DePauw Now 3-0 after 51-24 Win over Wooster in Home Opener

Greencastle, Ind. - Wooster scored on the game's first possession, but DePauw scored on five straight possessions on the way to a 51-24 North Coast Athletic Conference win. The Tigers moved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the NCAC in their home opener, while the Fighting Scots dropped to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

The game started with Wooster taking the field with just 10 players on its first offensive play in memory of teammate Clayton Geib who passed away earlier in the week.

The Fighthing Scots scored first on Trevor Bowden's 23-yard field goal that capped a 13-play, 68-yard series. 

The teams exchanged punts before DePauw reached the board on Tanner Cleveland's 10-yard run. DePauw's defense limited Wooster to just one more first down in the quarter and the Tigers made it 14-3 when Andy Hunt caught a 14-yard pass from Matt Labus with 1:50 left in the opening quarter.

Another three-and-out and a short punt gave DePauw the ball on the Wooster 45 with just under a minute left in the first. Labus found Chase Sadler for an 18-yard score on the first play of the second to push the lead to 21-3. DePauw's defense forced another change of possession on downs and Jake Tanner booted a 39-yard field goal to make it 24-3 with 11:33 remaining in the half.

Wooster countered on its next series with Gary Muntean completing a 34-yard scoring pass to Nick Strausbaugh with 8:31 left in the half before the Tigers came right back with a 57-yard pass play from Labus to Hunt.

Muntean's 1-yard run with 1:19 remaining in the half closed the Tigers' lead to 31-17.

DePauw then put the game away early in the third as the Tigers needed just four plays on the opening series of the half with Labus and Hunt again teaming up for a 36-yard score. The Tigers stopped Wooster on downs at the DePauw 17 and then embarked on a 9-play, 83-yard drive that ended with Labus tossing a 13-yard TD pass to Jake Hagan.

Muntean added a 13-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Antonio Bailey and DePauw scored the game's final points on Cleveland's 3-yard run.

DePauw outgained Wooster 509-370 and limited the Fighting Scots to just five net rushing yards.

Labus completed 17-of-22 passes for 303 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions and led the team with 50 rushing yards on 11 carries. Hagan caught six passes for 41 yards and a score, while Hunt had four for 133 yards. 

Muntean completed 36-of-53 passes for 365 yards with eight going to Bailey for 47 yards and seven to Strausbaugh for 102 yards.

Brooks Hepp paced the DePauw defense with nine tackles, while Matt Crupi added eight. Nate Orrison had two of DePauw's six sacks, while Hepp and Jacob Howdeshell each broke up two passes. 

Christian Santos led Wooster with 11 tackles and Jake Cohen had eight.

DePauw returns to action on Saturday, September 30, at Ohio Wesleyan in a 2 p.m. contest.