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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
Final
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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3rd - 9:59
42 Franklin
16 Bluffton
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3rd - 10:07
21 Anderson
57 Hanover
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Mount St. Joseph 31, at Manchester 14
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2:00 PM
Worcester State at Westfield State
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4th - 05:29
13 Coast Guard
9 Norwich
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4th - 03:10
29 Bridgewater State
31 Fitchburg State
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3rd - 11:10
28 Wittenberg
11 Kenyon
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13:50 4th Qtr
21 Hiram
22 Wabash
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41 North Central (Ill.)
7 Millikin
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4th - 3:19
13 Sewanee
17 Millsaps
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4th - 06:01
9 Birmingham-Southern
35 Rhodes
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2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
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2:00 PM
Greenville at Martin Luther
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2:53 4th Q
35 Chapman
28 Trinity (Texas)
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2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Loras
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3:00 4th
20 Washington U.
30 Wartburg
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4th - 9:17
7 Hamline
51 Gustavus Adolphus
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4th - 14:12
48 Augsburg
27 Carleton
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3:19 4TH
7 St. Olaf
64 Bethel
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2:00 PM
Dubuque at Luther
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14:40 4th Q
20 Nebraska Wesleyan
45 Central
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4th - 9:10
31 Simpson
27 Coe
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3rd - 7:55
19 Wheaton (Ill.)
8 Elmhurst
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2:00 PM
St. Norbert at Grinnell
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2:00 PM
Ripon at Knox
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2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
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4th - 3:30
51 Hardin-Simmons
3 Howard Payne
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2:00 PM
Southwestern at Louisiana College
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2:00 PM
Monmouth at Macalester
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4th - 09:14
10 St. John's
20 St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
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4th - 06:44
10 WPI
42 Springfield
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3:00 PM
Beloit at Cornell
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4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
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4:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Hartwick
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4:00 PM
Carroll at UW-La Crosse
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2nd - 14:32
0 Minnesota-Morris
17 St. Scholastica
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4:30 PM
UW-Eau Claire at George Fox
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5:00 PM
Salve Regina at Western Connecticut
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5:00 PM
Adrian at UW-Stevens Point
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6:00 PM
Tufts at Wesleyan
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6:00 PM
Methodist at Averett
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6:00 PM
Centre at Berry
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7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
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7:00 PM
St. Vincent at Grove City
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7:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
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7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
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7:00 PM
Carthage at Augustana
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7:00 PM
Chicago at Illinois College
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7:00 PM
McMurry at Sul Ross State
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7:30 PM
Capital at Wilmington
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8:00 PM
Lake Forest at Lawrence
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8:00 PM
Belhaven at East Texas Baptist
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Arizona Christian at Whittier
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Sep. 23: All times Eastern
Final
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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3rd - 11:10
28 Wittenberg
11 Kenyon
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13:50 4th Qtr
21 Hiram
22 Wabash
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4th - 3:30
51 Hardin-Simmons
3 Howard Payne
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41 North Central (Ill.)
7 Millikin
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3rd - 7:55
19 Wheaton (Ill.)
8 Elmhurst
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4th - 09:23
10 St. John's
20 St. Thomas
@ Target Field, Minneapolis
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4:00 PM
Utica at Brockport
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7:00 PM
Waynesburg at Case Western Reserve
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7:00 PM
North Park at Illinois Wesleyan
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7:00 PM
Lakeland at UW-Platteville
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7:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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