Recap of the Tigers' season

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SAM CARAVANA / THE DEPAUW
SAM CARAVANA / THE DEPAUW
SAM CARAVANA / THE DEPAUW

Mount St. Joseph W (44-13)

The Tigers started the season totaling 535 yards and 28 first downs in a trashing of the Lions. The Tigers outgained Mount St. Joseph 374-64 and had the advantage in first downs 22-6. Brooks Hepp kicked off the second half with an interception for a score, putting the Tigers up 34-6. DePauw senior quarterback Matt Hunt finished the game with 327 passing yards while his brother, Andy ,finished with 131 receiving yards.

@ Wooster W (35-24)

Matt Hunt’s 400 offensive yards led the Tigers to their first conference win of the season. DePauw took a 10-0, yet the Fighting Scots were able to tie the game at the beginning of the second half as Wooster booted a field goal. The teams exchanged punts for the remainder of the third quarter before senior running Jason Kirchhoff pushed DePauw ahead on a nine-yard run. DePauw’s Marko Adams nailed a 25-yard field goal with 6:29 remaining to make it 27-17. Wooster quickly marched down the field scoring from the one-yard line to make it 27-24. Hunt sealed the 35-24 win with just 1:27 left.

Hiram W (66-17)

Matt Hunt continued his incredible season with four touchdown passes and ran for one more. The 66 points were the most by a DePauw team since Nov. 4, 1939, when they scored 74 against Franklin College. Hunt tossed an eight-yard scoring pass to his brother, Andy, just 4:16 into the game. The Tigers then scored 28 straight points with scores from Ian Good, Ben Wilson, and Andy Hunt. DePauw totaled 635 yards of offense which ranks third in school history and included 295 on the ground and 340 through the air. Matt Hunt’s 417 total yards was the third-best single-game effort in school history.  

  1. Kenyon W (48-35)

DePauw continued its undefeated streak in a well fought clash against Kenyon. The Hunt brothers, Matt and Andy, teamed up for a 55-yard gain in the final drive of the first quarter. Three plays later, Ian Good snagged a 27-yard long scoring pass to put the Tigers ahead 17-0. The Lords were able to gather some offense during the second and third quarter, but the defense proved too much for Kenyon. A pivotal point of the game that helped cement the game was Cody Baker’s interception that led to a nine-yard scoring pass between the Hunt brothers and put the Tigers up 41-21.

@ Wittenberg L (10-21)

Battling against a team that beat Wabash just a week before, the Tigers went into Springfield, Ohio and earned their first loss. The hosts, Wittenberg, continued to 5-0 in the NCAC, while DePauw fell to 4-1. DePauw had two turnovers to Wittenberg’s one in addition to having more penalty yards than Wittenberg. Despite these discrepancies, DePauw totaled 385 yards to Wittenberg’s 402 and DePauw held a 24-19 edge in first downs. In what statistically was an even contest, the score reflected a more emphatic loss than it was.      

@ Alleghany W (69-21)

DePauw quickly regained its confidence with an assured win over Alleghany. The Tigers needed just three plays to take the lead, which they would retain throughout the game as Jason Kirchhoff scored a 20-yard run with 12:06 left in the first quarter. They reached a 21-0 lead with two touchdowns from  Matt Hunt to junior wide receiver Chase Sadler. Hunt and Sadler linked up again from 17 yards to give the Tigers a 48-14 lead going into halftime. Sadler caught one more touchdown to break the school’s single game record on a 76-yard score. The Tigers surpassed their scoring record of the season and had the second most points scored in school history behind the 74 points they put up against Franklin in 1939.

Ohio Wesleyan L (15-37)

After visiting Ohio Wesleyan began with a 14-0 lead, DePauw scored 15 unanswered to take the lead, but the Battling Bishops scored the final 23 in a 37-15 contest that left the Tigers 5-2 overall and 4-2 in the conference. The Battling Bishops scored on their first possession on a 37 yard run. The defense proved to be the problem for the Tigers and Ohio Wesleyan outgained DePauw, 568-300 and held the Tigers to just first down and 51 yards in the second half.

Denison W (30-16)

In perhaps the Tigers’ most impressive win, DePauw's defense sacked Denison quarterbacks six times, held the Big Red to 12 rushing yards and picked off four passes. The offense scored 24 first-half points on the way to a 30-16 North Coast Athletic Conference win over 22nd-ranked and previously unbeaten Denison. Brooks Hepp led the DePauw with 12 tackles and three pass breakups. Pete Nelson had 3.5 of DePauw's six sacks as the Tigers held Denison to just 12 rushing yards in 22 attempts. Rocky Leffler, Reichle, David Cory and Joel Kauth each had one interception.

@ Oberlin W (50-17)

DePauw trailed Oberlin after the game's first two plays from scrimmage, but the Tigers scored the next 26 on the way to a 50-17 conference win. DePauw improved to 7-2 overall and 6-2 in the NCAC. Oberlin earned 70 yards on the first play of the game. The Tigers’s Matt Hunt scored on a three-yard run just 3:26 later to end a drive in which he threw for 25 yards and rushed for 21 yards. The Hunt brothers teamed up on the next series for a 13-yard score to push the lead to 33-17. Matt Hunt rushed for 94 yards on 10 carries, while Jason Kirchhoff followed with 77 yards on13 tries. Matt Hunt also completed 32-of-46 passes for 294 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The Tigers go confidently into Wabash following a resounding win against Oberlin.