Ohio Wesleyan University (1-0, 0-0 NCAC) vs. Kenyon College (0-2, 0-1 NCAC)
Selby Stadium, Deleware, Ohio.
Know the Enemy
Nickname: Battling Bishops.
All-Time Record vs. Kenyon: 32-10-3.
Current Steak: 4- Ohio Wesleyan.
Location: Deleware, Ohio.
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
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.
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.