Tigers Battle Back But Fall Short in Football Playoff Game, 49-39
November 21, 2009
November 21, 2009, Crestview Hills, Ky. — A courageous second half comeback came up short this afternoon as DePauw University's football team lost to #10 ranked Thomas More College in the NCAA Division III playoffs, 49-39. The setback ends DePauw's season with a 7-3 record; the Saints improve to 11-0 and advance in the playoffs. (at left: Tiger players sing Here's To DePauw to their fans after today's game)
The hosts built a 28-10 halftime lead but the Tigers roared back after the break. Trailing by just 3 points with about two minutes left to go in the game, DePauw turned the ball over on a forced fumble at the Tigers' 20 yard line, a turnover that led to a touchdown, making it 49-39.
But DePauw never quits. Senior quarterback Spud Dick (pictured at right) marched the team down the field and had Thomas More backpedaling until an interception at the Saints' 5 yard line iced the outcome.
Dick, DePauw's all-time passing leader playing in his final game, connected on 35-of-59 passes for 318 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Alex Koors caught 9 passes for 71 yards and a TD. Brayden Dahlstrom and Bryan Mulligan each grabbed 8 receptions and a touchdown apiece. Nathan Evans caught 4 passes, one of them for a score.
The Tigers rolled up 373 yards of total offense, 23 more than the Saints.
For comprehensive coverage of today's game, visit the team's Web page.
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