Sophomore linebacker Shane Strom set a school record by returning a fumble 96 yards for a touchdown, but that was the only time Colorado College would find the end zone as the Tigers came out on the short end of a 28-7 decision against Rhodes College on Saturday in Memphis.
CC dropped to 0-5 overall and 0-4 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, while the Lynx improved to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in conference play.
The Tigers forced turnovers on Rhodes’ first two possessions. Saul Levy recovered a fumble on the Lynx’s 16-yard line, but Martin Golobic missed a 29-yard field goal. On the next play, Mike Wendorf picked off a Brett Stoots pass, but CC managed just one first down before punting.
Matt Gilbert put Rhodes ahead on a 1-yard scoring plunge with 13:16 remaining in the second quarter, and then after a CC punt, Charles Hoggard scored from eight yards out to give the Lynx a 14-0 lead with 8:17 left in the half.
Rhodes was on the verge of extending its lead after blocking a Golobic punt, driving to the Tigers’ 2-yard line with 1:19 to go before halftime, but Stoots fumbled and Strom galloped 96 yards to give CC a 14-point swing.
The Lynx drove 53 yards to set up a 32-yard field goal attempt, but Strom blocked the kick and CC ran out the clock.
On the first play of the second half, Matt McDermott recorded his first career interception to give CC the ball on its own 43-yard line, but the ensuing drive ended on the Rhodes 35.
Stoots connected with Jake Jackson on a 31-yard scoring strike to give Rhodes a 21-7 lead with 9:24 to play in the third period, and Gilbert found the end zone a second time with a 2-yard dive with 6:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Sean Farrell had 70 yards rushing for the Tigers, while Jon McDonald added 61.
Buddy Ferreira, Alpha Anders and Josh Underwood each had eight tackles to pace the CC defense.
Hoggard led the Lynx with 119 rushing yards, while Stoots completed 10 of 20 passes for 168 yards.
Colorado College will be on the road again next weekend when the Tigers travel to Greencastle, Ind., to face DePauw University.