Tiger Comeback Falls Short at Allegheny
October 13, 2012
Meadville, Pa. - Justin Murray's 12-yard touchdown run with 37 seconds left brought DePauw to within two points of host Allegheny, but the freshman's two-point conversion pass was incomplete and host Allegheny ran out the clock for a 22-20 North Coast Athletic Conference win.
DePauw dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the conference, while the Gators improved to 4-2 overall and 3-0 in NCAC play.
Allegheny scored on its second possession of the game as Ryan Mong connected on a 22-yard field goal. The series was set up by Derrrick Emigh's 30-yard punt return which gave the Gators the ball on the DePauw 37.
DePauw fumbled a punt return late in the first quarter and the hosts recovered at the DePauw 13. Three plays later, Mike Person teamed with Emigh for an 8-yard scoring pass. The point-after made it 10-0 with 1:01 left in the first.
Allegheny expanded the lead to 13-0 early in the second when Mong booted a 23-yard field goal.
The Tigers didn't pick up their initial first down until less than five minutes remained in the first half as Murray rushed for 19 yards into Allegheny territory. Murray completed an 11-yard scoring pass to Bobby Coburn with 1:20 left in the half to close the gap to 13-7 and cap a 10-play, 71-yard drive.
On its first series of the second half, DePauw drove to the Allegheny 2, but but couldn't score on third- and fourth-down plays marking the first time it came up empty in the red zone this season.
DePauw's defense didn't allow the Gators to get beyond the 2 and Nikko Sansone's 12-yard punt return gave the Tigers the ball at the Allegheny 30.
After collecting one first down, the Tigers were faced with third-and-13. An 11-yard pass to Coburn was coupled with a roughing the passer flag which pushed the ball to the Allegheny five. Connor Jeffers then hauled in his first collegiate touchdown reception on a 5-yard strike from Murray. Eric Malm's point-after gave DePauw a 14-13 lead with 3:55 remaining in the third.
DePauw's was pushed back to its own 8 to start its next drive and after Murray was sacked at the 2 on third down, the Tigers were forced to punt. Emigh's 24-yard punt return ave the Gators the ball on the DePauw 8. Two plays later, Tim Werley scored on an 8-yard run. The try for two failed, but Allegheny regained the lead at 19-14 with 13:10 left in the fourth.
The Tigers drove to the Allegheny 30 on their next possession, but couldn't convert on fourth down. On the next play, Werley fumbled and DePauw's Jake Konovsky recovered at the Gators' 30.
The momentum shift was short-lived as Murray was intercepted on the second play by Rudy DeStefano at the Allegheny 20. DeStefano returned the pick to the DePauw 8. DePauw's defense again stopped the Gators and Mong nailed a 25-yard field goal to make it 22-14 with 8:06 left.
DePauw again drove into Allegheny territory on its next possession but couldn't convert on fourth down. Another defensive stand gave the Tigers the ball on their own 34 with just 3:48 left.
The Tigers drove deep into Gators territory as Murray complete four of five passes. Murray capped the drive with the 12-yard run and score.
DePauw outgained Allegheny 253-173 and held an 18-10 edge in first downs.
The Tigers totaled 109 rushing yards led by Amen Galley's 46. Murray completed 21 of 37 passes for 144 yards. Zach Alleman hauled in five to lead the Tigers. Person completed 11 of 26 for 61 yards. while Werley led the way with 96 rushing yards.
Jack Quinn paced the Tigers with 10 tackles and a forced fumble, while Robby Schuler added eight. Quinn and Cody Crook each had 1.5 tackles for loss. Bill Devlin paced the Gators with 15 tackles, while Brad Burkey and DeStefano each had 10 tackles. Devlin had a team-high 4.5 tackles for loss.
DePauw hosts Kenyon in an NCAC contest on Saturday, October 20. Kickoff from Blackstock Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
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