Ravens Dismantle Culver, 40-22
- Monday, November 10, 2003
The Ravens (8-2) faced and for the most part silenced another of the HAAC’s top offenses, Culver-Stockton University, this past Saturday, Nov. 8. Culver (4-5) came in averaging 376 yards a game and scoring over 25 points a game.
As the first half came to a close Culver had four turnovers and were on their way to suffering a good ol’ BC butt whooping.
In that half the Ravens defense held Culver’s quarterback, Thomas Barnes, to 4-of-20 passing for 58 yards and picked off three of his passes (two by Byron Mitchell-Hughey). Culver’s running game was equally ineffective - picking up a slim 28 yards on 12 attempts.
BC’s offense took advantage of the field position supplied by their defense and put points up early and often. Fran Johnson was on target in the first half with 118 yards on 8-of-16 passing with two touchdowns. The bulk of those 118 yards came on a 70-yard touchdown pass to Matt Nierman. The second of those first half touchdowns came on a 19-yard bull’s-eye to a covered Curt Sudbeck in the back of the end zone.
The running game was just as successful in the first half. Eric Ohlman had 101 yards – the second time this season he’s passed the century mark in the first half. John Willits supplied the “dirty work” at fullback and scored on a 6-yard touchdown.
At the end of the first things looked bleak for Culver, as BC had tallied a 24-point lead, 27-3.
The third quarter things were much the same. The Ravens scored on 4-yard run by Olhman and kept Culver off the scoreboard.
In the fourth quarter a previously dormant Culver offense flipped the switch and put up 19 points. To Culver’s chagrin 19 points still left them two touchdowns, a field goal and a safety shy of a win. Another Johnson-Nierman hookup led to a 25-yard insurance touchdown putting the game out of reach. Johnson finished the day 12-of-22 with 201 yards and three touchdowns. Nierman had game-highs with five catches, 111 yards and the two touchdowns.
Final score - Benedictine 40, Culver 22.
BC currently ranks No. 13 and with a win against upcoming Lindenwood in their regular season finale the Ravens could finish the season 9-2 going into postseason play. With a win at Lindenwood BC would run their regular season record to 38-5 (.884) over the last four years.