DePauw Drops Gridiron Opener
September 7, 2013
Sewanee, Tenn. - DePauw nearly rallied from a 10-point deficit in the fourth at Sewanee, but the host Tigers picked off a pass at their own five with 2:01 remaining and ran out the clock for a 10-7 win.
DePauw appeared to be headed to an early lead as Michael Mitsch recovered a Sewanee fumble and DePauw drove to the Sewanee 14 but quarterback Justin Murray was picked off by De'Nard Ford at the goal line.
Sewanee's Curtis Johnson rushed for 53 yards on the next play to move the ball to the DePauw 32. After picking up a first down, Sewanee was faced with a third-and-12, but a DePauw personal foul penalty kept the drive alive and two plays later Johnson scored from the 1 with 6:48 left.
DePauw fumbled late in the second quarter and Sewanee converted as Callum Wishat booted a 25-yard field goal with just six seconds left in the half.
The visiting Tigers took the second half kickoff and drove to the Sewanee 21, but Eric Malm's 35-yard field goal attempt was wide left.
Later in the quarter Malm pinned Sewanee at its own 1 after a 70-yard punt and the Tigers' defense held. DePauw started its next possession at the Sewanee 45 and Armani Cato put them on the board with a 3-yard run. Malm's PAT made it 10-7 with 14:26 remaining in the fourth.
DePauw's defense again stopped Sewanee with a three-and-out and the Tigers drove to the Sewanee 29 before Murray was stopped short of a first down on fourth-and-five.
The hosts picked up a couple of first downs on their next possession, but Cody Daniel fumbled and DePauw's Lan Sansone recovered at the Sewanee 49 with 5:13 left.
Murray converted a pair of third-down situations, the first with a pass and the second on a run and the Tigers eventually drove to the Sewanee 28. Following a timeout, Murray's second-down pass was intercepted by Jones at the Sewanee 5 and the hosts picked up a first down and were able to run out the clock.
DePauw totaled 254 yards of offense to Sewanee's 275 with Murray rushing for 35 yards and throwing for 166 on 20-of-33 passing. Barry Flynn hauled down eight receptions for 90 yards in his first DePauw football contest after a stellar basketball career.
Sewanee totaled 181 yards on the ground with seven different runners picking up at least 10 yards in the triple-option attack.
Adam Folta led DePauw with eight tackles followed by Patrick Keller with seven. Dave McKeithen led Sewanee with eight stops.
DePauw hosts Wittenberg in a North Coast Athletic Conference game on Saturday, September 21.