September 13, 2008

Tigers Start Slow; Roar Back in 52-17 Win

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September 13, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - DePauw fell behind, 10-0, in the first quarter against visiting Anderson, but scored 45 unanswered points on the way to a 52-17 win in the Tigers' 121st season opener on Community Day at Blackstock Stadium.

The Tigers' first two possessions of the season ended in turnovers, but all five in the second quarter resulted in 31 points. Anderson's Jeremy Townsell recovered DePauw quarterback Spud Dick's fumble on the Tigers' second possession and Tristan Cork booted a 34-yard field goal to make it 3-0 with 8:42 remaining.

Later in the first, Anderson's Chase Thurston completed a 24-yard scoring pass to Nolan Bernard to push the Ravens' lead to 10-0 with 2:01 left in the quarter.

Jordan Havercamp's 33-yard field goal with 10:30 left in the half cut the lead to 10-3 before Dick teamed with Alex Koors on the first play of the next drive for a 49-yard score which knotted the score at 10-10 with 8:02 remaining in the half.

The Tigers made it 17-0 just 23 seconds later when Brayden Dahlstrom blocked Cork's punt and Chris Gasbarra scooped it up at the 7-yard line and ran it in. Following another DePauw defensive stand, Dick tossed a 24-yard pass to Bryan Mulligan to make it 24-0 with 3:29 remaining in the half.

DePauw wrapped up the first-half scoring with a 7-play, 70-yard drive in just 49 seconds as Dick completed 6-of-7 passes including the final one covering four yards to Koors with nine seconds left in the half.Dick later teamed with Rocky Buchta on a 7-yard scoring play and Jon Ellis rushed in from two yards out to extend the margin to 45-10 with 1:30 left in the third.

The Ravens scored on Thurston's 21-yard pass to Zach Duke with 13:45 left in the game before Chris Collins scored on a 5-yard run with 4:47 left for the game's final points.DePauw outgained the Ravens 396-227 and held Anderson to just 18 rushing yards on 32 attempts.

Dick completed 20 of 26 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns with five going to Mulligan for 50 yards and four to Koors for 79 yards. Collins paced DePauw with 44 yards in eight tries.

Thurston, one of three Anderson quarterbacks, completed 19 of 42 for 185 yards and a pair of scores. Duke hauled in six for 60 yards and Bernard totaled five for 79 yards. Darryl Stott finished with 36 rushing yards in 11 tries.

DePauw's defense recorded six sacks on the afternoon with Michael McNelis leading with 2.5 for losses totaling 22 yards. In all, the Tigers finished with 12 tackles for losses of 58 yards.

Kyle Sherer led DePauw with eight tackles and Marc Hoeppner added six.Jeremy Townsell paced Anderson with 10 stops, while Cory Perrin and Matt Krause each had seven.

DePauw opens Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play next Saturday when it travels to Centre.