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Tigers Roll Past Engineers 31-15; Remain on top of ICAC Standings with Fourth Straight Win

October 26, 1996

PRE-GAME NOTES | STATISTICS

October 26, 1996, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw Tigers spotted the host Rose-Hulman Engineers a 7-3 first-half lead, but quickly turned things around in the second half for a 31-15 Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference victory. The win, the Tigers' fourth straight, raises their record to 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the ICAC. The Engineers fell to 2-5 overall and 2-2 in the ICAC.

The teams battled through a scoreless first quarter before the Tigers took advantage of Jon Holloway's 33-yard punt return which gave the Old Gold the ball at the Rose-Hulman 49. The Tigers drove to the Engineers' six, but couldn't convert on third down. Jason Gardner's 24-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead with 11:21 left in the second quarter. The Engineers responded with a long, sustained drive of 15 plays covering 80 yards in 7:47 which was capped off by a three-yard scoring pass from Eric Hyten to A.J. Wilkerson with 3:34 left in the half.

The game turned on the first play of the second half as Rose-Hulman's Stuart Quay fumbled and the Tigers' Paul Scribner recovered at the Engineer 37. DePauw quarterback Bernie Haskins found all-America candidate Jay Pettigrew open for a 37-yard score on the very next play. Garnder's point-after gave the Tigers a 10-7 lead. Just over six minutes later Haskins and Pettigrew teamed again for a 53-yard score to make it 17-7.

The Tiger defense continued to stymie the Engineers' option attack in the second half and, early in the fourth, Scribner intercepted Hyten's pass at the Rose-Hulman 36 and returned it to the 10. Three plays later Haskins found Joe Cheshire for a five-yard score to make it 24-7 Tigers. The Tigers' next possession resulted in their final score as Haskins teamed for another touchdown with Cheshire with 7:29 left to give DePauw a 31-7 lead.

The Engineers scored on their next possession against the Tigers' second team defense, but the Old Gold was able to hold on for the win.

Pettigrew led the Tigers with four catches for 96 yards and extended his streak of games with at least one catch to 36 straight, just one shy of tying the NCAA Division III record. Sophomore running back Johnathon Stigall added four grabs for 42 yards and totaled 54 rushing yards in 17 carries. Haskins finished with 279 yards passing and four touchdowns while completing 20 of 32 passes. Hyten led Rose-Hulman with 110 rushing yards, followed by Quay with 83.

Tackle Tim Capper and linebacker Michael Lewis paced the Tiger defense with nine tackles each. Scribner, making his first collegiate start, totaled eight tackles along with two interceptions and a fumble recovery. Chad Schwartz and Todd Melby each were in on nine stops for the Engineers.

The four straight wins is the most by a DePauw team since 1991 and the six wins on the season assures the Old Gold of its first winning season since 1991.

DePauw hosts Manchester next Saturday, while Rose-Hulman travels to Franklin.

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