October 13, 2012

Wittenberg Offense Awakens In 41-17 Victory Over Chicago

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio - Wittenberg University's offense had struggled for three straight weeks. On an idyllic fall afternoon in front of their home fans, the slumbering Tigers came alive in a 41-17 victory over the University of Chicago.

It was a first-ever meeting between Wittenberg and Chicago, and it produced a signficant amount of offense for both teams. The Tigers finished with a whopping 30 first downs - their highest total in nearly two years - and the Maroons weren't far behind with 24. Wittenberg compiled a season-best 581 yards of total offense, thanks to tremendous balance (234 yards rushing and 347 yards passing).

In the end, the numbers that mattered were displayed on the Edwards-Maurer Field scoreboard. With the win, the Tigers improved to 5-1 overall, heading into a key road game against Allegheny on Saturday, Oct. 20. Chicago had its record leveled at 3-3.

The fireworks started early for Wittenberg as they drove right down the field and scored on their first two possessions. Both drives ended in spectacular fashion, starting with a touchdown reception in the back of the end zone by freshman tailback Jimmy Dehnke (Canton, Ohio/Massillon Jackson) that was initially juggled by junior wide receiver Brendon Cunningham (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont).

The second score covered 19 yards in spectacular fashion as junior wide receiver Desi Kirkman (Lima, Ohio/Central Catholic) took a short pass across the middle, cut up the sideline and then flipped over a Chicago defender as he crossed the goal line.

Junior quarterback Reed Florence (South Charleston, Ohio/Southeastern) went on to throw four touchdown passes, adding a perfectly thrown 30-yard strike to junior wideout Jonathan Stoner (Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green) in the second quarter and a nine-yard toss to Cunningham in the fourth quarter.

In between, Dehnke added touchdown runs of two yards in the second quarter and 11 yards early in the fourth period. He finished with 128 yards on 21 carries, while Florence contributed 70 yards on 10 totes and junior JaVanh Sanders (Las Vegas, Nev./) contributed 36 yards on seven carries.

Through the air, Florence covered 347 yards on 22-of-31 passing. Cunningham was his favorite target with seven catches for 102 yards, while Kirkman added four receptions for 62 yards.

Defensively, Wittenberg was paced by junior linebacker Spencer Leno (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) with 13 tackles, while senior cornerback Jamaal Everett (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont) and junior safety Mark Swope (Fairborn, Ohio/Fairborn) added 10 stops apiece. Everett also was credited with two pass break-ups.

