Tigers Rip Rhodes, 42-18; Best Football Start Since 1980

Tigers Rip Rhodes, 42-18; Best Football Start Since 1980

October 9, 2010

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86260October 9, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — DePauw University's football team gave a homecoming crowd reason to cheer, as the Tigers topped Rhodes, 42-18 in the 104th Old Gold Day game. The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference contest was played under perfect conditions -- skies were blue and cloudless and the temperature was 82 degrees.

DePauw is now 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the SCAC, the only unbeaten squad in the conference. Rhodes falls to 2-3 and 1-1. It's the Tigers first 5-0 start since the 1980 season.

Senior quarterback Michael Engle connected on five touchdown passes to four different receivers.

The Tigers struck first with 3:27 remaining in the first quarter when senior quarterback Michael Engle hit Colin Doran on a 17 yard touchdown pass.

86258DePauw made it 14-0 with 12:34 left in the second quarter when Derrick Karazsia plowed in from one yard out.

The black and gold upped their lead to 21-0 when Engle connected with Nathan Evans on a 12 yard TD pass with 5:12 left in the second quarter.

A hurry-up offense made it 28-0 with just 27.8 seconds left before halftime when Engle found Brayden Dahlstrom on an 18 yard scoring strike. DePauw amassed 301 yards of offense in the first half, compared to 96 for Rhodes.

The break seemed to energize the Lynx, who drove for a touchdown to start the third quarter.  86232The extra point was no good, and the score became 28-6.

A successful onside kick followed, and with 8:05 left in the third Rhodes punched it in again, but this time the two point conversion was no good.  It was 28-12 DePauw.

The scoreboard showed 6:14 remaining in the third when Engle found Alex Koors on a two yard pass for a score.  The QB's fourth TD pass of the afternoon and successful extra point made it 35-12.

Rhodes came back aggressively and responded with a 34 yard touchdown pass from Tyler Perkins to Jake Jackson.  Another failed 86267two pointer made it 35-18 with 5:07 to go in the third.

Engle and Dahlstrom put the icing on the homecoming cake when the receiver made an acrobatic catch of pass in the end zone with 5:41 remaining in the game.  It was the second time the pair had combined on a TD and Engle's fifth scoring strike of the day.

Engle was 29-of-38 for 339 yards and had one interception to go along with the 5 touchdowns. 

All-American Koors was on the receiving end of 8 passes for 79 yards.  Dahlstrom grabbed 7 receptions. Karazsia led the rushing attack with 61 yards on 14 carries, including a touchdown.

The first Old Gold Day was celebrated on November 16, 1907. DePauw is now 66-35-3 in Old Gold Day contests and has won5099 seven straight and 27 of the last 31.

Next Saturday, the Tigers play host to non-conference opponent Adrian at Blackstock Stadium.

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