Tigers Drop First Contest of Year to Mighty Britons

Tigers Drop First Contest of Year to Mighty Britons

September 28, 1996


September 28, 1996, Albion, Mich. - Despite the fact that the Tigers lost at Albion by a 51-9 count, the game was tight through the first quarter. The teams exchanged field goals on their first possession with Jason Gardner booting a 37-yarder for the Tigers.

Early in the second the Britons scored to take a 10-3 lead. Twice on their next series, the Tigers were forced to punt but an Albion penalty and then a fumble on a punt return gave the Tigers the ball on the Albion 33. The Old Gold failed to pick up a first down, but punted to the Albion seven yard line. The Britons wasted no time in responding as quarterback Kyle Klein connected with Chris Barnett for a 93-yard score.

The Tigers then drove into Albion territory on their next series, but Bernie Haskins' (Jr., Elkhart/Central) second down pass was picked off and returned for a touchdown. In a six-minute span, Albion scored 21 points to take a 24-3 lead. DePauw then scored with 3:12 left as David Schubert (So., Coatesville/North Putnam) ran in from two yards out. Albion, however, scored twice in the final 2:23 to take a 37-9 halftime lead.

Haskins completed 20 of 43 passes for 213 yards with two interceptions. His top targets were Brian Jennings (So., Tell City/Tell City) with five catches for 74 yards and Joe Cheshire (So., Indianapolis/North Central). The Tigers totaled 342 yards of offense including 308 through the air. Klein completed 20 of 32 passes for Albion for 370 yards and three touchdowns. Barnett, an all-American receiver caught 11 passes for 282 yards. Tackle Tim Capper (Sr., Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) led the Tiger defense with nine tackles including one for loss.