DePauw Rallies and Holds on for NCAC Win at Oberlin

Oberlin, Ohio - DePauw overcame a third-quarter deficit and held on in the closing minute for a 28-26 North Coast Athletic Conference win at Oberlin. The Tigers improved to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the NCAC, while Oberlin dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

The Yeomen scored on the game's first series as Ryan Gleeson caught a 16-yard pass from Zach Taylor to cap an 8-play, 75-yard drive. 

DePauw turned the ball over on the second play of its opening drive, but Oberlin couldn't convert. The teams exchanged punts and the Yeomen fumbled a punt return on their own 7. Three plays later, Blake Podschlne scored on a 2-yard run. 

Oberlin then put together another drive covering 75 yards in 10 plays as Taylor connected with Jabari Clemons for a 23-yard score to make it 14-7 with 4:30 left in the first. 

The Tigers answered on their next possession as quarterback Cam Haynes teamed with Tanner Cleveland for an 11-yard score with six seconds remaining in the opening stanza.

The score remained tied until DePauw's Jake Tanner booted a 20-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

Lighting delayed the start of the second half by 90 minutes and DePauw opened the half by driving to the Oberlin 39 before being forced to punt. The hosts then started on their own 7 and, after collecting one first down, Taylor and Gleeson again joined forces for a 78-yard score. In what would become a big play in the contest, the Tigers blocked the point-after and Matt Crupi returned it all the way for two points, cutting the Oberlin lead to 20-19 with 10:37 left in the third.

Later in the third Haynes completed a 41-yard scoring pass to Andy Hunt which gave the Tigers a 26-20 advantage with 5:06 left in the quarter.

The Tigers seemed poised to extend the lead as Oberlin fumbled after Josh Pottebaum forced the turnover and Crupi recovered at the Oberlin 40. DePauw drove to the Oberlin 4, but a fumble gave the ball back to the Yeomen at their own 1.

Oberlin picked up a first down, but was forced to punt and Will Harris blocked it through the end zone for a safety which pushed the DePauw lead to 28-20.

DePauw drove to the Oberlin 17 on its next possession, but again fumbled at the Oberlin 14. The Yeomen weren't able to collect a first down and punted back to the Tigers. DePauw advanced inside the Oberlin 10, but Tanner missed a 30-yard field goal try with 3:00 left.

The Yeomen drove 80 yards in just seven plays with Taylor throwing a 10-yard scoring pass to Gleeson. The two-point conversion pass was incomplete and DePauw recovered the ensuing on-side kick before running out the clock.

Oberlin outgained DePauw 405-324 including 334-225 in the air.

Demarco Henry rushed for 49 yards to lead the Tigers, while Melvin Briggs paced Oberlin with 46.

Haynes completed 23 of 38 passes for 225 yards with two touchdowns. His top receiver was Hunt who hauled in a career-high 14 for 127 yards. 

Taylor completed 18 of 28 for 334 yards with four touchdowns including three to Gleeson. Gleeson caught eight for 168 yards and Clemons had eight for 157 yards.

Crupi and Nate Orrison each had six tackles with Orrison totaling two sacks and Zach Williams one. Malachi Clemons paced Oberlin with 11 stops and Kenny Williams added 10. Justin Godfrey had two sacks for Oberlin.

DePauw returns to action on Saturday, October 13, when it hosts Denison at 1 p.m.