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Wabash gets Monon Bell back with 'The Catch'

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On the last catch of his career, on the last play of the game, senior receiver Kurt Casper brought the Monon Bell back to Wabash.

In dramatic fashion, the Little Giants fired the same play they had worked on time and again in practice — a designed tipped pass from Ryan Short — fell into Casper's waiting arms to give Wabash a 27-21 victory in the 108th Monon Bell Classic. 

Officially it was a 52-yard completion from Jake Knott, but the only number that mattered was 300 — the weight of the Bell as it returned to Wabash. 

Wabash led 14-7 at halftime after TD passes from Knott to Nick Dawson and Short. DePauw drew even in the third quarter before the Little Giants regained the lead on a 6-yard completion to Short. The reception was the 13th touchdown catch of the season for Short, tying the Wabash and conference single season mark he set last year. 

DePauw answered with 14 seconds left in the game, tying the contest at 21-21 to set up the heroics. 

Eddie Garza returned the Tigers' kick to the Wabash 39-yard line. Knott hit Casper for a short gain to the 48 with three seconds showing on the clock. 

Knott rolled right on the final play of the game, fired the final pass toward the end zone, and awaited the outcome along with 7,300 fans and two anxious teams. 

The ball was tipped by Short to Casper, who made the game-winning grab and was immediately mobbed by his teammates. 

The win ended a five-year drought in Bell games for Wabash. The Little Giants trail in the overall series by just one game, 50-49-9.

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Wesley at Brockport
12:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Mount Union
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Washington and Jefferson
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Husson at Delaware Valley
1:00 PM
Berry at St. Thomas
1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
1:00 PM
Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
1:00 PM
Trine at Wartburg
Nov. 17: All times Eastern
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Merchant Marine 35, at Buffalo State 20
@ Newark, Del.
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Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Muhlenberg 32, at Carnegie Mellon 6
@ Newark, Del.
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at Franklin and Marshall 21, Widener 7
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Susquehanna 28, at Albright 9
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
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Cortland 35, at Union 28
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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at Ithaca 27, Salisbury 17
@ Newark, Del.
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at WPI 17, SUNY-Maritime 3
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
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Stevenson at Alfred
@ University of Delaware
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