Tigers Earn First NCAA Football Playoff Berth with 34-23 Triumph
November 7, 2009
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November 7, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — DePauw University held off a hard charging option attack by the Austin College offense and emerged with a 34-23 victory at Blackstock Stadium in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference football action this afternoon. The triumph, which brings DePauw to 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the SCAC, clinches at least a share of the conference title for the Tigers. Austin falls to 4-4 and 2-3 in conference play.
The Tigers finished in a tie with Millsaps in the SCAC standings, but earned the conference’s automatic qualification into the Division III Championship by virtue of their win over Millsaps October 4. The appearance will be the Tigers' first in the football playoffs.
The Tigers collected 397 yards of total offense on the afternoon. Senior quarterback Spud Dick completed 31-of-40 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns. It marked his 14th game passing for 300+ yards, a school record he already holds, and his seventh this season, which set a new Tiger mark.
Two other DePauw school records were broken today. Bryan Mulligan caught 8 passes for 75 yards an a touchdown. His 202 career receptions now eclipse the previous all-time record of 195 by Jay True '81.
Alex Koors snatched 12 receptions for 111 yards and a TD, giving him 1,046 receiving yards on the season. The previous record of 991 yards was held by John Stephens from the 2001 season.
Jon Ellis led the running attack, gaining 56 yards on 17 carries, two for scores. Derrick Karaszia picked up 44 yards on 16 carries with a TD.
For a more comprehensive look at today's contest, visit the football team's Web page.
Next up for the black and gold is the 116th Monon Bell Classic, one of college football's greatest rivalries, which will be played at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Blackstock Stadium. DePauw's allotment of tickets for the annual rivalry game with Wabash College are sold out, but the game can be seen nationally on HDNet and heard on DePauw's student radio station, WGRE (91.5 FM or via this link). [Download Video: "Ballad of the Monon Bell - 2007 Version" - 10,419kb] [Download Audio: "Ballad of the Monon Bell - Stereo" - 2514kb]
A pre-order discount is available until Friday for the limited edition DVD of the 2009 battle for the Monon Bell. Discs of the 2001-08 games remain available in limited quantities. Details and an online order form can be found here.Back