DePauw falls to Wisconsin-Stout, 23-0
September 11, 2004
Greencastle, Ind. - Visiting Wisconsin-Stout scored 20 second-half points to build upon a 3-0 halftime lead on the way to a 23-0 win over host DePauw on Community Day at Blackstock Stadium. The Tigers dropped to 1-1 on the season, while Stout improved to 1-0.
Stout quarterback Nick Ohman rushed for a game-high 116 yards, threw for 216 and accounted for all three Blue Devils touchdowns with one rushing and two passing. The Blue Devils led 3-0 at the half on a 19-yard field goal by Evan Larsen with 1:37 remaining in the first that capped a 19-play, 94-yard drive over an 8:10 span.
DePauw's defense put together a goal line stand late in the first half as it stopped the Blue Devils at the Tigers' 4-yard line. DePauw then drove to the Stout 16 with key plays coming on a Ross Weithoff to Jamarcus Shephard 48-yard pass play and a 15-yarder from Wiethoff to Brian Culp. Stephen Schils' sack of Wiethoff pushed the Tigers back and they eventually called upon Tyler Mallory for a 32-yard field goal with four seconds remaining. Mallory's kick, however, sailed wide left.
Stout took advantage of its first possession of the second half as it drove 82 yards in 12 plays with Ohman tossing a 25-yard scoring pass to John Freeman to make it 10-0 with 7:45 left in the third. The Blue Devils defense stopped the Tigers on three plays and got the ball back at the DePauw 49. Six plays later, Ohman ran it in from nine yards to make it 17-0.
The Tigers drove into Stout territory on the next series, but Matt McMahon fumbled at the Blue Devils' 35 and Schils recovered. Early in the fourth Jordan Sinz intercepted a Wiethoff pass and returned it to the Stout 46. Ohman teamed with Jesse Wendt for a 10-yard score with 9:18 left to make it 23-0. The extra point attempt was blocked.
"Defensively, we battled in the first half to keep the game close, but our offense never got into a rhythm," DePauw head coach Bill Lynch said. "A combination of our breakdowns and their stunting and blitzing hurt us today."
Stout totaled 416 yards of offense with 200 on the ground and 216 through the air and held DePauw to 280 yards including only 73 on the ground. The Blue Devils' Ryan Englebert rushed for 58 yards and caught eight passes for 28 yards. Ross Jones hauled in six for 81 yards.
Jeremiah Marks paced DePauw with 54 rushing yards in 10 carries. Wiethoff completed 10 of 19 passes for a career-high 193 yards. Five of those went to Shephard for 136 yards.
Defensively, Sinz and Schils each recorded seven tackles, while Schils led the way with a pair of sacks. Greg Sylester led DePauw with 15 tackles followed by Obinna Ugokwe with nine including a team-high three for losses totaling 12 yards.
"Their size was a factor," DePauw coach Bill Lynch said. "Their quarterback was outstanding. He made plays when things were breaking down."
The shutout was DePauw's first since it lost to Trinity in 1999 and its first at home since a loss to Hope in 1994.
DePauw hosts Hope College on Saturday, September 18, at 1:30 p.m. Wisconsin-Stout returns to action on Saturday, October 25, when it hosts Wisconsin-Oshkosh.