 left in the fourth quarter. A 10-play, 76-yard drive ended with Ryan hooking up with junior wide receiver Sam Coleman for a five-yard touchdown toss. The drive was extended thanks to a roughing the kicker penalty on a field goal attempt two plays earlier.

Montefalco led the Maroon defense with eight tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and one interception. Senior defensive end Brandon Bolock also totaled eight tackles, with 2.0 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble. Senior defensive tackle Scott Mainquist added four tackles and three quarterback hurries. He also contributed on a fake punt in the third quarter, rushing for 14 yards and the first down.

Offensively, Ryan completed 15 of 24 passes for 122 yards and two touchdowns. Massey caught three balls for 47 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Chris Mason (22 yards) and junior wide receiver Colin Macri (18 yards) also pulled in three receptions apiece. Freshman running back Chandler Carroll had a team-leading 61 yards on 10 carries. Freshman running back Matthew Ringer totaled 47 yards rushing and Ross-Nash contributed 44 yards on the ground.