Wittenberg Hands DePauw Season's First Loss

Springfield, Ohio - A three-minute stretch late in the first half turned out to be the difference as 16th-ranked Wittenberg topped DePauw, 21-10. The hosts improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while DePauw dropped to 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the conference.

Leading 10-7 with just under four minutes left in the first half, DePauw committed the game's first turnover as quarterback Matt Hunt fumbled a second down run and Wittenberg's Carter Harris recovered at the DePauw 20. 

Wittenberg struck quickly with receiver Luke Bowling taking the handoff and completing a 20-yard scoring strike to Luke Landis on the first play from scrimmage. The point-after gave Wittenberg a 14-10 advantage with 3:29 remaining in the half. 

DePauw failed to convert on its next series and, after a Tigers punt, Wittenberg started on its own 46. Quarterback Jake Kennedy completed a pair to Landis to move the ball to the DePauw 13. Deshawn Sarley picked up two on a first down run and Kennedy teamed with Bowling for an 11-yard score on third down with just 49 seconds left to make it 21-10.

Cody Baker's interception of a Kennedy pass in the fourth gave DePauw the ball at the Wittenberg 41 with 10:53 left in the game. The Tigers drove to the Wittenberg 23, but a pair of incomplete passes on third and fourth downs, respectively, gave the ball back to Wittenberg. 

DePauw's defense again stopped the hosts and, again, drove to the Wittenberg 23 before Marko Adams was wide right on a 41-yard field goal attempt.

DePauw took a 7-0 lead in the first as Ian Good scored on a 1-yard run with 7:00 left in the first before Wittenberg knotted the score on Kennedy's 3-yard pass to Landis.

Wittenberg's Will Gingery missed a 47-yard field goal early in the second, but DePauw responded with Adams' 21-yard field goal with 6:06 left in the half to make it 10-7. That field goal was the 29th of his career and broke the DePauw school record.

DePauw totaled 385 yards to Wittenberg's 402 and DePauw held a 24-19 edge in first downs. Matt Hunt completed 34-of-54 for DePauw for 312 yards with 11 going to Good for 98 yards.

Kennedy completed 21-of-31 for 219 yards with Landis hauling in eight for 111 yards. 

Will Longthorne paced DePauw with 12 tackles, while Rocky Leffler added nine. Terrance Crowe led Wittenberg with 16 tackles and a forced fumble. Corey Dieringer chipped in 14 stops.

DePauw travels to Allegheny on Saturday, October 15, for a 1 p.m. contest.