HOBART | Lowell wasn't having the luck it had hoped for with five first downs in the first half.
Its offense, it turned out, was sparked by its defense. In the first 47 seconds of the second half, Red Devils linebacker Daniel Garza recovered a fumble and rumbled four yards to turn Lowell's frown upside down.
The difference at the time turned into a big one in the end as the Red Devils remained unbeaten in the Northwest Crossroads Conference with a 21-20 win over Hobart.
The defense -- which in addition to the fumble recovery can be credited with three big stops -- held the Brickies (4-2, 2-2) to less than 100 yards on the ground.
Lowell's D also stopped Hobart's offense on a pair of drives that resulted in a total of six points -- field goals of 22 and 38 yards by Matt Plesac -- which counted as the difference in the game.
In less than two minutes, the defense forced an offensive pass interference as Hobart was driving to force quarterback Andrew Barras into three straight incomplete passes. Barras was 18-of-24 for 195 yards for the Brickies.
"I could talk about our defense, they've been phenomenal all year, and even tonight we had to go deep into our linebackers, we had a kid hurt and the next kid steps up," Lowell coach Keith Kilmer said. "That's what we've been preaching all year. They're excited about playing. I don't know how to explain it, it's just nice to have them and the kids are enjoying playing the game."
Offensively, Lowell (4-2, 4-0) pounded the ball in the way that only the Red Devils can. George Fields picked up his 177 yards with two touchdowns, including a 38-yard rumble to put Lowell up 21-17 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
"(Our defense) works so hard in practice all week and we fight through a lot of that adversity and it comes down to this," Fields said. "It's great to get a W."
The Brickies had touchdowns on a pair of short runs -- 3 yards and 1 yard -- by Noah Smith. They converted 15 first downs and were successful more times than not on third-down tries.
They were also hit with 40 yards in penalties.
"The pass interference in the final stretch inside the two minutes, that hurt and put us in a tough position to try to get a first down at that point," Hobart coach Ryan Turley said. "I want them to remember how it feels. We're at the point of the season right now we have to come together and get back on track and get ready for the playoffs."