October 13, 2012-The Emporia State defense pitched their first shutout since the opening game of the 2008 season with a 13-0 win over Lindenwood on Saturday at Jones Field at Welch Stadium. With the win the Hornets moved to 7-0 for the first time since 1988 and are one of just two undefeated MIAA teams after this afternoon's play.
The teams were pulled off the field 54 minutes before the start of the game due to lightning and again with 6:53 remaining in the first quarter. Neither team scored in the opening frame, the seventh straight game the Hornet defense has not allowed a point in first quarter.
Emporia State would get on the board with a 32 yard field goal from Derek Jonas with 11:52 left in the half and would take that lead into the locker rooms.The Hornets moved their lead to 6-0 with 39.7 seconds left in the third quarter on a 26 yard field goal from Jonas.
The only touchdown of the game would come on Emporia State's first possession of the fourth quarter. Tyler Eckenrode found Ray Ray Davis for a two yard touchdown pass that gave the Hornets a 13-0 lead with 12:00 left in the game. It was his school record tying 46th touchdown pass of his career and he eclipsed Brian Shay's school record for total offense on the drive.
Emporia State dominated the time of possession in the fourth quarter, holding the ball for 10:26, while intercepting Lindenwood on their final two possessions.
Eckenrode ended the game 21 of 36 for 257 yards and a touchdown while Shjuan Richardson had eight catches for 122 yards. Derwin Hall had 16 carries for 83 yards.
Taylor Jasin, subbing for an injured Ben Gomez, was 14 of 38 for 171 yards with four interceptions. Denodus O'Bryant gained 79 yards on 16 carries for the Lions.
Defensively Jordan Sanders had eight tackles and a sack for the Hornets. Gary Fortune had two interceptions, two pass break ups and three tackles. Gabe Patterson had four solo stops and an interception while Josh Taylor returned his interception 50 yards with 2:36 left to ice the victory.
Brock Reed had a game high 15 tackles to lead Lindenwood along with an interception in the endzone.
The Hornets will travel to Truman next weekend with a chance to tie their best start in school history. Kick-off from Stokes Stadium in Kirksville, Mo. is set for 2 p.m.
The last time Emporia State shutout an opponent was on August 30, 2008, a 42-0 win over Western (Colo.) State.
The last time Emporia State shutout an MIAA opponent was on September 23, 2000, a 24-0 win over Missouri Southern.
Eckenrode tied Tad Hatfield's Emporia State career record for touchdown passes and now has 46 in his career.
Eckenrode had 235 yards of total offense to pass Brian Shay's Emporia State career record. He now has 6,988 yards to pass Shay's mark of 6,958 set from 1995-98.
Eckenrode moved past Bob Janesko and Joe Jacobs up to eighth on the Emporia State single season passing list with 2,096 yards this season.
Richardson recorded his fourth 100 yard receiving game of the season.
The best start in Emporia State history was 8-0 in 1988.