DePauw falls to sixth-ranked Trinity in 42-33 shootout
September 28, 2002
Greencastle, Ind. - In a game that featured 1,030 yards of offense, visiting Trinity (Texas) held on for a 42-33 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win at DePauw. The victory lifted sixth-ranked Trinity to 4-0 on the season and 1-0 in the SCAC. DePauw dropped to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in the SCAC.
DePauw battled back to within two points on two different occasions in the second half after trailing 28-12 at halftime. After DePauw quarterback Andy Yoder scored from two yards out and Ben Murray's successful point-after the hosts closed to 35-33 with 11:25 left. The touchdown was Yoder's third on the ground for the game. The drive opened with wide receiver John Stephens completing a 47-yard pass to Jamarcus Shephard.
Sixth-ranked Trinity came right back with a 12-play, 72-yard drive capped by Jeremy Boyce's 4-yard run with 6:35 left. DePauw then took over on its own 32 and drove to the Trinity 14 before safety Spencer Chase picked off Yoder's third-and-two pass at the Trinity 4-yard line with 3:16 remaining. Trinity then maintained possession until just 40 seconds remained.
Trinity wasted little time in getting out in front as it started the game with a scoring drive that ended with quarterback Roy Hampton's 36-yard pass to Jason Hunt just 2:46 into the contest. Hampton's 2-yard run later in the quarter made it 14-0.
Early in the second, Trinity back Jeremy Boyce fumbled after a hit by Steve Ellis and DePauw's Matt Stahley pounced on the loose ball. Seven plays later, Yoder rushed in from one yard. The point-after was blocked and Trinity held a 14-6 advantage with 11:55 left in the half.
Trinity opened its next series without Hampton who was hit on the previous possession, but on the first play it was receiver Jerheme Urban who teamed with Jason Hunt for a 66-yard pass play to the DePauw 4. A DePauw pass interference penalty on third down gave Trinity a first down at the 2-yard line and Sean Loving went in for the score. Todd Canion's extra point made it 21-6 Trinity with 10:42 left in the second quarter.
DePauw then struck on its next series as Yoder completed all four passes with three going to Shephard including the final one which was a 36-yard scoring play with 7:44 left in the half. The try for two failed and Trinity still led, 21-12.
Trinity backup quarterback Dan Desplaines led his team into DePauw territory on the next possession before Hampton came back with Trinity on the DePauw 25. He completed passes to Urban and Matt Federle before tossing a two-yard strike to Urban to make it 28-12 with 28 seconds left in the half. The drive consisted of 16 plays covering 77 yards and consuming 7:07.
DePauw did manage to get to the Trinity 29, but Yoder's pass was picked off at the 15 by Joe Koehler as time expired.
The hosts used a balance of run and pass in their first possession of the second half and advanced to the Trinity 4-yard line, but the guests shut down DePauw. Murray missed a 21-yard field goal to the right temporarily ending the DePauw threat.
The DePauw defense then stopped Trinity and forced them into their first punt of the day. The offense got the ball back on the Trinity 46 and Yoder opened with three straight completions to move the ball to the Trinity 40. Three runs moved the ball to the Trinity 4 before Yoder plunged in for the score to make it 28-19 with 5:54 left in the third.
Another defensive stand gave DePauw the ball back at its own 20. Nine plays and 80 yards later, Yoder tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Dan Ryan to cut the margin to 28-26 with 1:36 left in the third.
The touchdown reception was Ryan's 33rd of his collegiate career and extended both his DePauw and SCAC record. It also marked the 14th straight game in which he's caught a touchdown pass and the 22nd game out of his last 23.
Trinity responded with an eight-play series that covered 75 yards with Boyce running in from the 28 yards after breaking a tackle near the line of scrimmage to push the lead back to nine at 35-26 with 13:22 left.
DePauw totaled 504 yards of offense against a Trinity defense that entered the game ranked 19th in total defense in Division III at 218 yards per game. Trinity finished with 526 total yards after entering the contest ranked eighth in Division III with just under 514 per contest.
Boyce topped the 100-yard rushing plateau with 108 yards in 26 carries. As a team Trinity finished with 183 on the ground. Hampton totaled 55 yards on the ground. Jackson Rust paced DePauw with 51 rushing yards in 10 carries, while King added 40 in nine tries as the hosts totaled 137 ground yards.
Hampton completed 19 of 32 passes for 227 yards and two scores and wasn't intercepted. Desplaines filled in with four of five for 50 yards. Hunt led Trinity with 10 catches for 179 yards.
Yoder, making his fourth career start, posted a career high with 320 yards passing on 26 of 47, but was picked off three times. Shephard finished with nine catches for 206 yards, while Ryan had seven receptions for 67 yards. Yoder accounted for all five of DePauw's touchdowns.
Jason Leshikar paced Trinity with 10 tackles, while Matt Woodchick finished with nine. David Blackburn led DePauw with 11 followed by Justin Tillis with seven. Charles Stanback paced DePauw with two tackles for losses totaling 10 yards.
DePauw travels to the University of Chicago on Saturday, October 5, while Trinity hosts Rose-Hulman next Saturday.Back