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Two blocked field goals in final minutes doom 4-peat

Shinichi Inoue

Issue date: 11/12/10 Section: Sports
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Zach Homyk catches the Spartans' only touchdown against Washington University. Homyk is 5 receptions and 37 yards away from breaking school records.
Zach Homyk catches the Spartans' only touchdown against Washington University. Homyk is 5 receptions and 37 yards away from breaking school records.
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On a cold and snowy afternoon last Saturday, Nov. 6, Case Western Reserve University's football team came up short against Washington University. Two late blocked field goals in the final four minutes sealed the Spartans' fate as they lost 14-13 against the Bears.

Wide receiver Zach Homyk said "Washington was a big challenge and obviously they played great...they have good spread, they're physical, and they just outplayed us."

The loss was the second straight University Athletic Association heartbreaker for the Spartans, dropping their record to 7-2 overall and 0-2 in the UAA standings. The loss eliminated the Spartans from being able to claim their fourth straight conference title. CWRU lost their first regular season home contest since Oct. 14, 2006 against Carnegie Mellon University.

With their sixth straight win, the Bears improve to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in the UAA. This winning streak is the longest streak for the Bears since the 2005-06 seasons. Washington now extends its all-time series lead against CWRU to 17-8.

The Spartans took the opening drive of the game 61 yards on 10 plays and got on the board when senior kicker Sam Coffey connected for a 21-yard field goal at the 10:04 mark. With the score at 3-0, Washington took the ensuing drive to the Spartans' 32-yard line but was forced to punt the ball away thanks to a sack by Spartan junior linebacker Jacob Adams.

A downed punt at the Case one-yard line and a fumble four plays later set up the Bears with excellent field position at the 15-yard line. Two plays later, Bears running back Jim O'Brien rushed in for a 15-yard touchdown run. Kicker Eric Chalifour connected on the extra point to put the Bears ahead 7-3 at the 4:56 mark in the first quarter.

The Spartans answered on the following possession with a 13-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Joey Baum to senior wide receiver Zach Homyk. Coffey completed the extra-point after, making the score 10-7. Washington was unable to reach the end zone on the following drive as the Spartans defense held on to end the first quarter as the score sat at 10-7.
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