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DePauw tops Rhodes, 34-25 in season opener

DePauw tops Rhodes, 34-25 in season opener

September 7, 2002



Memphis, Tenn. - The Tigers jumped out to a 13-0 lead at Rhodes in the first 5:12 of the 2002 season and never looked back on the way to a 34-25 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win.


Junior quarterback Andy Yoder and senior receiver Dan Ryan teamed up for three scores as the Tigers as Ryan tied the DePauw single-game record for receiving touchdowns.


Yoder completed 21 of 38 passes for 251 yards and the three scores while Ryan hauled in nine catches for 149 yards.


On the Tigers' first possession, Yoder connected on all four pass attempts with three going to Ryan including the final one for the 38-yard score. That catch by Ryan broke the DePauw career mark of 26 held by Jamie Cunha (1992-96).


Josh Angel picked off Daniel Swanstrom's third down pass on the next possession and returned it 31 yards for a score that pushed the DePauw lead to 13-0.


A DePauw fumble late in the first quarter set up the Lynx's initial first down early in the second and eventually led to a 20-yard field goal by Andy English. Later in the second Rhodes blocked a DePauw punt deep in the Tigers' own territory. One play later they cut the gap to 13-10 on Swanstrom's 5-yard pass to Matt Dement with 8:05 left in the half.


On the ensuing series, Mark Rinehart returned the kickoff 39 yards to the DePauw 47. Yoder completed a 31-yard strike to Andy Tolle and a 28-yarder to Ryan for the score that made it 20-10 with 6:59 left in the half.


The Tigers defense held the Lynx to just one first down and only 37 yards of offense in the first half in building the 10-point advantage.


Jamarcus Shephard returned the opening kickoff of the second half 51 yards to the Rhodes 35. Later in the possession Ben Murray came on to attempt a 34-yard field goal, but holder Andy Tolle took the snap and completed a pass to Shephard for a 16-yard gain to the 1-yard line. Two plays later Jon Gratz bullied in to give the Tigers a 27-10 lead.


That lead reached 34-10 on DePauw's next possession when Yoder and Ryan teamed for an 8-yard score with 7:33 left in the third.


The Lynx came back quickly as Swanstrom completed a 20-yard pass to Ed Roberts and a 54-yarder to Rory Faver. Two plays later Faver rushed in from one yard with 6:33 remaining in the quarter. Swanstrom then connected with R. McLaughlin for the two-point conversion to cut the DePauw margin to 34-18.


Swanstrom's 7-yard pass to Roberts with 7:10 left in the game rounded out the scoring.


DePauw finished the game with three fumbles lost and four turnovers in all, while the Lynx lost two fumbles and were picked off once.


"We made mistakes today that we shouldn't have," head coach Nick Mourouzis said. "We can't beat ourselves."


The Tigers finished with 351 yards of offense to the Lynx's 325. Jackson Rust led the Tigers with 60 rushing yards on 24 carries. In addition to Ryan's nine receptions, John Stephens hauled in seven catches for 46 yards.


Swanstrom completed 24 of 48 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns. His top receivers were Roberts, Dement and Ward Poston who each caught three.


Defensively, DePauw's Cory Partlow was credited with eight tackles and two pass breakups, while Matt Stahley had seven tackles. Tommy Mitchell recorded a pair of sacks. Tal Goldsby and Josh Irby paced Rhodes with 11 tackles each.


The Tigers open the home portion of the season on Saturday, Sept. 14, when they host Hope College at 1:30 p.m. The contest is part of Community Day and there is no admission charge.