Tiger Offense Explodes; Defense Continues Shutout Streak

Tiger Offense Explodes; Defense Continues Shutout Streak

September 21, 1996


September 21, 1996, Greencastle, Ind. - For the second consecutive week the DePauw football team put 35 points on the board and for the second straight week the defense recorded a shutout as the Tigers defeated visiting Hope College 35-0. After building a 35-0 lead into the third quarter, the Tigers were scored upon by a Hope interception return for a touchdown.

DePauw junior quarterback Bernie Haskins (Elkhart/Central) tossed four touchdown passes to four different receivers and completed 21 of 28 passes for 303 yards. The Tigers scored on their first possession of the game and just their second play as Haskins completed a 65-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Jamie Cunha (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) with 12:50 left in the first.

On their next series, the Tigers drove four plays and 46 yards with sophomore running back Johnathon Stigall (Oxford, Ohio/Talawanda) running in from one yard out to make it 14-0 with 10:05 left in the first. Senior tight end and all-America candidate Jay Pettigrew (Indianapolis/Northwest) caught a six-yard pass from Haskins with 5:58 left in the first half to make it 21-0.

Cunha opened the second half by returning the Hope kickoff 47 yards to the Hope 42-yard line. From there, the Old Gold marched to the Hope 20 before Haskins found Jon Holloway (Sr., Fishers/Cathedral) for a 20-yard scoring pass. The touchdown was the first of the season for Holloway who is the Tigers' starting cornerback.

The Tigers then capitalized on their third of six interceptions as senior cornerback Cassel Truscott (Houston, Texas/Madison Academy) picked off the first of his two interceptions which gave the Tigers the ball at their own 15. Seven plays later, Haskins and Stigall teamed for a 56-yard scoring pass to make the score 35-0. Hope's lone score came with 2:33 left in the third when Randy Ames intercepted Jon Clippinger's (Jr., Indianapolis/North Central) pass and returned it 65 yards for the touchdown.

Senior safety Scott Farnham (Omaha, Neb./Westside) paced the DePauw defense with 12 tackles and three interceptions. Senior tackle Tim Capper (Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) was in on 11 stops and recorded six tackles for loss and one pass breakup. The Tigers limited Hope's ground game to just 99 yards and held tailback Brandon Graham to just 85 yards on 22 carries. Graham entered play with four consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Adam Osmun led the Hope defense with nine tackles.

Stigall paced the Tiger ground attack with 60 yards on 17 carries. Pettigrew caught seven passes for 79 yards and extended his streak of games with at least one reception to 31 straight. Stigall also had four receptions for 86 yards and Cunha had three for 86. Cunha's streak has now reached 23 games.

DePauw outgained Hope 376-238 in total offense, but the telling statistic of the game was turnovers. Hope lost the ball seven times, while DePauw committed just one.

DePauw travels to Albion next Saturday. The Britons, 2-0 after beating Wabash 26-0 today, have not lost since DePauw defeated them 14-3 in Greencastle last year.