Tigers Win Double-Overtime Thriller
October 20, 2007
October 20, 2007, Colorado Springs, Colo. - Jeremiah Marks rushed for a DePauw record 211 yards, but it was his last five that set up the Tigers' 41-40 double overtime win at Colorado College. DePauw improved to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, while Colorado College dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-4 in the conference.
In the second overtime, Justin Alexander put Colorado ahead 40-34, but DePauw blocked the extra-point attempt. The Tigers were then faced with a fourth-and-six from the Colorado College 21 and the hosts were called for a pass interference which moved the ball to the 5. On the next play, Marks rushed in for the game-tying score and Brendan Smith booted the winning extra point.
"It's hard when you've just been scored upon to come back and block the extra point, but I give our defense a lot of credit," DePauw head coach Matt Walker said.
Each team scored on its first play of overtime as Marks ran it in from 25 yards and Colorado College's Ross Alisiani caught a 25-yard pass from Jon McDonald.
The Tigers struck first in the contest as they took advantage of Jevon Pruitt's first-quarter interception. Marks covered 36 yards on the first play of their second drive. Colorado College took a 14-7 lead in the first as Mike Wendorf scored on a 5-yard run and Alexander reached paydirt form eight yards.
Marks tied the game at 14-14 in the second on a 2-yard run before Colorado took the lead into the halftime on Max Green's 24-yard field goal with 14 seconds left in the half.
On DePauw's first series of the second half the Tigers drove to the Colorado 27 before the drive stalled. Dick's pooch punt was downed at the 3 and, on the next play, Alexander was tackled in the end zone by J.J. Costello for a safety. On the ensuing series, DePauw took a 19-17 lead on Brendan Smith's 24-yard field goal with 6:16 left in the third. Green matched that with a 23-yard field goal to make it 20-19 with 2:53 left in the third.
DePauw drove to the Colorado 15 on the next possession, but Dick's fourth down pass to Mulligan was ruled just shy of a first down. Three plays later Reed Scherrer picked off McDonald's pass at the Colorado 30 and returned it to the 10 early in the fourth DePauw looked poised to take the lead, but on the second play, Dick tossed a pass to fullback Brett Claxton who had the ball jarred loose by Joby Rittenhouse just prior to crossing the goal line and Adam Grush recovered in the end zone for a touchback.
Colorado embarked on a 17-play drive that took nearly half of the fourth quarter and was sustained by three third down conversions and one on a DePauw fourth-down holding penalty. Alexander rushed six yards for the score that made it 27-19 with 6:44 left in regulation.
The Tigers wasted little time in marching to their game-tying score in just 1:21 as Dick completed 3 of 4 passes for 60 yards and Marks totaled 20 yards in three carries including the 2-yard touchdown run.
Marks' 211 rushing yards broke the DePauw single-game record of 202 set by Terry Dickey in 1990. His five rushing touchdowns also tied his own school record which also moved his career total to 49 breaking the all-time SCAC mark.
"He's (Marks) our workhorse and I guess he needed a game to get the rust off first,"Walker said of Marks' performance after missing three games to injury and returning last week.
"This was one of the most exciting games I've been associated with," Walker added. Both teams refused to lose."
The hosts outgained the Tigers, 454-383, but DePauw held a 202-111 edge on the ground. Dick completed 12 of 28 passes for 181 yards as Mulligan and Chris Gasbarra each caught four for 68 yards. McDonald was 30 of 48 for 343 yards. Nolan Swett caught 14 of those passes for 159 yards and Alisiani caught eight for 137 yards.
Tarren Collins led the Tigers with 13 tackles, while Mike Sprengnether followed with 11. Alex Fitch and Bill Snyder recorded one sack apiece and the Tigers totaled eight tackles for loss. Buddy Rerreira led Colorado with 11 and Rittenhouse followed with 10.
DePauw hosts Austin on October 27 in the 101st Old Gold Day, while Colorado College travels to Birmingham-Southern.