DePauw defense leads Tigers to fourth straight win
October 15, 2005
October 15, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw's defense limited visiting Rhodes to just 148 yards of offense and sacked Lynx quarterbacks six times as the Tigers came away with a 7-3 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory at Blackstock Stadium.
DePauw improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the SCAC with its fourth straight win and remained in a first-place tie with Trinity in the conference standings. Rhodes dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the SCAC.
The Tigers' lone score of the game came early in the second quarter after they took over on their own 39 following Dustin Hertel's interception of a Justin Seland pass with 1:53 left in the first. DePauw advanced to the Rhodes 1, but couldn't reach paydirt on third and fourth down plays.
However, the Lynx were whistled for pass interference on the fourth down pass attempt by DePauw quarterback Ross Wiethoff giving the Tigers first-and-goal from inside the Rhodes 1. Jason Murphy ran it in for the score on the nex play and Tyler Mallory's point-after made it 7-0 with 11:17 left in the half.
On the ensuing series, Rhodes drove to the DePauw 35 before DePauw's Forest Andrews sacked Sealand for a 5-yard loss on fourth down.
Later in the quarter, the Tigers' Eric Lewis sacked Sealand on first down and forced a fumble that the Tigers recovered at the Rhodes 31. DePauw advanced to the Lynx 25 before Mallory was called upon to attempt a 42-yard field goal. His boot hit the crossbar and bounced back and the score remained 7-0.
Rhodes started the opening drive of the second half at its own 30 and crossed midfield on a 29-yard run by Tyler Lake. They drove to the DePauw 22, but Sealand was stopped for a 2-yard loss on fourth down by Rob Farrow and Darron Lasley.
The Lynx lone score was set up midway through the fourth when Wiethoff was sacked by Daniel Brunner at the DePauw 30 and Will Bartholomew recovered the loose ball at the DePauw 31. Rhodes picked up a first down on a pair of runs by Lake, but the DePauw defense again applied the pressure with a pair of tackles for loss. Hunter Tigert then booted a 37-yard field goal with 4:04 remaining to make it 7-3.
Tigert's kickoff landed out-of-bounds and DePauw took over on its own 35. The Tigers converted a pair of third downs and then were able to run the clock out for the victory.
DePauw entered the game ranked 15th in Division III in pass efficiency defense (84.6) and 16th in scoring defense (13.0) and improved upon those numbers in the win. The Tigers held Rhodes to just 47 of their 148 yards in the second half and recorded 14 tackles for losses totaling 67 yards.
Hertel led the Tigers with 12 tackles including 10 solos. He also added three tackles for 18 yards in losses including a 9-yard sack. He intercepted his first collegiate pass and recorded a quarterback hurry. Farrow and Aaron Key each totaled nine tackles with Key leading the way with 1.5 sacks. Lewis also recorded three tackles for losses of 17 yards and Greg Sylvester picked off his second pass of the season in the victory.
Jake McCart paced Rhodes with 15 takcles with Leonard Hobson adding 11. Brunner led the Lynx with two sacks and a forced fumble.
Dorrius Ford led DePauw with 49 rushing yards on 18 carries, while Jeremiah Marks finished with 38 yards on 14 tries after sitting out the first half due to illness. Wiethoff completed four of 12 passes for 53 yards with two going to Chase Jonason for 30 yards. The Tigers totaled 168 yards including 115 on the ground.
Lake led Rhodes with 104 rushing yards on 25 carries, while quarterbacks Chandler Bares and Sealand each completed four of nine with one interception. The Lynx finished with 41 passing yards.
DePauw hosts Millsaps on Saturday, October 22, while Rhodes travels to Colorado College.