Tigers top Millsaps 51-14; record program's 500th win

Tigers top Millsaps 51-14; record program's 500th win

October 22, 2005


October 22, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw quarterback Ross Wiethoff rushed for 103 yards and threw for 205 to lead the host Tigers to a 51-14 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over Millsaps.

The victory was DePauw's fifth straight as it improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in the SCAC. Millsaps dropped to 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

DePauw also became just the 19th NCAA Division III school to record 500 victories as it improved its all-time record to 500-450-40 in 118 seasons of competition.

The Tigers set the tone on the game's first play when Wiethoff teamed with tight end Chase Jonason for a 50-yard gain. Jason Murphy then carried the ball five straight times and scored from three yards out with 11:58 left in the first. Tyler Mallory's first of six successful extra-point attempts made it 7-0.

Mallory booted a 28-yard field goal with 43 seconds remaining in the first to make it 10-0 before Murphy scored on a 1-yard run with 9:33 left in the half to push the lead to 17-0.

The Majors reached the board on Tyson Roy's 4-yard run with 5:55 left in the half, capping off a an eight-play, 83-yard drive. DePauw struck back with a seven-play, 60-yard drive with Jeremiah Marks scoring on a 3-yard run with 3:22 remaining in the half to extend the lead to 24-7.

The DePauw defense forced the Majors to punt on its next series, but the center snap was high and the Tigers took over on the Millsaps 10. Mallory kicked a 27-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 27-7 advantage at halftime. DePauw finished the half with 300 total yards and held Millsaps to just 107.

Wiethoff tossed a 32-yard scoring pass to Marks on DePauw's first drive of the second half to make it 34-7 with 11:26 left in the third. Marks made it 41-7 when he scored on a 2-yard run with 13:43 left in the contest. The score was Marks' 12th rushing touchdown of the season, tying the school record set by Bart Simpson in 1973.

Mallory booted his third field goal of the game when he connected on a 21-yarder with 4:23 left to push the margin to 44-7 and Daniel Stauffer rounded out the DePauw scoring with a 37-yard run with just 2:17 left.

The Majors scored with one second left as Juan Joseph teamed with Matt Foisy on a 49-yard pass play.

DePauw totaled 522 yards of offense including 257 on the ground and 265 through the air. In addition to Wiethoff's 103 rushing yards, Stauffer totaled 60 on just nine carries, while Murphy finished with 41 on 11 tries. Millsaps finished with 282 total yards and only 56 on the ground. Roy paced the Majors with 31 yards in 10 attempts and one touchdown.

Wiethoff completed 12 of 16 passes for 205 yards and one score with Brian Culp hauling in a career-best eight catches for 99 yards. Billy Bob Orsagh completed 11 of 24 for Millsaps for 162 yards with Joseph completing 3 of 6 for 64 yards and a score. Matt Foisy caught five passes for 133 yards and a score.

DePauw's defense, ranked seventh in Division III scoring defense and eighth in pass efficiency defense, recorded four sacks with Dustin Hertel totaling two and J.J. Costello and Eric Lewis each finishing with one. Hertel finished with eight tackles, while Greg Sylvester had seven and the game's only interception.

Ross Rutledge led Millsaps with nine tackles including 2.5 for loss. while Casey Younger finished with eight.

The Tigers host Centre on Saturday, October 29, while Millsasps hosts Sewanee next Saturday.