Turnovers, special teams mistakes costly in SCAC loss

Turnovers, special teams mistakes costly in SCAC loss

September 24, 2006


September 24, 2006, San Antonio, Texas - DePauw failed to convert on four of its six red zone opportunities and Trinity scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 4:46 on the way to a 26-15 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win over visiting DePauw.

The game took nearly 19 hours to complete after the two teams played 9:20 of the first quarter on Saturday night before a lightning delay of over three hours forced the postponement of the game until Sunday.

The Tigers came into the game without a turnover, but left with five after three fumbles and two interceptions. They also entered the contest without a missed field goal or extra point, but had two extra points and two field goals blocked.

“This was an unbelievably hard fought game with tremendous effort from both team,” DePauw head coach Matt Walker said.

"We were mentally ready to go," Walker said of the circumstances regarding the weather delay.

"That's not why we lost. We turned it over five times and were 2 of 6 in the red zone. They (Trinity) did a great job of responding."

Early in the fourth, the Tigers trailed 13-9 and started on the Trinity 37. Five plays later DePauw's Jeremiah Marks tied the DePauw career rushing touchdown record when he scored from the Trinity 2. The point-after was blocked and DePauw held a 15-13 edge with 13:21 left in the game. Marks’ rushing score was the 30th of his career which equaled the record held by Rich Bonaccorsi (1981-84).

The teams then exchanged punts before Trinity took over on its 37 with 8:41 left. Trinity quarterback Blake Barmore drove his team down the field and converted a third-and-two from the 20 before Greg Bielski rushed from four yards. The try for two failed, but Trinity regained the lead at 19-15 with 4:46 left.

As he had done all day, Trinity kicker Peter Licalzi lifted the kickoff high against the wind, but this time the Tigers couldn't field it cleanly and Trinity recovered at the DePauw 28. Trinity then used seven plays with Barmore scoring on a 1-yard keeper with 1:38 left. Licalzi's extra point made it 26-15.

DePauw started its final drive on the Trinity 45 after a Trinity unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but Dick's pass was picked off on the first play of the series and Trinity ran out the clock from there.

DePauw's first series of the game, on Saturday night, ended when Dustin Allen forced Marks to fumble at the Trinity 9. On the next series Bryan Mulligan's punt return to the Trinity 13 set up a Tyler Mallory 25-yard field goal attempt but the lightning delay moved the attempt to Sunday. When play resumed, Mallory's kick was blocked.

DePauw's Eric Lewis picked off Barmore on the second play of Trinity's next drive and set up Brendan Smith's 41-yard field goal that gave DePauw a 3-0 lead with 2:36 left in the first.

Trinity started its next drive on its own 12 and drove to the DePauw 4 before Dustin Hertel recovered Bielski's fumble at the 5 on the final play of the first quarter.

DePauw took a 9-0 lead when, on the second play after a DePauw punt, Barmore was intercepted by Hertel who returned it 15 yards for a score.

The hosts closed to 9-7 when Barmore tossed a 9-yard pass to Jonathan Plotnick with 7:46 left capping an 11-play, 80-yard drive. After DePauw drove to the Trinity 6, Mallory's 23-yard field goal attempt was blocked by Lee Patterson. Trinity needed just eight plays to take a 13-9 lead on Barmore's 14-yard run with 56 seconds left in the half.

DePauw totaled just nine first downs to Trinity's 24 and Trinity held a 360-287 edge in total offense yards.

Marks led the DePauw rushing attack with 132 yards on 20 carries, while Bielski finished with 67 yards for Trinity and Barmore added 53. Marks led DePauw with three receptions for 77 yards as DePauw's quarterbacks completed 8 of 16 passes. Barmore finished with 23-of-32 passing for 235 yards. Matthew Weldon hauled in five catches for 60 yards.

Defensively, Hertel led the Tigers with 11 tackles including three for losses of 18 yards and one sack. He also recovered a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown. Greg Sylvester added nine tackles. Dylan Nealous paced Trinity with 11 tackles with Tyler Flynn adding eight.

DePauw travels to the University of Chicago for a noon game on Saturday.