Tigers' Rally Falls Short in Two-Point Loss at Kenyon

Gambier, Ohio - Freshman quarterback Matt Hunt tossed a 2-yard scoring pass to Barry Flynn with 3:59 left in the game, but the Tigers' two-point conversion pass failed and host Kenyon held on for a 28-26 North Coast Athletic Conference victory.

DePauw dropped  to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the NCAC, while the Lords improved to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference.

The Tigers did have one last chance, but Kenyon recovered a DePauw fumble near midfield with 1:39 left and was able to run out the clock and preserve the victory.

Kenyon never trailed in the contest, but the teams exchanged scores the entire game. The Lords struck first as Blake Calcei scored on a 9-yard pass from Jake Bates with 14:27 left in the second that capped a 14-play, 82-yard drive.

DePauw came right back as Nikko Sansone scored on a 53-yard pass play from Hunt on the third play of the next series.

Jibri McLean's 17-yard pass from Bates on the second play of the drive put the Lords back in front, but the Tigers again responded as Sansone scored on a 5-yard run with 1:30 left in the half to knot the score at 14-14.

Calcei's 1-yard run capped off the Lords' first drive of the second half and gave the hosts a 21-14 advantage. Sansone's 56-yard run on DePauw's second play of the next drive trimmed the lead to 21-20, but the point-after was off the mark.

Kenyon's Jack Hanratty added an 8-yard run later in the third to make it 28-20 and the Tigers' Eric Malm missed his second field goal of the day this one a 33-yarder early in the fourth.

Hunt completed a 74-yard pass to D.J. Steward on the first play of a drive that started with 7:13 remaining and the Tigers were later faced with fourth-and-goal at the Kenyon 22. Hunt rushed for 14 yards, but the Lords were called for a personal foul keeping the drive alive. Three plays later Hunt teamed with Flynn for the 2-yard score.

DePauw's defense forced Kenyon into a three-and-out series and the Tigers took over on their own 31 with 2:04 left. Hunt rushed for eight yards on first down and completed a 12-yard pass to Sansone on the next play to move the ball to the Kenyon 49. However, Hunt fumbled on the next play with Kenyon's Cam Ventling recovering at the DePauw 49. The Lords were able to run out the clock from there.

Hunt came off the bench to complete 13 of 22 passes for 223 yards and two scores, while senior Nikko Sansone rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries including a 56-yard scoring run. Flynn led with six catches for 46 yards, while Sansone hauled in a pair for 65 yards including a 53-yard TD strike from Hunt. Sansone's three touchdowns were the first of the senior's collegiate career.

Bates was 17 of 25 for 187 yards and a pair of scores with Casey Beaudouin totaling 90 rushing yards on 14 attempts.

Adam Folta led DePauw's defense with 14 tackles including a forced and recovered fumble. Cody Baker chipped in 11 tackles. Zach Morrow led Kenyon with 11 stops and Reed Franklin added 10. Kollin Sullivan led the way with 4.0 tackles for loss and one sack.

DePauw travels to Denison next Saturday for a 2 p.m. NCAC contest.