Tigers hang on for a 28-24 win at Chicago
October 2, 2004
CHICAGO, Ill. - The Tigers improved to 3-2 on the season with a 28-24 win over host University of Chicago, but they had to survive another opponent comeback to do so. The Maroons slipped to 1-3 with the loss.
Leading 28-12 after Jamarcus Shephard's 57-yard touchdown reception from Ross Wiethoff with six minutes left in the third, the Tigers watched that lead dwindle on the next two Maroons' possessions. Frank Brown's 17-yard touchdown run with 57 seconds left in the third cut the lead to 28-18. DePauw's next possession stalled and Chicago took over on its own 32.
The Maroons put together a 14-play, 68-yard drive that ended in Austin Way's 1-yard run. Mike Morentzi missed his third extra-point attempt of the day and the Tigers still held a 28-24 advantage with 6:59 to play.
The Tigers started from their own 33 and picked up a couple of first downs before being faced with a fourth and eight from the Chicago 37. The punt snap sailed over punter Bill Riley's head and no one gained control until the ball popped out of a pile and DePauw's Eric Lewis scooped it up at the DePauw 28 and returned it to the Maroons' 24 and a first down.
DePauw was able to run the clock down to 53 seconds after punting. Chicago advanced to their own 44 before time expired.
Wiethoff put the Tigers ahead on their second possession with a 91-yard sideline scamper. Jack Stockert closed the margin to 7-6 with a 23-yard pass from Marc Zera. Jason Murphy's 6-yard run and Shephard's 50-yard pass from Wiethoff made it 21-6 at the half.
The Maroons closed the gap to 21-12 early in the third after T.J. Rajcevich picked off a Wiethoff pass and returned it 50 yards. Brown plowed in from six yards for the score with 12:49 left in the third.
DePauw outgained Chicago 366-303 with Wiethoff rushing for 94 and Murphy adding 51. Wiethoff completed 13 of 21 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns to Shephard. Finishing with 10 catches for 159 yards, Shephard moved into fifth place on DePauw's all-time reception list, fourth on the receiving charts and third among all-purpose leaders.
Zera completed 25 of 41 passes for the Maroons for 223 yards with seven each going to Micah Dawson and Stockert.
Michael Elkins led the Tigers with 11 tackles and added an interception. DePauw finished with four sacks including one each by Dustin Hertel, Ian MacLeod, Rob Camfield and Forest Andrews. Gabriel Fernandez led Chicago with 121 tackles and three tackles for losses totaling six yards.
DePauw returns to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference action when it hosts Sewanee on Old Gold Day. Kickoff for the October 9 contest is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.