Trinity builds large first-half lead on way to SCAC win over DePauw

Trinity builds large first-half lead on way to SCAC win over DePauw

September 22, 2001


September 22, 2001, San Antonio, Texas - Host Trinity University scored touchdowns on six of its seven first-half possessions in building a 42-12 halftime lead en route to a 52-18 Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference win.

DePauw fell to 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in the SCAC with their third straight loss, while Trinity improved to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the SCAC.

Trinity built a 28-0 advantage before DePauw picked up its initial first down. In its first four series, DePauw netted just 18 yards.

After driving 62 yards in 10 plays on its first series, the nation's top passing team in Division III kept it on the ground for the first six plays of its second drive and covered 43 yards to the DePauw 17. Quarterback Roy Hampton then tossed a 17-yard strike to Jeremy Boyce to make it 14-0 with 2:40 left in the first quarter.

Trinity forced DePauw to a third straight three-and-out possession before David Ross blocked Matt Stahley's punt and Trinity recovered at the DePauw 24. They then needed just four plays to make it 21-0 with Matt Federle rushing in from two yards with 14:10 left in the first half.

Following a short DePauw punt, Trinity ran six plays to cover 37 yards with Hampton teaming with Jerheme Urban for a nine-yard score with 10:40 left in the half.

The Tigers reached paydirt on Jason Lee's 2-yard pass to Mark Rinehart with 3:38 left in the first half, but a missed extra point and Urban's 90-yard return of the ensuing kickoff made it 35-6.

DePauw cut the deficit to 35-12 on Lee's 4-yard strike to Dan Ryan with 1:51 left in the half, but the highly-efficient Trinity offense used just four plays to cover 65 yards with Urban wrapping up the first-half scoring on a 13-yard pass from Hampton.

The hosts then scored on each of their first two second-half drives to take their biggest lead at 52-12 with 3:40 left in the third. Lee's 49-yard pass play to John Stephens with 1:28 remaining in the third made it 52-18.

"I thought their (Trinity) team two years ago was the best we've played, but I think this team may be better," DePauw head coach Nick Mourouzis said.

"They have it all on offense," he added. "We also helped by making it a short field for them."

The short field Mourouzis referred to was Trinity's average starting field position of the DePauw 49 and 47 yard lines in the first and second quarters, respectively.

Hampton completed 17 of 19 passes for 209 yards and four touchdowns and hit 14 of 16 in the first half. Urban led Trinity with seven catches for 110 yards and three touchdowns, while Jason Hunt hauled in four for 27 yards and Jacob Repsondek caught three for 53. In all, nine different Trinity players caught passes.

Federle led the Trinity ground game with 59 yards on 13 carries. Trinity rushed for 164 yards and finished with 370 total yards of offense.

Lee completed 13 of 30 passes for DePauw for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Ryan caught four for 53 yards, while Stephens added three for 76. DePauw totaled just 240 yards of offense against the Trinity defense and ran just 52 plays. 

Mike Laszynski led the DePauw defense with 12 tackles. David Rose, Casey Doran and Jason Leshikar each had five stops for Trinity. The hosts sacked Lee three times on the evening.

DePauw takes this week off and returns to action on Saturday, October 6, at Sewanee.