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Balanced Tiger Offense Buries Allegheny For Key NCAC Win

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MEADVILLE, Pa. - Many a Wittenberg team has ventured to the campus of Allegheny College and seen its title hopes dashed. The 2012 Tiger football team made sure it didn't fall into the same trap, keeping its North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) title hopes alive with perhaps its most complete all-around game of the season in a 35-6 victory.

The Tigers beat Allegheny for the fourth straight time and the 15th time in 24 all-time meetings. The 29-point margin of victory was Wittenberg's largest in 13 games in Meadville, where the Gators had won three of the last five meetings between the two programs.

Wittenberg did it by rolling up 542 yards of total offense while displaying almost perfect symmetry, including 273 yards passing and 269 yards rushing. In improving to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in the NCAC, Wittenberg scored in three of the four quarters and nearly pitched a shutout defensively before the Gators finally broke through for a touchdown with just 4:31 remaining in the game.

Allegheny fell to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the NCAC. The Tigers and Gators are two of four teams now tied for second place (the others being Wabash and Kenyon), one game behind surprising Ohio Wesleyan in the standings heading into the final three weeks of the regular season. Wittenberg does not play Ohio Wesleyan or Kenyon in 2012.

The Tigers got on the board first, converting their first drive of the game into four-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Reed Florence (South Charleston, Ohio/Southeastern). The drive covered just 51 yards thanks to the first collegiate interception for senior defensive end Jon Daniels (Springfield, Ohio/South).

Wittenberg pushed the lead out to 14 points by halftime with a 31-yard scoring strike from Florence to junior wide receiver Brendon Cunningham (Kettering, Ohio/Fairmont) in the second quarter. The Tigers broke the game open with three more scores in the third quarter, with Florence going 20 yards through the air to junior wide receiver Desi Kirkman (Lima, Ohio/Central Catholic) followed by short touchdown runs by freshman tailback Jimmy Dehnke (Canton, Ohio/Massillon Jackson) and junior tailback JaVanh Sanders (Las Vegas, Nev./Centennial).

Florence finished with 263 yards on 18-of-29 passing, and he also paced the running game with 12 carries for 99 yards. Dehnke added 17 carries for 77 yards, while Florence's favorite targets through the air were Cunningham and Kirkman with six receptions apiece, for 94 and 79 yards respectively.

Defensively, junior linebacker Kyle Sanning (Fairborn, Ohio/Tecumseh) led the way with nine tackles, including five solo stops. Junior linebacker Spencer Leno (Massillon, Ohio/Massillon) added seven tackles, while senior cornerback Karlos Marshall (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) and junior linebacker Evan Killilea (Columbus, Ohio/DeSales) finished with six tackles each. Two of Killilea's tackles were for loss.

The sprint to the finish continues next Saturday with a road trip to Denison for the final of three 2012 night games.

Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Framingham State 50, Massachusetts Maritime 7
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Muhlenberg 56, at Juniata 40
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at Dean 25, Becker 10
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Salisbury 27, at TCNJ 7
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MIT 38, at Catholic 21
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Merchant Marine 56, at Maine Maritime 31
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at Hobart 34, Endicott 17
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at Morrisville State 44, Nichols 22
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at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
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at Albright 9, Widener 7
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Christopher Newport 16, at Montclair State 8
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at Westminster (Pa.) 41, Bethany 14
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Middlebury 41, at Bowdoin 14
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Williams 24, at Colby 7
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Amherst 36, at Hamilton 6
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Ursinus 35, at Moravian 17
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Trinity (Conn.) 51, at Bates 0
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at LaGrange 38, Brevard 28
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Geneva 33, at Thiel 24
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at Plymouth State 37, Mass-Dartmouth 7
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Kean 28, at Southern Virginia 14
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Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
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Union 17, at Curry 14
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at Carnegie Mellon 37, Thomas More 17
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Lycoming 44, at King's 41
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at Western New England 21, Husson 14
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Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
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at DePauw 51, Wooster 24
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at Ohio Wesleyan 37, Allegheny 21
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at Misericordia 43, Wilkes 14
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at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
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Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
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at N.C. Wesleyan 35, Maryville (Tenn.) 25
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Huntingdon 31, at Ferrum 28
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at McDaniel 27, Gettysburg 20
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at Buffalo State 33, RPI 21
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Franklin and Marshall 27, at Susquehanna 24
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at Denison 45, Oberlin 17
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at Northwestern (Minn.) 10, Westminster (Mo.) 7
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at Eureka 44, Crown 20
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at Lebanon Valley 24, FDU-Florham 14
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at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
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at Ohio Northern 35, Otterbein 7
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at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
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at Rose-Hulman 37, Defiance 14
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at Marietta 49, Muskingum 25
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Franklin 59, at Bluffton 30
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at Hanover 64, Anderson 21
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Mount St. Joseph 31, at Manchester 14
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Worcester State 34, at Westfield State 10
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Coast Guard 13, at Norwich 9
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at Fitchburg State 31, Bridgewater State 29
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Wittenberg 48, at Kenyon 11
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at Wabash 25, Hiram 21
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North Central (Ill.) 51, at Millikin 21
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at Millsaps 17, Sewanee 13
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at Rhodes 35, Birmingham-Southern 9
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at Hendrix 36, Austin 24
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at Martin Luther 34, Greenville 20
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at Trinity (Texas) 41, Chapman 35
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at Loras 73, Buena Vista 34
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at Wartburg 30, Washington U. 20
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at Gustavus Adolphus 51, Hamline 7
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Augsburg 48, at Carleton 28
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at Bethel 64, St. Olaf 7
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at Luther 21, Dubuque 17
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at Central 52, Nebraska Wesleyan 27
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Simpson 38, at Coe 33
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Wheaton (Ill.) 40, at Elmhurst 15
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St. Norbert 66, at Grinnell 13
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at Knox 13, Ripon 6
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at MacMurray 32, Iowa Wesleyan 14
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 3
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Southwestern 37, at Louisiana College 34
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Monmouth 26, at Macalester 0
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at St. Thomas 20, St. John's 17
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at Springfield 42, WPI 10
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at Cornell 55, Beloit 36
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at Brockport 28, Utica 14
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at Hartwick 24, St. John Fisher 21
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at UW-La Crosse 41, Carroll 6
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at St. Scholastica 37, Minnesota-Morris 3
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at George Fox 44, UW-Eau Claire 0
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at Western Connecticut 37, Salve Regina 23
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at UW-Stevens Point 41, Adrian 28
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at Wesleyan 24, Tufts 17
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at Averett 35, Methodist 6
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at Berry 28, Centre 14
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at Case Western Reserve 56, Waynesburg 21
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at Grove City 24, St. Vincent 14
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at Illinois Wesleyan 18, North Park 0
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Texas Lutheran 7
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at UW-Platteville 56, Lakeland 22
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Carthage 55, at Augustana 14
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Chicago 28, at Illinois College 7
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at Sul Ross State 35, McMurry 7
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at Wilmington 37, Capital 30
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Lake Forest 42, at Lawrence 26
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at East Texas Baptist 79, Belhaven 40
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Arizona Christian 56, at Whittier 38
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Shenandoah at Randolph-Macon
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Delaware Valley at FDU-Florham
Sep. 23: All times Eastern
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at Delaware Valley 27, Stevenson 7
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Wesley 66, at William Paterson 0
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at Alfred 45, Rochester 7
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Johns Hopkins 41, at Dickinson 10
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Frostburg State 24, at Rowan 10
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at Heidelberg 47, John Carroll 21
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at Mount Union 55, Baldwin Wallace 7
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Wittenberg 48, at Kenyon 11
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at Wabash 25, Hiram 21
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Hardin-Simmons 63, at Howard Payne 3
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North Central (Ill.) 51, at Millikin 21
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Wheaton (Ill.) 40, at Elmhurst 15
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at St. Thomas 20, St. John's 17
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
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at Brockport 28, Utica 14
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at Case Western Reserve 56, Waynesburg 21
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at Illinois Wesleyan 18, North Park 0
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at UW-Platteville 56, Lakeland 22
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Texas Lutheran 7
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Sep. 29: All times Eastern
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Delaware Valley at FDU-Florham