DePauw Opens Season with 47-7 Win over Anderson
September 8, 2007, Anderson, Ind. - DePauw kicked off the 2007 season with the most points in a season opener in 101 years as it defeated Anderson by a 47-7 count at Anderson Highland High School.
DePauw moved to 1-0 on the season, while the Ravens dropped to 1-1. The 47 points were the most by the Tigers in an opening game since they totaled 81 against Franklin in 1906.
DePauw intercepted five Anderson passes and recovered two fumbles as the defense limited the Ravens to just 211 yards. Meanwhile, the offense totaled 521 yards with 260 on the ground in what was a record-breaking night for senior running back Jeremiah Marks.
Marks totaled 133 rushing yards along with three touchdowns and, with a 6-yard run early in the second, broke the 33-year-old DePauw career rushing yardage mark of 2,941 set by Bart Simpson (1971-74). He also set DePauw career records for touchdowns and points and tied the DePauw record with his 15th career 100-yard game.
The Tigers wasted little time in getting on the board as Ryan McElwain picked off Anderson quarterback Shane Nevers on the third play of the game and returned it to the Anderson 6. Marks then put the Tigers ahead for good with a 6-yard run just 1:04 into the contest and on DePauw's first offensive play of the season.
Late in the first the Tigers' Ryan Huffman recovered a fumble on Ryan Woodard's sack of Anderson quarterback Chase Thurston. On the next play, Tiger quarterback Spud Dick connected with Chris Gasbarra for a 47-yard score to make it 13-0 with 59 seconds remaining.
Following another defensive stand, DePauw made it 20-0 on Dick's 45-yard strike to Bryan Mulligan. Drew DeVilbiss recovered a fumble on Anderson's second play of the next series and returned it 25 yards to the Anderson 3. Marks then made it 27-0 on a 2-yard run with 11:52 left in the half.
Brendan Smith's 28-yard field goal made it 30-0 before Marks scored on an 8-yard run with 1:46 remaining to push the margin to 37-0.
"I really wanted to get off to a fast start and we definitely did," DePauw head coach Matt Walker said.
Anderson's lone score came on its first series of the second half as Shane Nevers connected with Matthew Thompson for a two-yard scoring pass which capped a 10-play drive.
Smith booted a 29-yard field goal later in the third and Elijah Campbell rounded out the scoring with a 90-yard scamper late in the fourth.
In addition to Marks' 133 rushing yards Campbell added 124. Dick completed 14 of 28 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Gasbarra and Mulligan each caught five passes for 89 yards. Alex Koors hauled in four for 55 yards.
Denny Kimmel paced Anderson with 62 rushing yards and six receptions for 17 yards. Nevers completed 11 of 24 passes for 92 yards, while Thurston hit seven of 16 for 62 yards.
Mike Sprengnether paced the Tigers with nine tackles, while J.J. Costello and Marc Hoeppner each added seven. Costello led with four tackles totaling 13 yards, while Michael McNelis paced the team with 1.5 of the Tigers' 4.5 total. Jevon Pruitt paced the Tigers with two interceptions with Hoeppner, McElwain and Tarren Collins each adding one. Jeremy Townsell led Anderson with 11 tackles while Matt Plessenger added 10.
"The defense was very prepared and executed the game plan well," Walker said.
"Having the balance we did on offense made it tough to defend and the plus six turnover ratio put us in good position all night."
DePauw opens Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play next week in the home opener against Centre.