Tailgate Talk: Week 11

By Noah

Denison University (5-4, 4-4 NCAC) vs. Kenyon College (1-8, 1-7 NCAC)

McBride Field, Gambier, OH.

1 p.m.

Know the Enemy

Nickname: Big Red.

All-Time Record vs. Kenyon: 39-24-2.

Current Steak: 8-Denison. The Lords’ last victory over Denison came on November 12th of 2005 under Head Coach Ted Stanley at McBride Field.

Location: Granville, Ohio.

Enrollment: 2,136.

School Anagram: Unrevised noisy tin.

Notable Alumnus: Actress Jennifer Garner.

Most popular majors: Social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences and communication.

 

When Last They Met

Picking up 475 total yards, Denison’s balanced offensive attack steamrolled a Kenyon defense that never seemed to get into a rhythm in a 42-7 loss. On the other side of the ball, Denison’s defense shafted Junior Co-Captain QB #13 Jake Bates and the Kenyon offense, holding the Lords to less than 200 yards of total offense on the day. Though the scoreboard reflected a dominating performance by Denison, it was the Lords who looked uncharacteristically out of sync in the 2013 season finale.

 

Going Into This Week

Injuries and turnovers on the offensive end be damned, the Kenyon defense looked strong for four quarters and kept the Lords in it until the very end. Ultimately, however, the Fighting Scots prevailed and Kenyon dropped a 21-7 decision to the College of Wooster last weekend. In Granville, Denison routed Allegheny 45-7 for the Senior Day victory.

 

By the Numbers

40%- Red zone percentage to which the Kenyon defense held the College of Wooster last weekend.

9- Years since Kenyon last defeated Denison.

406- passing yards Denison racked up last weekend against Allegheny, a season high for the Big Red.

 

Players to Watch

Kenyon Jr. Co-Captain DB #24 Alec McQuiston

After a monster game against the College of Wooster (11 total tackles, 4 for a loss), McQuiston and the Kenyon secondary will have to have a repeat performance against Denison in order to stymie one of the NCAC’s most potent offenses.

 

Denison Sr. QB #9 Brandon Sklenar

Leading the NCAC in passing yards, Sklenar passed for four touchdowns against Kenyon in the last meeting between these two teams. Watch for Sklenar to exercise his big play capabilities against the Lords on Saturday.

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