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Tigers Top Trinity; Move into SCAC First-Place Tie

October 24, 2009

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October 24, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. —  DePauw running backs Jon Ellis and Derrick Karaszia each topped the 100-yard rushing plateau against the nation's 16th-ranked rushing defense and led the Tigers to a 26-18 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Trinity.

DePauw improved to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the SCAC, while Trinity dropped to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the conference. With its first victory over Trinity in 11 tries and Millsaps' 24-0 win over Centre, DePauw moved into a first-place tie with Millsaps in the conference standings.

The teams exchanged first quarter field goals as DePauw's Jordan Havercamp hit a 34-yarder and Trinity's Garrett Biel knocked in one from 38 yards. Havercamp connected on a 22-yarder early in the second to give DePauw a 6-3 lead.

Later in the second, DePauw pinned Trinity at the seven when Havercamp was called upon for a 47-yard field goal try, but instead punted. Trinity used 13 plays to cover the 93 yards with Al Furlow scoring on a 3-yard run with 31 seconds remaining in the half giving Trinity a 10-6 lead.

DePauw's defense stopped Trinity near midfield of its opening drive of the second half and the Tigers started their first series of the half on their own 24. Spud Dick completed all three passes and, mixed in with the running of Karazsia and Ellis, DePauw drove to the Trinity 1. Ellis suffered a 3-yard loss on second down, but Dick teamed with Bryan Mulligan for a 4-yard score which gave the hosts a 13-10 lead with 5:58 left in the third.

Caleb Urban's 33-yard return on the ensuing kickoff gave Trinity the ball at its own 44. Trinity picked up a first down on the opening play and crossed midfield, but four penalties totaling 30 yards pushed them back to their own 27 and faced with a third-and-39 situation.

Following Trinity's punt, DePauw started on its own 29 and quickly drove to the Trinity 20 helped by Dick's 29-yard pass to Brayden Dahlstrom and a 13-yard strike to Alex Koors. Ellis then scampered in from the 20 as time expired in the third. Havercamp's point-after extended DePauw's lead to 20-10.

The Tigers' defense stopped Trinity on downs at midfield on their initial fourth quarter possession and, after the teams exchanged punts, DePauw got the ball back at its own 19 with 8:50 left.

Ellis carried three straight times for 43 yards as the Tigers moved to the Trinity 39. Karazsia then rushed three times for 19 yards to the 20. Dick completed a 10-yard pass to Mulligan and Ellis ran for eight to the 2. Dick then lofted a pass over a Trinity defender to Anthony Meek who ran it in from the 2 to make it 26-10 with 4:23 left.

Another long return by Urban gave Trinity the ball on its own 44. They drove to the DePauw 10 before quarterback Robert Davidson carried for nine yards on fourth-and 1. Davidson then tossed a 1-yard scoring pass to Riley Curry. Davidson's 2-point conversion pass to Tyson Cannon closed the gap to 26-18 with 2:02 left.

Koors recovered Biel's onside kick, but the Tigers weren't able to run out the clock and Adam Hill punted to the Trinity 17. Davidson's pass on the game's final play fell incomplete.

Ellis totaled 121 yards on 15 carries and Karazsia added a career-high 119 on 24 tries. as the Tigers totaled a season-high 249 yards.

Dick completed 19 of 28 passes for 183 yards and two scores with Dahlstrom hauling in nine for a career-high 102 yards. Mulligan had five catches for 40 yards and moved into second on DePauw's all-time receptions list with 187.

Trinity totaled 133 yards on the ground including 52 by Jeremy Staska who came off the bench at quarterback and picked up 53 on his first play. Davidson completed 14-of-27 off the bench for 124 yards. Curry finished with 11 catches for 105 yards.

DePauw's defense held Trinity to just 306 total yards with Kyle Sherer totaling 12 tackles and Thomas Wrona following with nine. Wrona led the Tigers with three tackles for loss and Alex Fitch had a pair of hurrries and a breakup.

Dennis Grebe led the Trinity defense with 11 tackles, while Jeff Jones, Tucker Morrow and Tyler Barrett each had seven.

The Tigers travel to Birmingham-Southern next Saturday for a non-conference game with the Panthers. Kickoff is set for Noon CDT.

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