In 31 years, Ripon College coach Ron Ernst has been involved in only four overtime games.
But none may have been as big as last week Saturday’s 27-24 overtime win over Carroll University (2-1, 3-1 overall).
At stake was the chance to remain unbeaten and gain sole possession of first place in the Midwest Conference. To add to the importance of the game, it was Ripon’s Homecoming game.
The Red Hawks (3-0, 4-0 overall) didn’t make it easy on themselves either, turning the ball over five times in the game.
“The game shouldn’t have been that close,” Ernst said. “I felt we had the better team and I still feel that way. You rarely win a game with five turnovers.”
Widely considered a running team, the Red Hawks took to the air to start the game — and found success.
Quarterback Jake Marshall hooked up with Josh Pasek on an 80-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring in the first quarter.
“We’re going to take what the defense gives up,” Ernst said. “There were things they were doing that opened up the passing attack.”
Read the full story in the Sept. 30, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.