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Tigers even record after 38-12 win at Hope

Tigers even record after 38-12 win at Hope

September 17, 2005


September 17, 2005, Holland, Mich. - DePauw's offense totaled 529 yards including 337 in the first half and the defense limited Hope to just 248 yards on the way to a 38-12 win over the Flying Dutchmen. The Tigers improved to 1-1 overall, while Hope slipped to 0-2.

A game in which DePauw dominated throughout certainly didn't start out that way for the Tigers. Hope took the opening kickoff and drove to the DePauw 14 before Nate Barnett was called on to attempt a 31-yard field goal. Michael McNelis blocked the kicked and the Tigers returned it to their own 36.

Jeremiah Marks fumbled on the Tigers' first play from scrimmage and Hope recovered at the DePauw 46. The Flying Dutchmen failed to pick up a first down and were forced to punt.

DePauw took over on its own 19 and quickly moved downfield as Marks picked up 26 yards on the first play of the series. Quarterback Ross Wiethoff completed a 10-yard pass to Brian Culp before the Tigers ran the ball the next 10 plays with Marks covering the final two yards to give the Tigers a 6-0 lead. Tyler Mallory's first of five successful extra points made it 7-0 with 3:50 left in the first.

The Tigers' defense again stopped Hope without a first down and, with the benefit of a Hope personal foul on the punt, DePauw took over on its own 47. Wiethoff completed a 19-yard, third-down pass to tight end Chase Jonason and two plays later a 25-yarder to Jonason gave the Tigers the ball at the Hope 1. Wiethoff kept the ball on the next play for the 1-yard touchdown that made it 14-0 with five seconds left in the first quarter.

Early in the second, the Tigers started on their own 34 and Wiethoff completed a 17-yard pass to Culp on third down and, on the next play, Culp threw a reverse pass to Wiethoff  for 41 yards to the Hope 7. Jason Murphy scored on the next play with a 7-yard run that made it 21-0 with 11:26 left in the half.

DePauw made it 28-0 as Wiethoff tossed a 53-yard scoring pass to David Araiza with 4:46 remaining in the half. The play was the second of the drive as Marks rushed for 17 on the first play.

Hope drove to the DePauw 32 late in the half, but Andrew Huff picked off Jow Schwander's fourth down pass at the DePauw 12 and returned it to the Hope 43.  Seven plays later, Wiethoff tossed an 18-yard pass to Jonason to make it 35-0 with three seconds left in the half.

DePauw thoroughly dominated the first half as it outgained Hope 337-129 and held a 14-9 advantage in first downs.

The Flying Dutchmen got on the board in the third as Schwander teamed with Jack Keifer for a 13-yard scoring play immediately after Wiethoff fumbled and Hope's Matt Rugenstein recovered.

Mallory booted a 21-yard field goal as time expired in the third and Hope rounded out the scoring with 5:56 remaining in the game as Schwander completed a 51-yard pass to Scott Greenman.

Wiethoff finished with eight of 11 passing for 231 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed for 41 yards and a score. The Tigers totaled 275 yards through the air in the win. Culp had four catches for 62 yards with Jonason hauling in three for 62 yards. Marks finished with 102 of DePauw’s 254 rushing yards on 18 carries with one touchdown. The performance was Marks' sixth 100-yard performance in his 11 career games.

Schwander completed just nine of 38 passes for 152 yards with three going to Brady Wilson for 55 yards. Greenman had two catches for 55 yards. David Booko carried the ball 17 times for 55 yards as the Flying Dutchmen were held to just 96 rushing yards.

The DePauw defense shut down Hope three times inside the DePauw 15 and blocked three kicks on the day. Rob Farrow led DePauw with eight tackles, while Greg Sylvester added six. Zach Huizing paced Hope with 13 tackles. The Tigers possessed the ball over 15 minutes longer than did the Flying Dutchmen.

DePauw travels to Trinity on Saturday, September 24, for a 7:30 p.m. contest.