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Strong Second Half Lifts DePauw to First NCAC Win

Strong Second Half Lifts DePauw to First NCAC Win

October 27, 2012


Wooster, Ohio - DePauw scored 21 straight points over a 10:20 span of the third and fourth quarters to erase a four-point deficit and take a 27-16 North Coast Athletic Conference victory at Wooster.

The Tigers improved to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the NCAC, while the Fighting Scots dropped to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in the league. The win was DePauw's first in NCAC competition.

Armani Cato (pictured) gave DePauw a 6-0 lead on a 7-yard run with 11:45 left in the first, capping a quick 9-play, 60-yard drive in 1:56.

Wooster knotted the score midway through the first as Chase Ullman scored on a 5-yard run with 7:33 remaining in the quarter.

The only other score of the opening half came on Tyler Gerwig's 33-yard field goal with 9:28 left which gave the hosts a 9-6 advantage. DePauw tried to tie the game with less than two minutes remaining in the half, but Eric Malm's 36-yard field goal was blocked.

DePauw took the second-half kickoff and drove to the Wooster 22 before Justin Murray's fourth-down pass was picked off by Mitchell Czerniak.

The Scots, with the help of Brett Frongillo's 59-yard run, drove to the DePauw 8, but Frongillo's third-down pass was picked off at the goal line by Myron Burr. Burr returned it all the way, but a DePauw penalty on the return brought the ball back to the Tigers' 30.

DePauw advanced into the red zone, but was forced to punt and Paul Simon pinned the hosts back to their own six with a perfectly placed 21-yard punt. Wooster picked up a first down, but fumbled on the next play and recovered on its own 9. After Wooster punted, the Tigers took over on the Fighting Scots' 37.

Armani Cato carried twice to the 28 before being on the receiving end of a 25-yard pass play from Murray to the 3. After picking up one yard on first down, Cato rushed in for the 2-yard score to give DePauw a 13-9 lead with six seconds left in the third.

Wooster's first possession of the fourth ended when DePauw tackle Patrick Keller sacked Frongillo for an 8-yard loss to the DePauw 43. The Tigers started on their own 20 after Wooster's punt sailed into the end zone.

Drew Seaman converted a third-down play with a 20-yard completion to Kevin Ude before Cato carried three straight times to the Wooster 34. Seaman teamed with Jackson Kirtley for a 34-yard scoring pass which pushed DePauw's lead to 20-9 with 8:57 left in the fourth.

The Fighting Scots were on the march on their next series as they advanced to the DePauw 18. Frongillo picked up a 5-yard run on fourth-and-three to keep the drive alive, but two plays later DePauw free safety Robby Schuler picked off Frongillo's pass at the five and returned it all the way for a touchdown.

The pick-six was the second of Schuler's career and the Tigers' first this season and gave the Old Gold a 27-9 lead with just 5:46 remaining. Schuler's 95-yard return also broke the previous school record of 94 yards by Colin Higgins against Franklin in 1940.

Frongillo's 28-yard touchdown pass to Ullman with 3:45 left closed the gap to 27-16, but the Tigers recovered the ensuing on-side kick and were able to run out the clock.

Cato rushed for a career-high 111 yards on 21 carries for DePauw's first 100-yard performance in nearly two seasons. Amen Galley chipped in 67 yards as the Tigers totaled 187 ground yards.

Seaman completed 8 of 17 for 96 yards, while Murray was 7 of 16 for 70 yards. Nikko Sansone led the Tigers' receivers with four catches, while Connor Jeffers and Bobby Coburn each had three.

Frongllo rushed for 115 yards on 23 carries and threw for 226 yards on 21-of-38 passing after starter Richard Barnes left the game with an injury early in the first quarter. Jordan McIntyre and Zack Weidrick each caught six passes in the loss.

Mitch Dwenger paced DePauw with 17 tackles including a team-high 1.5 tackles for loss. Burr added seven stops, while Keller and Jake Konovsky had one sack apiece.

Quinn Hood led Wooster with 12 tackles, while Brandon James added 11.

DePauw returns home to Blackstock Stadium next Saturday for the final home game of the 2012 season as it hosts Denison at 1 p.m. Wooster hosts Kenyon next Saturday.

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