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Graphic Edge opener sees Iowa Central upset Rochester in overtime
 December 8, 2013

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – In an overtime thriller, Iowa Central knocked off No. 7 Rochester 23-20 in the opening game of the Graphic Edge Bowl.

After giving up a field goal to Rochester in the first overtime possession, Tritons freshman quarterback Kendall Jackson hit sophomore wide receiver Brandynn Clark on a fade in the corner of the end zone. Clark’s 8-yard touchdown catch ended the game as Iowa Central walked off with the victory.

The Tritons put the first points on the board with a 15-yard touchdown run by freshman wide receiver Zach Minch. Clark increased Iowa Central’s lead to 14-0 in the second quarter with a touchdown run from 18 yards out. The Yellowjackets got on the board before halftime with a 41-yard field goal by freshman kicker Ruan Albuquerque – sending the game into the break at 14-3.

Rochester came out of the half firing, mounting a comeback with 14-unanswered points in the third quarter. Sophomore wide receiver Josh Zitzman began the run with a 22-yard touchdown reception from freshman quarterback Tanner Menke. The Yellowjackets then took their first lead of the game off a 2-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Charles Arnold.

Iowa Central knotted up the game at 17-17 in the fourth quarter with a 43-yard field goal by sophomore kicker Nathan Criswell. Rochester struck first in overtime with a 40-yard Albuquerque field goal before Clark’s touchdown in the catch in the succeeding period sealed the victory for the Tritons.

This upset marked the second time in four years that the Tritons have knocked off a 10-win Rochester team ranked in the top 15. In the 2010 North Star Bowl, a 6-3 Iowa Central team shocked the No. 12 Yellowjackets with a 32-7 victory.

Iowa Central’s victory in the Graphic Edge Bowl was their 10th in 20 appearances. The Tritons are now 7-4 all-time in the opening game of the bowl’s double-header.

Capping off their .500 regular season with the bowl win, Iowa Central advances to 6-5 for the year. Rochester’s final record for 2013 dropped to 10-2 following the defeat.

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