Tailgate Talk: Week 4

By John

DePauw University (1-1, 0-1 NCAC) vs. Kenyon College (0-3, 0-2 NCAC).

Nick Mourouzis Field at Blackstock Stadium, Greencastle, Indiana.

1 p.m.

Know the Enemy

Nickname: Tigers.

All-Time Record vs. Kenyon: 4-3-0.

Current Streak: 2-Kenyon.

Location: Greencastle, Indiana.

Enrollment: 2,310.

School/Nickname Anagram: Taped Ruse Wig.

Most Popular Majors: biology, biochemistry and communication and theatre.

Football Team Slogan: “DePauw Never Quits” (check out D3football.com’s article on DePauw’s team philosophy here).

Notable Alumni: Bill and Scott Rasmussen. The father-son duo launched the world’s first 24-hour cable sports television network, ESPN. Dubbed “The Father of Cable Sports”, Bill Rasmussen pioneered the one television program that sports-junkies have most likely watched five times a row already today (even though each hour was the same act), SportsCenter.

Notable Alumni (cont.): Kenyon Assistant Coach Kevin Sullivan.

 

When Last They Met

Depauw threatened late, but the Kenyon defense made plays when it mattered most and the Lords escaped with a 28-26 victory.   Trailing by two and driving into Lords territory, DePauw turned over the football via a Cam Ventling ’14 fumble recovery with just over 90 seconds remaining in the game. From there, the Lords were able to retain possession and run out the clock. Junior Co-Captain QB #13 Jake Bates had a great game both through the air and on the ground, throwing for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 48 yards.

 

Going Into This Week

Big plays hurt the much-improved Lords offense against conference foe Ohio Wesleyan and Kenyon fell 35-25 under the lights of Selby Field in Delaware, OH. The Lords outgained the Bishops and controlled the time of possession, but OWU’s big play capabilities were too much for Kenyon’s defense to handle. Turnovers were costly for the DePauw Tigers last week in their 34-17 loss to nationally ranked #18 Wittenberg University.

 

By the Numbers

197.00 – Total Passing Yards per game allowed by the DePauw defense. (Bates averages 196.00, but has been over the 200-yard mark in the past two games).

6.2 – Rushing Yards per Attempt for Tigers QB Matt Hunt. The Lords have struggled at times with big-play and dual-threat QB’s and Hunt has the potential to break a few tackles.

0 – interceptions Kenyon’s defense has recorded on the season, although they have recovered four fumbles. Kenyon must force turnovers against the turnover prone Tigers who have thrown two INTS and lost five fumbles through two games.

Players to Watch

Kenyon Junior Co-Captain QB #13 Jake Bates

Bates had been fantastic in the last two games, throwing for 498 yards with four touchdowns. One has to believe that he will he will be the key for the Lords offense. If Bates gets going then Kenyon will be able to put up points, without his passing threat, Depauw can load the box, making it tough for the Lords to run.

DePauw Sophomore QB #10 Matt Hunt

A true dual –threat QB, Hunt averages 212.0 passing yards and 56.0 rushing yards a game. Hunt was excellent in DePauw’s win over Sewanee,, taking care of the football and running all over the field. Though the Wittenberg game was a different story, the Lords will have to force Hunt out of his comfort zone if they want to come away with their first win of the season.

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By Noah

Gambier Gameday hits the Olin Library archives for a 1970s edition of Throwback Thursday (click on images to enlarge).

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A Kenyon tailback heads for a hole in the opposing defensive line.

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Kenyon students enjoying an afternoon at McBride Field.

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Three Lords converge an opposing ball carrier.

Check back next week as we take a look back at another era in Kenyon football history!

Conference Calls

By Charlotte

Kenyon Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Meredith Buzzi sat down with Gambier Gameday to share her picks for this week’s slate of NCAC games. First, let’s take a look at the results from this past week:

Week Three:

Kenyon 25

Ohio Wesleyan 35


Allegheny 24

Hiram 21


Wabash 31

Denison 12


Wooster 63

Oberlin 10


DePauw 17

Wittenberg 34


Week Four Conference Calls, Featuring Coach Meredith Buzzi:

Alleghany (1-1, 1-0 NCAC) at Wabash (2-0, 1-0 NCAC)

Conference Call: Wabash, because of the size of their roster.

