Tigers sack Colonels; Ryan sets or ties seven records

Tigers sack Colonels; Ryan sets or ties seven records

November 2, 2002



Danville, Ky. - The DePauw defense sacked Centre quarterback Brian Behrendt nine times and the offense racked up 479 yards on the way to a 38-17 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win. The victory lifted DePauw to its fourth straight win and improved its record to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the SCAC. Centre fell to 5-4 overall and 1-4 in the conference.


Charles Stanback recorded three sacks on the afternoon and Joshua Swift added two to spearhead the defensive effort that held Centre to just 40 rushing yards in 32 attempts. DePauw entered the game ranked 21st against the run.


Meanwhile, on the offensive side of the ball, Andy Yoder completed 26 of 36 passes for career highs of 352 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Andy Tolle hauled in eight of those for 54 yards and Dan Ryan added seven for 146 yards and a school-record tying three touchdowns. Jamarcus Shephard finished with six catches for 77 yards and one score.


Ryan became the SCAC's all-time leader in receptions with his career total of 179 and also topped the DePauw and SCAC all-time scoring lists with 248 points. Additionally, he broke the SCAC career touchdown record and tied the DePauw mark with 41. His three scores on the day lifted his single-season total to 15 which broke his mark of 13 set last season.


The Tigers scored on their first possession of the game as Yoder completed five of six with the last 28 going to Ryan for the score. Centre came back with a 37-yard field goal from Nick Zillich on the first play of the second quarter to cut the margin to 7-3.


DePauw answered with a seven-play drive covering 65 yards in just 2:13 as Yoder and Ryan teamed again for a 34-yard score with 12:36 left in the half.


Later in the half, Behrendt completed a 41-yard pass to Bryan Walker to the DePauw 2-yard line and, one play later, Behrendt rushed in from the one to make it 14-10. Ben Murray booted a 22-yard field goal with just 1:33 remaining in the half after Yoder completed all six passes in the series including the final 11 to Matt King to set up the field goal.


The DePauw defense stopped Centre on three plays on the ensuing series before Shephard blocked John Jennings' punt and DePauw took over on the Centre 49 with 48 seconds left. On the next play Shephard hauled in a pass from Yoder and streaked down the sideline for a 51-yard score to make it 24-10.


Centre nearly scored on the last play of the half as Behrendt again connected with Walker for a 52-yard pass play that ended at the DePauw 1-yard line with just sixth-tenths of a second remaining. DePauw's David Blackburn then intercepted Behrendt's pass in the end zone to preserve the 14-point halftime lead.


The Colonels forced a DePauw punt on the first series of the second half and began a 16-play, 87-yard scoring drive that ended with Behrendt's 13-yard strike to Walker to make it 24-17 with 6:11 remaining.


That would be as close as Centre would get as the Tigers used eight plays to cover 75 yards on the next drive with Yoder connecting with Ryan for a 37-yard score to push the DePauw lead to 30-17 with 1:36 left in the third. Yoder completed all five passes of the series. DePauw closed the scoring in the fourth on Jackson Rust's 10-yard run with 9:27 left in the game and Shephard's two-point conversion run.


Stanback and Mike Laszynski each had eight tackles on the afternoon with J.T. Benton recording seven. Laszynski, Benton, Jeremy Legge and Micah Lukens also had one sack for the contest.


Behrendt completed 24 of 43 passes for 316 yards and Walker hauled in eight catches for a Centre single-game record 189 yards. Brian Downs led the Colonels with 14 tackles with Matt Ellis and John Ortega each totaling nine.


DePauw hosts Rose-Hulman in the final home game of the season as well as the last SCAC contest of the year.