Tigers blank Sewanee 21-0
October 11, 2003
Sophomore quarterback Ross Wiethoff rushed for a career-high 143 yards on just 13 carries and the DePauw defense recorded its first shutout in three seasons in a 21-0 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory at Sewanee.
The win lifted DePauw’s record to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the SCAC, while Sewanee dropped to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
“It’s great to have the shutout,” DePauw head coach Nick Mourouzis said.
“It all starts up front and we controlled the line of scrimmage today. Our coaches had a good game plan on defense and our players executed it well.”
The two teams battled through a scoreless first quarter before DePauw took a 7-0 lead on its first series of the second quarter as Wiethoff rushed in from the 1-yardline. Wiethoff completed an 8-yard pass to Jamarcus Shephard on fourth and four from the Sewanee 27 to keep the drive alive before scampering 18 yards on the next play to set up the touchdown.
On their next possession the Tigers drove to the Sewanee 12 before stalling on fourth down. Another defensive stand by DePauw forced Sewanee into its fifth punt of the half. DePauw’s Adam Sisson fielded Wes Satterfield’s boot at the DePauw 44 and, following some outstanding blocks, return the punt all the way for a score. John Wallace’s second extra-point of the game pushed DePauw’s lead to 14-0 with 1:11 left in the half.
One of Sewanee’s best scoring opportunities came late in the third quarter on the first play of a series that started on the Sewanee 24. Matt Taylor bran through the Tiger defense, crossed midfield before Jonathan Tatum stripped the ball from behind and Joshua Swift recovered at the DePauw 21.
DePauw’s final scoring drive started on the final play of the third quarter as Wiethoff rushed nine yards to the DePauw 25. Following Matt King’s 2-yard run and David Araiza’s 1-yard gain, Wiethoff picked up eight yards to the DePauw 36. Faced with a third and one, Wiethoff ran a sneak that turned into a 64-yard scamper for a touchdown. Wallace’s extra point made it 21-0 with 12:52 left in the game.
The only item in doubt was whether or not DePauw could keep the shutout and Sewanee certainly challenged after starting on their own 8-yardline. Satterfield completed a 10-yard pass to Jon Cole on fourth and six from the DePauw 20. On second down, DePauw’s Justin Tillis picked off Satterfield’s pass at the DePauw 6 and returned it 42 yards with 5:01 remaining. DePauw held the ball for the final 5:01.
DePauw finished with a season-high 263 rushing yards in 49 attempts and finished with 355 total yards. Sewanee rushed for 161 yards and totaled 255 for the contest. In addition to Wiethoff’s 143 yards, King finished with 80 on 17 carries. Shephard caught seven passes for 39 yards.
Justin Askew paced Sewanee with 60 rushing yards in eight attempts.
DePauw’ Jeremy Legge and Chris Lambring were credited with six tackles each, while Sewanee was paced by Harlin Hickerson with 10 stops.
The Tigers are off next Saturday and return to SCAC play on Saturday, October 25, when they host Millsaps.Back