 

Ohio Wesleyan (2-0, 1-0 NCAC) at Denison (1-2, 0-2 NCAC)

Conference Call: Ohio Wesleyan. A tough one because it is difficult to play in Granville, but Ohio Wesleyan has good momentum right now.

 

Wittenberg (1-1, 1-0 NCAC) at Oberlin (1-2, 1-1 NCAC):

Conference Call: Witt, because they’re giants.


Hiram (2-1, 1-1 NCAC) at Wooster (1-1, 1-0 NCAC):

Conference Call: Wooster. Another tough one because they both have one win in the conference, but Wooster is the home team.

Check back next week to see how Coach Buzzi’s predictions held up!

Postgame Notes: Kenyon 25, Ohio Wesleyan 35.

By Noah

A comeback was in the air at Selby Stadium during halftime, but Ohio Wesleyan came away with the W. Noah offers his sideline-perspective in Postgame Notes.

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Kenyon’s o-line doing work up front.

Kenyon’s offensive line and running back corps had their best game of the season thus far. While they did give up four sacks, the o-line played well against an aggressive OWU front and allowed the Lords’ rushing game to get to work on the ground. Despite Kenyon Junior RB #21 Casey Beaudouin not getting many reps due to lingering ankle issues, Senior RB #5 Brandon January and Junior FB #3 Blake Calcei picked up the slack big time. Although neither broke free for any big plays, January and Calcei were able to wear down the Ohio Wesleyan defense and pick up the necessary yardage on those 3rd and short and 4th and short situations. Busting ahead for three or four yards may not seem like much, but we don’t need to look back any further than the Oberlin game to see how badly failing to convert on 4th and short can hurt you in the long run.

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Bates preparing for battle during warm-ups. 

Kenyon’s passing game was on point once again. Junior Co-Captain QB #13 Jake Bates completed 28 passes on 39 attempts for 242 yards and two TDs. You can even chalk up Kenyon’s first TD to the passing game as well, as Bates hit Sophomore WR #7 Brian Hunca (nine catches for 91 yards on the night) for a 34-yard gain on third and long to set up January’s TD run from the two-yard line. Without registering any catches up to this point in the season, Calcei picked up 33 yards and a TD on five catches, slipping underneath the OWU line on a few occasions to pick up yardage on a shovel pass from Bates.

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Kenyon Freshman WR #2 Ian Bell had four catches for 41 yards against the Bishops.

Kenyon’s offense went nine for 21 on 3rd down conversions and three for three on 4th down conversions. While the former stat isn’t particularly breathtaking, Kenyon’s third down conversion rate hovered around 27% last year, so the team has made noticeable progress in that department. Unfortunately, only one of the 4th down conversions led to a score later in the drive, but giving Kenyon’s defense some rest (a glaring problem during the Marietta game) and keeping OWU’s offense off the field can be very helpful in the long run. Sometimes the best defense really is a good offense.

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Simo looking strong during warm-ups.

Kenyon Sophomore K #10 Szabi Simo is making a strong case for most improved player. Giving Kenyon the early lead with his career-long 45-yard boot was huge as far as putting OWU up against the ropes and letting everyone know that Kenyon was here to play. Having Simo’s 33-yard attempt bounce off of the cross bar at the end of the 3rd quarter was unfortunate, but combine the first field goal attempt with keeping all of his kickoffs inside OWU’s 10-yard line, and it’s safe to say that Simo can give himself a pat on the back for his work in Saturday’s game.

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Assistant Coach Pat Moynahan talking strategy with the Lords’ defense during the half.

Kenyon won the turnover battle. OWU may be able to pull out a win after turning the ball over a few times, but Kenyon can’t afford to do so and they played like it too, not yielding any turnovers during the game. On the defensive side, Kenyon Junior LB #44 Nick LaPoint did a great job hustling into the backfield to recover a fumbled snap in the 1st quarter and Freshman RB #32 Clay Lapp’s recovery of a muffed punt in the 2nd quarter set up a Kenyon scoring drive that made it a one-posession game for the Lords.

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January picked up 70 yards on 17 rushes and caught four passes for 10 yards.

