The Eureka College football team put forth its best defensive effort in nearly a decade and junior quarterback Sam Durley threw a pair of touchdowns to senior receiver Wes Schmidgall, leading the Red Devils to a 23-6 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference victory over Crown, Saturday afternoon at McKinzie Field. Crown (0-2, 0-1 UMAC) took charge on the first possession of the game, converting twice on third down and an additional two times on fourth down to race to a 6-0 lead. Crown quarterback Wes Safford capped the 17-play, 66-yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal. The snap on the extra point was bobbled, leaving the score at 6-0 in favor of the visitors with 5:13 left in the first quarter. The Eureka (1-1, 1-0 UMAC) defense yielded one first down on a rush from Crown running back Tyler Hallblade before forcing a punt early in the second quarter. The Red Devils made quick work of the Storm defense for the second consecutive possession and ultimately took their first lead of the game. Senior wideout Cody Myers snagged a pair of passes from Durley on the drive, including a 28-yard catch that moved the Red Devils to the 1-yard line, before senior Alex Hess punched in his fifth career rushing touchdown for a 13-6 advantage with 12:20 left in the first half. Eureka’s defense was outstanding for the duration of the game, as the Storm was able to advance past the 50-yard line only four times on Saturday. The Eureka defense forced six punts, two turnovers on downs and didn’t allow the Storm to enter the red zone after its opening scoring drive. The six points allowed were the fewest allowed by a Eureka defense since the Red Devils gave up six points in a 6-0 loss to MacMurray on Oct. 26, 2002.