BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Behind 325 passing yards and three touchdowns from quarterback Spud Dick, DePauw University defeated the Birmingham-Southern football team, 35-21, Saturday afternoon at Panther Stadium.
DePauw, tied for first in the SCAC standings, moves to 6-1 on the season, while the Panthers fall to 4-4.
DePauw scored on its first drive of the game on a two-yard rush by Derrick Karazsia at the 11:54 mark, and proceeded to score again on its next drive on a 62-yard pass from Dick to Alex Koors with 4:50 left in the first quarter. Jordan Havercamp made both extra points, giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead.
BSC got on the board at the 1:10 mark of the first quarter on a 33-yard keeper by junior quarterback Joe Thigpen. Freshman Cody Hutchings made the extra point to cut the DePauw lead to 14-7 heading into the second quarter.
The Tigers’ third drive of the game ended on an interception by freshman Chris Reeves at the 11:41 mark of the second quarter, but the Panthers were unable to score on the drive. DePauw was successful in finding the endzone, however, as Dick completed a seven-yard pass to Mark Branigan at the 2:12 mark. Havercamp’s kick was good, putting the Tigers up 21-7. Neither team would score again in the half, and DePauw took the 14-point lead to the locker room at halftime.
DePauw increased its lead to 28-7 at the 11-minute mark of the third quarter after an interception by Ryan Preuss gave the Tigers the ball. On the next play, Dick completed a 37-yard pass to Koors for the touchdown, and Havercamp’s fourth extra point attempt was good.
On the next drive, BSC advanced to DePauw’s eight-yard line and went for it on fourth-and-five. Thigpen’s pass to senior Dion Watts was incomplete, but a pass interference call gave the Panthers a first down at the DePauw two-yard line. Thigpen tucked the ball and rushed to the end zone to cut the lead to 28-14 at the 7:30 mark of the third quarter.
DePauw’s next drive was ended on a big stop by the BSC defense as Dick was sacked by sophomore Sam Bratt, but the Panthers were unable to score on the drive.
The BSC defense came up big again on the next drive as Reeves picked off another Dick pass, leading to another BSC scoring drive capped off with a 22-yard rush by freshman halfback Shawn Morris. Hutchings’ kick was good to cut the lead to 28-21 with 14:03 left in the game.
The Tigers scored again on their next drive on a three-yard rush by Jon Ellis, and Havercamp’s fifth kick was good, giving DePauw a 35-21 lead with 7:43 left to play.
BSC drove to the DePauw two-yard line on its next play, but was unable to capitalize, and the Tigers took over on downs on their own six-yard line with 3:56 left in the game.
Dick was 24-of-31 with two interceptions and two sacks as well as three touchdowns. Karazsia led with 35 yards rushing and a touchdown on 10 carries, and Koors led with 141 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions. Koors also led with 147 all-purpose yards.
Thomas Wrona led the Tiger defense with 10 tackles (4 solo, 6 assisted), and Tyler Doane and Ryan Woodard each recorded two sacks.
For BSC, Thigpen was 12-of-11 for 161 yards with an interception and six sacks. He also led with 67 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 27 carries. Junior tailback Walter Arrington led with 69 yards on four catches, and also led with 226 all-purpose yards.
Sophomore punter/defensive back Kyle Sebestyen led the team with nine tackles (4 solo, 5 assisted), while senior linebacker Victor Allen and Bratt each recorded sacks, and Reeves came up with two interceptions.
BSC led DePauw in rushing yards, 138 to 49, but the Tigers racked up 325 passing yards to the Panthers’ 161. BSC recorded 21 first downs, three more than DePauw.
The Panthers are at home again next weekend in their last game of the season, taking on Huntingdon College in the first annual Wesley Cup game as well as Homecoming 2009. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m. at Panther Stadium.