Sep. 30: All times Eastern
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Randolph-Macon 24, at Shenandoah 19
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at Washington and Lee 49, Emory and Henry 23
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Massachusetts Maritime 30, at Fitchburg State 0
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Becker 42, at Gallaudet 18
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at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
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RPI 51, at Rochester 13
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Endicott 21, at MIT 9
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
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at William Paterson 18, Montclair State 13
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at Wesleyan 34, Hamilton 6
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at Tufts 12, Bates 7
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31 Wabash
14 Hiram
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Middlebury 35, at Colby 14
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Amherst 31, at Bowdoin 10
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Frostburg State 25, at Kean 18
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at DePauw 48, Kenyon 35
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Ferrum 30, at Greensboro 0
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Maryville (Tenn.) at Methodist
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26 FDU-Florham
28 Wilkes
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at Castleton 23, Anna Maria 13
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Moravian 33, at Ursinus 32
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Stevenson 48, at Misericordia 0
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at St. Lawrence 42, Springfield 14
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45 Thomas More
35 Westminster (Pa.)
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Alma 56, at Kalamazoo 26
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Franklin and Marshall 20, at Dickinson 10
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Wesley 63, at Southern Virginia 9
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Adrian 28, at Albion 21
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Husson 33, at SUNY-Maritime 12
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Apprentice 24, at Alfred State 8
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at Salisbury 41, TCNJ 6
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at St. John Fisher 28, Buffalo State 24
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Salve Regina 47, at Curry 14
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at Gettysburg 38, McDaniel 23
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21 Delaware Valley
0 Lebanon Valley
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at Denison 21, Ohio Wesleyan 14
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at Ithaca 23, Utica 14
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Alfred 49, at Morrisville State 24
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29 Western New England
14 Nichols
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at Albright 27, King's 7
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at Guilford 59, Catholic 0
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Muhlenberg 33, at Susquehanna 30
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at N.C. Wesleyan 41, Huntingdon 31
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at MacMurray 31, Minnesota-Morris 10
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34 Birmingham-Southern
38 Chicago
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Westminster (Mo.) 35, at Crown 7
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15 Mount Ida
14 Norwich
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Trinity (Conn.) 38, at Williams 13
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49 Baldwin Wallace
49 Marietta
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24 Muskingum
20 Heidelberg
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at WPI 21, Union 14
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30 Maine Maritime
36 Coast Guard
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60 John Carroll
0 Wilmington
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38 Mount Union
21 Ohio Northern
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41 Franklin
13 Manchester
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Mount St. Joseph at Hanover
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Widener at Lycoming
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46 Defiance
14 Earlham
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7 Concordia-Chicago
12 Trine
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20 Capital
21 Otterbein
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7 Plymouth State
0 Westfield State
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41 Wittenberg
7 Wooster
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10 Anderson
35 Rose-Hulman
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38 Bridgewater
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Waynesburg at Grove City
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Cortland at Hartwick
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Centre at Hendrix
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27 Eureka
6 Greenville
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7 Northwestern (Minn.)
5 Iowa Wesleyan
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7 Concordia (Wis.)
16 Lakeland
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15 Rockford
30 Benedictine
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27 Aurora
7 Wisconsin Lutheran
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17 Nebraska Wesleyan
17 Luther
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33 Rhodes
14 Sewanee
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14 Lake Forest
28 St. Norbert
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Concordia-Moorhead at Gustavus Adolphus
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28 Hamline
23 Carleton
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35 St. John's
13 Bethel
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17 UW-Whitewater
14 UW-Platteville
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4th - 14:51
27 Buena Vista
17 Loras
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29 Sul Ross State
33 Hardin-Simmons
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UW-Stevens Point at UW-Eau Claire
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Beloit at Lawrence
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Cornell at Monmouth
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10 Wartburg
17 Coe
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28 Dubuque
17 Central
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17 Wheaton (Ill.)
24 Illinois Wesleyan
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3 McMurry
24 Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Elmhurst at Augustana
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Macalester at Ripon
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Grinnell at Illinois College
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7 Howard Payne
14 Louisiana College
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32 East Texas Baptist
17 Belhaven
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7 Augsburg
34 St. Thomas
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Washington and Jefferson at Thiel
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Maranatha Baptist at Morthland
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St. Scholastica at Martin Luther
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Carthage at Carroll
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0 UW-Stout
17 UW-Oshkosh
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0 Willamette
0 Puget Sound
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Whittier at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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Pacific at Pacific Lutheran
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Lewis and Clark at Linfield
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Olivet at Hope
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Bethany at Carnegie Mellon
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St. Vincent at Case Western Reserve
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Christopher Newport at Rowan
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Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
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Berry at Washington U.
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North Park at Millikin
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Pomona-Pitzer at Chapman
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at Hobart 38, Merchant Marine 35
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at Johns Hopkins 52, Juniata 17
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at Salisbury 41, TCNJ 6
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45 Thomas More
35 Westminster (Pa.)
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31 Wabash
14 Hiram
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at St. John Fisher 28, Buffalo State 24
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Stevenson 48, at Misericordia 0
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at St. Lawrence 42, Springfield 14
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at N.C. Wesleyan 41, Huntingdon 31
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38 Mount Union
21 Ohio Northern
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41 Franklin
13 Manchester
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41 Wittenberg
7 Wooster
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17 Wheaton (Ill.)
24 Illinois Wesleyan
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17 UW-Whitewater
14 UW-Platteville
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35 St. John's
13 Bethel
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3 McMurry
24 Mary Hardin-Baylor
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29 Sul Ross State
33 Hardin-Simmons
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32 East Texas Baptist
17 Belhaven
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28 Dubuque
17 Central
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7 Augsburg
34 St. Thomas
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0 UW-Stout
17 UW-Oshkosh
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Lewis and Clark at Linfield
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Christopher Newport at Rowan
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