Big plays really stung the Kenyon defense. Though Kenyon’s defense did a good job forcing OWU to go three-and-out early on, the Battling Bishops racked up 14 points on drives where they moved the chains on 3rd and long. Kenyon’s defense really struggled to contain OWU QB #7 Dominick Orsini, especially on the read-option, who broke free for 161 yards and three rushing TDs on the game. Orsini’s second rushing TD, a 65-yard scamper just 40 seconds after Kenyon took a 17-14 lead in the third quarter, was especially demoralizing from a Kenyon perspective.

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The Lords can be nothing but proud of their effort on Saturday night. No matter how outsized Kenyon may be before kickoff, you can just tell by how these guys play that they never step onto the field expecting to lose. No matter how many late hits they took and officiating calls they didn’t get, Kenyon never let frustration get the best of them and always kept themselves within striking distance, taking it one possession at a time. The Lords did a lot of things right on Saturday, and it’s unfortunate that they were dealt the loss on account of a few miscues. Kenyon is on an upward trend moving forward, and if these two teams played a few weeks from now, I wouldn’t be surprised if the outcome was different.

Tailgate Talk: Week 3

By Noah

Ohio Wesleyan University (1-0, 0-0 NCAC) vs. Kenyon College (0-2, 0-1 NCAC)

Selby Stadium, Deleware, Ohio.

7 p.m.

Know the Enemy

Nickname: Battling Bishops.

All-Time Record vs. Kenyon: 32-10-3.

Current Steak: 4- Ohio Wesleyan.

Location: Deleware, Ohio.

Enrollment: 1,821.

School Anagram: Hyenas owe oil.

Most popular majors: Social Sciences, Biological and Biomedical Sciences and Business and Marketing.

Notable alumnus: Branch Rickey. A member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, Rickey is most well known for breaking baseball’s color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson while serving as General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Graduating from OWU in 1904. Rickey paid his way through college by playing professional baseball and football on the side.

When Last They Met

OWU spoiled Kenyon’s Homecoming game last season, escaping Gambier with a 20-13 win over the Lords. Down 20-6 to the Battling Bishops in the 4th quarter, QB #13 Jake Bates connected with WR #11 Jibri McLean for a 65-yard touchdown pass to make it a one-possession game with over nine minutes left in regulation. Unfortunately, Kenyon’s offense sputtered most of the afternoon and was unable to tie it up in the final minutes. Shutting out OWU for three quarters, it was the Lords’ defense that shined on Homecoming and gave Kenyon a chance to tie and potentially win the game. Holding the Battling Bishops to just 20 points despite conceding 270 yards through the air, Kenyon’s defense joined that of Wittenberg University and Wabash College as the only squads to hold OWU to 20 points or less that season.

Going Into This Week

Costly turnovers and a few missed tackles ended up being the difference in Kenyon’s 47-28 Homecoming loss to Oberlin last week. While not in action last week, OWU opened their 2014 campaign with a convincing 40-20 win over Bluffton University two weeks ago, holding the Beavers scoreless in the second half.

By the Numbers

222- more yards gained by Kenyon’s offense against Oberlin than against Marietta College.

7.2- yards per rush conceded by Kenyon’s defense against Oberlin.

92%- 3rd down success rate for OWU’s defense against Bluffton’s offense.

Players to Watch

Kenyon Senior WR #6 Jake Genachowski

After not registering any catches in the season opener against Marietta, Genachowski led the Lords’ receiving corps with four catches for 78 yards and a touchdown against Oberlin, with an onside-kick recovery to boot. Kenyon’s passing game really seemed to come into its own last week; hopefully Bates, Genachowski and the rest of the Lords’ offense can keep it going against OWU.

Ohio Wesleyan Sophomore DE #40 Gary Brodek

Brodek gave Bluffton’s offense headaches in the Battling Bishops’ home opener, registering eight tackles, including two tackles for a loss, a sack and a forced fumble. While Kenyon’s offensive line did a better job protecting Bates last weekend against Oberlin, the Lords’ rushing game has yet to really take off this season. How well the offensive line handles Brodek could determine whether Kenyon pushes the running game against OWU or opts for a more passing-based gameplan.

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By Noah

Gambier Gameday hits the archives for Throwback Thursday! Special thanks to Collegian Sports Editor Alex Pijanowski ’14 and the good people of the Olin Library archival staff for the pictures.

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Team photo from the Lords’ 1891 season (click on the image for a higher resolution).

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Action shots from the 1932 season. Notice the winged design on the helmet.