Tigers Take Win with Last-Minute Drive

Tigers Take Win with Last-Minute Drive

October 6, 2007


October 6, 2007, Hoover, Ala. - DePauw quarterback Spud Dick drove the Tigers 66 yards in six plays and tossed a 21-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Mulligan with 44 seconds left giving the Tigers a 28-24 win over Birmingham-Southern at Regions Park.

DePauw improved to 4-1 with the win, while the Panthers dropped to 0-3 in their first season of football since 1939.

Dick completed 5 of 6 passes on the drive including a key 26-yarder to Chris Gasbarra on third down.

The Tigers held a four-point lead and the ball before a fumble at their own 41 gave Birmingham-Southern the ball with just under three minutes remaining. Three plays later quarterback Joe Thigpen scampered 30 yards for the Panthers' first lead of the game, 24-21, with 2:05 left.

DePauw's Curtis Moore scored two first-quarter rushing touchdowns of 2 and 9 yards to give the Tigers a 14-0 lead before Birmingham-Southern closed the halftime margin to 14-10 on Alex Streetman's 31-yard pass from Joe Thigpen and Jonah Fryfogle's 34-yard field goal.

The Tigers extended their lead to 21-10 on their first series of the second half as Dick tossed a 39-yard scoring pass to Jeff Bonner. The Panthers answered with a 13-play, 81-yard drive which culminated in Thigpen's 1-yard run.

Moore finished with a career-high 182 rushing yards in his first collegiate start, while Dick completed 25 of 38 passes for 254 yards. He connected on 9 of 11 in the second half. Mulligan hauled in nine for 91 yards, while Bonner caught six for 73 yards. Thigpen rushed for 33 yards and threw for 230 to lead the Panthers.

DePauw totaled 478 yards of offense including 224 on the ground, while Birmingham-Southern finished with 353 yards.

Ryan McElwain led the DePauw defense with nine tackles, while Tarren Collins, Tyler Doane and Jevon Pruitt each had eight. The Tigers sack Thigpen seven times with Doane totaling a team-high 3.5. Brad Stockdale, Trae Strain and Justin Dunn each had nine stops for the Panthers.

DePauw hosts Trinity at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 13.