DIII football: DePauw hands Denison its first loss
GREENCASTLE, Ind. — DePauw's defense sacked Denison quarterbacks six times, held the Big Red to 12 rushing yards and picked off four passes, while the offense scored 24 first-half points on the way to a 30-16 North Coast Athletic Conference win over 22nd-ranked and previously unbeaten Denison.
The Tigers improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in the conference, while the Big Red slipped to 7-1 overall and 6-1 in the NCAC.
DePauw took an early 3-0 lead as Marko Adams booted a 19-yard field goal with 10:12 left in the first.
Denison's Conor Dunn attempted a 39-yard field goal early in the second that was blocked giving the Tigers the ball at the Denison 41. Matt Huntcompleted an 11-yard scoring pass to his brother, Andy, to extend the lead to 10-0 with 9:07 remaining in the second.
After DePauw's defense stopped the Big Red on downs, the offense took over on its own 41. Six plays later Matt Hunt found Ben Wilson open for a 37-yard scoring play to make it 17-0 with 4:41 left in the half.
Later in the half, Denison put together a 10-play, 86-yard series capped by Canaan Gebele's 31-yard scoring pass to Ryan Roberts.
DePauw regained the momentum quickly as Matt Hunt teamed with Nolan Ayres for a six-yard score with just 9.3 seconds left that wrapped up an efficient eight-play, 65-yard drive.
Denison was driving on its opening possession of the second half but Zachary Reichleintercepted Gebele at the Tigers' 12 and returned it 20 yards. The Tigers marched to the Denison 21, but Adams' 38-yard field goal was off the mark.
The Tigers' defense posted a three-and-out and the offense started at the DePauw 35. Matt Hunt made it 30-7 as he ran through the Denison defense and away from them for a 37-yard TD with 5:58 left in the third. The Big Red's Joel Lohoua blocked the point-after and returned it all the way for two points to cut the lead to 30-9.
The game's final score came with 2:20 left as Tommy Iammarino tossed a four-yard pass to David Weimar.
DePauw held a 379-354 total offense edge and 22-17 in first downs.
Matt Hunt led the DePauw offense with 67 rushing yards, while Jason Kirchhoff added 55 of the Tigers' 124. Hunt also completed 25 of 40 passes for 255 yards with three touchdowns. Andy Hunt caught 10 passes for 94 yards.
Gebele completed 23 of 41 passes for 239 yards , while Tommy Iammarino was 8-of-14 for 103 yards. Charlie Mueller caught 11 for 101 yards.
Brooks Hepp led the DePauw with 12 tackles and three pass breakups. Pete Nelson had 3.5 of DePauw's six sacks as the Tigers held Denison to just 12 rushing yards in 22 attempts. Rocky Leffler, Reichle, David Cory and Joel Kauth each had one interception.
Andrew Baird led Denison with 12 tackles and Ryan Zinkula added 10. Each also had one interception.