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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