TERRE HAUTE -- It only took the DePauw University football team 18 seconds to set the pace for what would be a record-breaking day.
With its, 60-21 win over Rose-Hulman Saturday, DePauw took home a share of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for the first time in five years. The Tigers will share the 2005 SCAC title with Trinity, and haven't had a piece of the title since 2000 when they shared it in a three-way tie.
The Tigers did more than win a piece of the SCAC title, they set a modern day school record of 60 points scored in a game. The last time the school scored that many points was in 1939, when they defeated Franklin 74-0. DePauw also became the second team to score that many points in a SCAC game.
Curran Clark started the Tigers' momentum when he picked off Camron Hummels pass and returned it for a 29-yard touchdown in the first 18 seconds of the game. The Tigers went on to score three more touchdowns in the first quarter, while giving up one score when Hummel broke free and ran for a 66-yard touchdown.
"There aren't that many teams that can keep up with us when we set a pace like that," DPU head coach Tim Rogers said.
DePauw never slowed the pace down either in the second quarter. The Tigers scored another touchdown midway through the second quarter when Jeremiah Marks capped off a 79-yard drive with a five-yard touchdown run, to put the Tigers up 34-7. Marks, for the ninth time in his collegiate career, ran for more than 100 yards in a single game, finishing the day with 162 rushing yards on 25 carries.
"Marks is probably the best tailback in Division III football right now and he is an awesome football player," Rogers said
DePauw nearly scored another touchdown at the end of the second quarter, but was forced to settle for a field goal when the Engineers' defense stopped the Tigers' offense in its tracks.
It looked as if Rose-Hulman was going to put up a fight and come back at the start of the second half when Hummel scored on another huge run. Hummel ran for 44 yards this time for the Engineers' touchdown, but any hope that Rose-Hulman had of winning the game, came to crashing halt when DePauw answered back with two touchdowns within four minutes of each other.
Jason Murphy ended a 74-yard drive for the Tigers when he ran in for an 11-yard touchdown and then Dorruis Ford ended the Tigers' second scoring drive, which was 44 yards this time, with a five-yard TD run.
Rose-Hulman scored for the last time, five minutes into the fourth quarter after an interception put them into the red zone for the score. The Tigers came back and finished the game with a huge 45-yard run touchdown by Daniel Stauffer and a safety for the final.
Their win over Rose-Hulman makes the Tigers 7-1 on the season and 5-0 in the SCAC. This was the Tigers seventh straight win after losing their season opener. With the exception of two games that the Tigers have played where they won 14-7 and 7-3, DePauw has outscored their opponents by more than 20 points per game.
"These guys are a great group of football players and this win was a little retribution for us. For the past few weeks, we haven't played that good and we proved today that we are a very strong offensive team," Rogers said.
DePauw gained a total of 483 offensive yards Saturday with more 350 yards coming from the ground. The Tigers' defense held the Engineers to 314 total yards.
"Our defense is a proud group of seniors," Rogers said. "Rose-Hulman tried a few tricks in this game, but it cost them with our defense."
DePauw's record breaking offense was led by Marks who ran for 163 yards and three touchdowns while Ross Wiethoff went 9-17 passing for 104 yards and rushed for 49 yards. He also had 22 receiving yards for one touchdown.
The Tigers will conclude their season on Saturday when they take on Wabash College in the annual Monon Bell game at Black Stock stadium.
At Terre Haute
DePauw University -- 28 9 14 9 -- 60
Rose-Hulman -- 7 0 7 7 -- 21
DPU - Clark 29 yd interception return (Mallory kick) 14:42
RHIT - Hummel 66 yd run (Sharp kick) 13:46
DPU - Wiethoff 22 yd pass from Culp (Mallorykick) 12:25
DPU - Marks 5 yd run (Mallory kick) 6:54
Marks 5 yd run (Mallory kick blocked) 6:37
DPU - Mallory 28 field goal :11
RHIT- Hummel 44 yd run (Sharp kick) 10:54
DPU- Murphey 11 yd run (Mallory kick) 6:57
DPU - Ford 5 yd run (Mallory kick) 2:56
RHIT - Key 1 yd run (Sharp kick) 10:10
DPU - Stauffer 45 yd run (Mallory kick) 9:12
DPU - Brutkiewicz Safety 8:18
First Downs -0 DPU 22, RHIT 14
Yards rushing - DPU 357, RHIT 211
Yards passing - DPU 126, RHIT 13
Total yards - DPU 483, RHIT 314
Fumbles/lost - DPU 1-0, RHIT 2-1
Punts - DPU 3-106, RHIT 5-158
Penalties - DPU 4-35, RHIT 4-35
DPU (57-361-6) Marks 25-163, 3 TD, Stauffer 8-67, 1 TD, Murphey 1159, 1 TD, Wiethoff 6-49, Ford 5-19, 1 TD, Winkle 1-4
RHIT (32-236-3) Hummel 15-179, 2 TD, Schlegal 3-10, Key 10-9 1TD, Schrock 2-9, Phelps 2-4
DPU (10-19-0-1) Wiethoff 9-17, 0 TD, 0 INT., 104, Winkle 0-1, 0 TD, 1 INT., Culp 1-1, 22 yd 1 TD, 0 INT.
RHIT (13-24-0-3) Hummel 12-20, 94 yd 0 TD 3 INT., Zembala 1-4, 9 yd 0 TD, 0 INT.
DPU - Culp 5-52, Roth 2-24, Araiza 1-27, Wiethoff 1-22, 1 TD, Jonason 1-1
RHIT - Key 3-26, Downey 2-20, Richter 2-19, Robinson 2-10, Meade 1-16, Terkhorn 1-17, Schrock 1-6, Schlegal 1-(-1)
Next game - DePauw hosts Wabash College in the Monon Bell game at 1:30 p.m.