Maroon Football Holds Off Macalester in Fourth Quarter, 28-21

Marco Cobian
Marco Cobian

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Quick-hitting scoring drives helped the University of Chicago football team jump ahead and hold off a last-minute Macalester College comeback by a 28-21 margin on Saturday afternoon.

The Maroons improved to 6-3 overall and 4-1 in the Midwest Conference North Division. The Scots fell to 5-4 (2-3 MWC North).

Both teams were effective through the air, combining for 613 passing yards. UChicago was able to find balance with 152 rushing yards (4.2 yards per carry) and 273 passing yards. Macalester leaned heavily on its aerial attack, throwing the ball 50 times for 340 yards versus a mere 36 rushing yards on 18 carries.

Maroon junior quarterback Marco Cobian set new career highs with 18 completions on 27 attempts for 273 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He also ran the ball 14 times for 52 yards. First-year running back Nicholas D'Ambrose tallied 18 carries for 107 yards. Rookie wide receiver Caden Kalinowski scored every time he touched the ball, compiling three touchdowns and 115 receiving yards. Fellow first-year wide receiver Jacob Jackson snagged six passes for 65 yards.

Defensively, UChicago was paced by first-year linebacker Josh Godosky's 11 tackles and sophomore defensive tackle Jackson Ross' nine tackles. Senior safety Jeremy Vincent and junior cornerback Roberto Rabines snagged one interception each.

The Maroons struck pay dirt on their first drive of the game. After taking possession of the ball near midfield, it took only five plays for the visitors to get into the end zone. Cobian hooked up with Kalinowski for a 32-yard touchdown pass.

Macalester immediately drove the ball right back into the red zone, but Rabines picked off a pass at the seven-yard line to end the threat. But two possessions later, the home team did get onto the board with a 26-yard score of its own.

Only three plays later, UChicago recaptured the advantage at 14-7 thanks to a 73-yard reception that Kalinowski took to the house.

Later in the second quarter, the Maroons pinned the Scots at their own four-yard line. However, Macalester strung together a 10-play, 96-yard scoring drive that concluded with a 30-yard trick pass thrown by wide receiver Alec Beatty.

Undeterred, UChicago responded by going 76 yards in a mere 47 seconds to take a 21-14 lead in the final minute before halftime. Junior wide receiver Dante Nepa hauled in the 23-yard score from Cobian.

The visitors went ahead by two scores in the third quarter. Cobian converted a trio of third downs in a 12-play, 72-yard drive that ate up five minutes of game clock. The signal caller capped it by finding Kalinowski for the third time from 10 yards out.

Macalester marched all the way to UChicago's four-yard line at the start of the fourth quarter. But the defense stuffed all four plays as the hosts turned the ball over on downs.

The home side made a big charge down the stretch, finally drawing to within 28-21 with 3:12 remaining in the game. The Scots then recovered the onside kick to give themselves one last shot. But UChicago held strong and stopped the hosts short on a 4th-and-19.

With two minutes left, UChicago was able to salt the game away, thanks to a 15-yard scramble by Cobian on third down.

The two teams combined to convert 16 of 29 on third-down situations (55 percent).

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