Greencastle, Ind. - In yet another classic finish, DePauw scored on a 62-yard pass play from Chase Andries to Gavin Ritter with 38.3 seconds left and the defense finished it as the Tigers regained possession of the Monon Bell with a 17-13 win on Nick Mourouzis Field at Blackstock Stadium. The Tigers finished the season at 6-4 overall and 6-3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while Wabash moved to 7-3 overall and 7-2 in conference play.
Wabash entered the fourth quarter with a 10-7 lead after Schuyler Nehrig's 27-yard field goal with 4:04 left in the third, but the Tigers put together a drive that culminated in Jack Brush's first collegiate field goal, a 28-yarder with 13:28 remaining in regulation to tie the contest at 10-10.
The Little Giants drove to the DePauw 20 on the next series, but Wabash quarterback Liam Thompson was tackled for a 3-yard loss on first down and then fumbled on the next play as DePauw's Henry Locke forced it and Dylan Hyatt recovered at the DePauw 40. The momentum was short-lived as Wabash's Jake Page picked off Andries at the DePauw 47 on the second play of the drive with 7:32 left.
Wabash used the clock, converting a fourth down from the DePauw 38 and a third down from the DePauw 17. A rush for no gain followed before an incomplete pass and a 1-yard loss forced the Little Giants to settle for a Nehrig 30-yard field goal with 1:36 remaining.
DePauw started its game-winning drive on its own 25 with Andries completing an 8-yard pass to Will Harris and a 5-yarder to Josh Major for a first down. Andries escaped pressure on the next play and scampered across the field and out of bounds in front of the Wabash sideline at the line of scrimmage. Andries then connected with Ritter who was behind the Wabash coverage on the right sideline. Ritter caught the ball inside the Little Giants' 40 and outran the defense before stretching over the goal line for the score. Brush's point-after made it 17-13 with 38.3 seconds left.
Wabash then started its final drive on its own 31 and Thompson was sacked for a loss of five yards on first down before completing a 12-yard pass to Reis Thomas and a 10-yarder to Heisman Skeens for a first down at the Wabash 48. The Little Giants spiked the ball to stop the clock with 11 seconds remaining. Thompson completed a 17-yard pass to Devon Anderson who stepped out at the DePauw 35 with five seconds left. DePauw defensive end Keivan Rahimi then sacked Thompson as time expired.
The Little Giants grabbed a 7-0 lead in the first after Seth Buresh sacked Andries and David Marsh scooped up the ball at the DePauw 23 and ran it for a touchdown with 3:13 remaining in the first.
Early in the second, DePauw punter Ty Johnson boomed a Monon Bell record 72-yard punt to the Wabash 2. The Little Giants picked up a first down but then were forced to punt. Starting on their own 38, the Tigers picked up a first down on three straight Andries runs. Andries then connected with Harris for 26 yards to the Little Giants' 23. Jarrod Stiver carried three straight times with the touchdown coming from the 7 with 5:21 left in the half.
Later in the half the Tigers drove to the Wabash 34 but were forced to punt and Wabash ran out the clock.
DePauw outgained Wabash, 289-201, with a narrow 79-72 edge on the ground. The Tigers also converted 9 of 15 third-down situations to Wabash's 5 of 14.
Noah Jones rushed for 51 yards on 17 carries, while Andries completed 16 of 24 for 210 yards. Harris hauled in eight for 78 yards with Ritter totaling 110 yards on his three receptions.
Isaac Avant rushed for 78 yards on 25 tries, while Thompson completed 11 of 18 passes for 129 yards. Cooper Sullivan led with four catches for 59 yards.
Jared Bertam led Wabash with eight tackles with Brock Heffron, Patrick Kelly, Buresh and Jackson Garrett each finishing with seven. Buresh had 2.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
NOTES: With the win, DePauw snapped a five-game Wabash win streak in Greencastle that started in 2009 ... DePauw trimmed Wabash's lead in the series to 62-55-9 and 43-39-6 in Monon Bell games ... This marked the fourth straight Monon Bell game decided by seven or fewer points ... the 62-yard pass from Chase Andries to Gavin Ritter equaled the Tigers longest play of the year.