Tailgate Talk: Week 8

By Noah

#14 Wittenberg University (5-1, 5-0 NCAC) vs. Kenyon College (0-6, 0-5 NCAC)

Edwards-Maurer Field, Springfield, Ohio.

1 p.m.

Know the Enemy

Nickname: Tigers.

All-Time Record vs. Kenyon: 7-27-2.

Current Steak: 24- Wittenberg .

Location: Springfield, Ohio.

Enrollment: 1,910.

School/ Nickname Anagram: Bitter green twigs.

Most popular majors: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Social Sciences and Communications.

Notable alumnus: American author Sherwood Anderson. Though he only penned one best-seller in his novel Dark Laughter, Anderson is credited with exerting a heavy influence on the next generation of American writers, including Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner and John Steinbeck.

When Last They Met

While the #16 Tigers only held a 24-7 lead most of the game, 14-points in the last 3:05 of regulation blew things open for Wittenberg, who cruised to a 38-7 victory. Though the score may indicate the contrary, Kenyon’s defense had one of its best outings of the season, holding the high-powered Wittenberg offense to just three points during a 42-minute block. Unfortunately, Wittenberg was able to jump out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter, putting the Kenyon offense in hole of which they just couldn’t manage to get themselves out.

Going Into This Week

Despite holding Wabash to their lowest amount of rushing yards on the year and winning the time of possession, Kenyon fell short 52-10 to the #10 Little Giants. The Tigers defense locked down against Wooster, forcing four turnovers out of the Fighting Scotts and racking up four sacks en route to their 42-7 victory.

By the Numbers

100– years since Kenyon last beat Wittenberg in 1914 (a bright spot on an otherwise bleak year for Kenyon and the world at large, given the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of World War I).

83.8– receiving yards per game for Kenyon So. WR #7 Brian Hunca, fifth in the NCAC.

33:48– average amount of time Kenyon possesses the ball each game, the most in the NCAC.

Players to Watch

Kenyon Sophomore DB #9 Marcus Townsend

Townsend has made noticeable strides in the secondary since the beginning of the year, faring well in one-on-one coverage against Wabash and breaking up some key passes. Townsend will be challenged with the high-flying Wittenberg pass game, and it’ll be interesting to see who he matches up against with such a talented wide receiver corps.

Wittenberg Junior WR #4 Zach Culvahouse

Leading the NCAC in both receiving yards per game (104) and touchdowns on the season (9), Culvahouse accounts for over 1/3 of Wittenberg’s offensive TDs thus far. After picking up a season-high 169 receiving yards against Wooster, Culvahouse will look to wreak havoc against the young Kenyon secondary.

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