Tigers roll to 43-14 win over Engineers for fifth straight win

Tigers roll to 43-14 win over Engineers for fifth straight win

November 9, 2002


Greencastle, Ind. (11-9-02) - DePauw totaled 461 yards of offense and held Rose-Hulman to 200, including just 39 in the second half, on the way to a 43-14 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win. The victory, DePauw's fifth straight, lifted their overall record to 7-2. They finished SCAC play with a 5-1 mark and no worse than an outright second-place finish.


The Engineers fell to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in the SCAC. The Tigers gained a season-high 240 rushing yards and totaled 221 through the air while the defense, ranked 16th in Division III rushing defense, held Rose-Hulman to just 39 yards in 26 attempts.


DePauw scored on the game's first series as Matt King rushed in from one yard with 10:35 left to cap an 11-play, 72-yard drive. The Engineers tied the contest in the second as Charlie Key scored on a 21-yard pass from Jared Tharpe with 5:38 remaining in the half. The score was set up by Nick Dames' interception of an Andy Yoder pass he returned to the DePauw 37. Jackson Rust's one-yard run at the 1:36 mark of the half put DePauw up for good, 14-7.


The Tigers scored on their first possession of the second half as Jamarcus Shephard carried for 10 yards on the first play and Yoder completed four of five passes including the final 20 to Shephard to make it 20-7 with 11:23 left in the third.


After Obinna Ugokwe intercepted Tharpe's pass and returned it to the Rose-Hulman 31, Ben Murray added a 35-yard field goal with 4:13 left in the third to push the lead to 23-7. DePauw's defense pinned Rose-Hulman deep in its own territory and, after a short punt, took over on the Engineers' 30 late in the third. Matt King picked up 23 yards in three carries before Yoder rushed in from the seven to make it 30-7.


 The Engineers attempted a fake punt early in the fourth, but Ugokwe tackled Rose-Hulman's Nick Dames after just a one-yard gain and DePauw took over on the Rose-Hulman 32. From there, Yoder completed a nine-yard pass to Shephard and Rust picked up 13 yards on two carries. Yoder then ran it in from the 10 for his second rushing touchdown of the game and his fifth of the season to make it 36-7.


Matt King scored his second touchdown of the contest on the Tigers' next series as he scored from three yards. Rust picked up 12 on one carry during the drive and backup quarterback Ross Wiethoff totaled 55 in just three tries.


The Engineers' lone score of the second half came after a bad snap by the Tigers was recovered by Rose-Hulman's Andy Gallone at the DePauw 1. Two plays later, Sam Burton rushed in for the game's final score. The DePauw defense limited the Engineers to minus 12 rushing yards and only one first down in the second half.


King paced the DePauw rushing offense with 76 ground yards, while Rust finished with 70. Yoder completed 19 of 33 passes for 221 yards with John Stephens catching six for 60 yards. Andy Tolle added four for 20 yards, while Dan Ryan finished with three for 76 and Shephard added three for 38.


Tharpe gained 46 yards on the ground and 153 through the air on 18 of 38 passing. His top target was Rob Keif with five catches for 47 yards. Matt Horne and Joe Kachmar each had three.


Nat Hill and Matt Zuber each finished with 10 tackles for Rose-Hulman, while Matt Stahley led DePauw with seven stops, one forced fumble and two pass breakups. Josh Angel finished with six tackles.


DePauw finishes the regular season at Wabash College on Saturday, November 16. Kickoff for the 109th meeting between the two schools and the 71st for possession of the Monon Bell Game is scheduled for 1:08 p.m. DePauw leads the all-time series 50-49-9.