Tailgate Talk: Week 2

By Noah

Kenyon College (0-1) vs. Oberlin College (0-1)

McBride Field, Gambier, Ohio.

2 p.m.

Know the Enemy

Nickname: Yeomen.

All-Time Record vs. Kenyon: 40-38-5.

Current Steak: 2-Kenyon.

Location: Oberlin, Ohio.

Enrollment: 2,894.

School-Nickname Anagram: Embroil one yen.

Notable Alumnus: James Burrows, director of television series including Cheers, Frasier, Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory.

Most popular majors: Music, biology and political science and government.

Ranking on The Onion’s 2014 University Rankings: #3.

When Last They Met

Kenyon topped Oberlin 21-14 last season in a comeback win replete with mud, rain and turnovers. While Kenyon’s stalwart defense didn’t allow a first down until the second quarter, the Yeomen took a 14-13 lead into the half after scoring both touchdowns on drives following an interception and fumble recovery, respectively. Kenyon retook the lead for good after Kolin Sullivan ’14 brought down the Oberlin QB at the Yeomen’s one-yard line, forcing a fumble which Ryan Rosen ’14 recovered and carried into the end zone for the touchdown.

Going Into This Week

After Kenyon took an 11-0 lead into the half, Marietta College held the Lords scoreless for the rest of the game, storming back with 29 points of their own for the 29-11 win. Oberlin also suffered a Week 1 loss, traveling to Western New York only to get trounced 45-10 by the College of Brockport.

By the Numbers

83- Games played between Kenyon and Oberlin.

27- Net passing yards for Oberlin against Brockport last weekend.

2- Second half first downs for Kenyon against Marietta.

Players to Watch

Kenyon Sophomore WR #7 Brian Hunca

Racking up 69 yards on five catches, the returning starter accounted for Kenyon’s sole touchdown on the day against Marietta last Saturday. Hunca could have an even bigger day tomorrow, going up against a secondary that conceded 371 yards through the air against Brockport last weekend.

Oberlin Senior LB #40 Max Shenk

After only playing in one game last season due to injury, the 6-foot-2, 240 pounder amassed eight tackles (two of which were for a loss of yardage) in Oberlin’s season opener. Kenyon’s offensive line, which struggled in the second half against Marietta, conceding seven sacks on the game, will have to fend off Shenk in order to give QB #13 Jake Bates time and space to get into a groove tomorrow.

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