Tiger Football Team Moves to 3-1 with win in ICAC Opener
October 5, 1996
October 5, 1996, Greencastle, Ind. - A solid defensive performance by the DePauw Tigers propelled them to a 29-11 win over visiting Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Anderson University. The win lifts the Tigers to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the ICAC. Anderson is also 3-1, but 0-1 in conference play.
DePauw's defense held Anderson to just 173 yards of offense and only 86 on the ground in 40 attempts. The Tiger offense, meanwhile, put up big numbers in the first half. The Tigers racked up 252 of their 382 total offense yards in the first 30 minutes in building a 22-8 advantage.
Senior tight end and all-America candidate Jay Pettigrew (Indianapolis/Northwest) finished with 11 catches for 157 yards and two touchdowns. He has now caught at least one pass in 33 straight games. Pettigrew totaled 10 catches and 151 yards in the first half alone.
The Tigers got things started early as Jason Gardner (Jr., Milan/Rockville) booted a 31-yard field goal on the Tigers' first series. After a defensive stand, the Tigers got the ball back on their own 13-yard line and began an 11-play, 87-yard drive which was capped off by Pettigrew's 47-yard scoring reception from Bernie Haskins (Jr., Elkhart/Central). The highlight of that drive was a fake punt from the DePauw 22-yard line in which punter Matt Hollway (Jr., Lewis Center, Ohio/Olentangy) completed a 16-yard pass to Pettigrew to keep the drive alive.
DePauw senior safety Scott Farnham (Sr., Omaha, Neb./Westside) intercepted Brian Schenberg's (Jr., Carmel/Westfield) halfback pass which set the stage for Pettigrew's second TD of the game, a 31-yard score from Haskins with 13:09 left in the first half. Haskins tossed one more touchdown pass to a wide open Jamie Cunha (Sr., Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) for a 27-yard score with 7:21 left in the half.
Anderson battled back and with 59 seconds left in the half, Schenberg rushed in from 13 yards out. Quarterback Michael Mosser tossed the two-point conversion pass to Dan Young to make it 22-8 Tigers. The Ravens would later add a 24-yard field goal off the foot of Michael Roberts and the Tigers got a two-yard run from Johnathon Stigall (So., Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) in the fourth to make the final 29-11.
Austin Johnson (Jr., Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) led the Tigers with 10 tackles including two for losses totaling 11 yards. Michael Lewis (Jr., Kokomo/Northwestern) added nine and Matt MacPherson (Dayton, Ohio/Northridge) had eight. Haskins led the Tigers with 20-of-43 passing for 264 yards and three touchdown passes, while David Schubert (So., Coatesville/North Putnam) totaled 87 yards on the ground.
Safety Matt Anderson paced the Ravens with 14 tackles, while safety Aaron Patterson and linebacker Steve Pyle each had 11. Mosser completed 10 of 19 passes for 87 yards.
The Ravens, who entered the game with the best takeaway-giveaway margin in NCAA Division III play, lost the ball three times to the Tigers' two.
DePauw travels to Franklin next Saturday, while Anderson is at Rose-Hulman.