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Late goal line stand preserves Tiger victory

October 29, 2005

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October 29, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - The Tiger defense stopped Centre on four straight plays at the 4-yard line with less than four minutes left and preserved a 14-7 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference victory over Centre.

With its sixth straight win, the Tigers improved to 6-1 overall and remained in a first-place tie in the SCAC with Trinity with a 4-0 SCAC record. Centre dropped to 6-3 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

Trailing 14-7 with 7:37 left in the fourth, Centre started on its own 28 and converted two straight third downs to advance to the DePauw 28. Adam Blandford rushed for six yards and Adam Clark for seven yards before Blandford carried two times for 11 yards to the DePauw 4.

Blandford was stopped for no gain on first down before Kevin Phelps threw an incomplete pass on third down. Blandford again was held for no gain on third down before Phelps failed to connect on the fourth down pass play.

Jeremiah Marks picked up a first down after three straight carries netted 13 yards and the Tigers were then able to run out the clock.

DePauw scored all of its points in the second quarter as Jason Murphy rushed for a 13-yard score with 13:36 left in the second, capping a nine play, 56-yard drive. Tyler Mallory's extra point made it 7-0.

Centre drove into DePauw territory on its first four first-half possessions, but the DePauw defense stopped them each time. The Colonels' Chris Zimmerman pinned the Tigers deep in their own territory when he landed a punt at the DePauw 3 with just 2:04 left in the half.

Marks lost a yard on first down before quarterback Ross Wiethoff picked up 14 yards on the next play. Marks then rambled for 37 yards to the Centre 47 before Wiethoff teamed with John Michels for a 47-yard score with 40 seconds remaining in the half.

The Colonels lone scoring drive started late in the third after a 37-yard punt return by Jacob Coleman gave Centre the ball at the 50.

Phelps converted on fourth down with a two-yard keeper to keep the drive going and later scored on a 1-yard run on fourth and goal with 10:22 left in the game.

Centre was the first team this season to hold an advantage over DePauw in both total yards and time possession as the Colonels totaled 348 yards to the Tigers' 273 and possessed the ball for over 34 minutes. Centre also ran 31 more plays than the Tigers.

DePauw totaled 191 yards on the ground led by Marks with 117 in 18 carries for his ninth career 100-yard game in 16 games. Blandford paced the Colonels with 155 yards on 31 tries as Centre finished with 246 on the ground.

Wiethoff completed six of 13 passes for 82 yards and a score, while Phelps connected on 10 of 26 for 90 yards. Six different DePauw receivers had one catch apiece. Clark led Centre with six catches for 50 yards.

Darron Lasley led the DePauw defense with a career-high 15 tackles, while Sylvester finished with 14. Dustin Hertel and Forest Andrews each recorded one sack.

Matt Johnson paced Centre with 10 tackles and shared the Colonels' lone sack with Adam Hay.

DePauw travels to Rose-Hulman next Saturday and can earn at least a share of the SCAC title with a win in its final SCAC game of the season. Centre finishes its season on November 12 at home with Rose-Hulman.

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