/seasons/2016/contrib/20160917lw4enc

Wabash Runs Past Allegheny 59-7

More news about: Wabash

The 13th-ranked Wabash College football team opened defense of its North Coast Athletic Conference championship by rushing for a school record 513 yards in a 59-7 win over visiting Allegheny College.

Led by sophomore Matt Penola's 128 yards and three touchdowns, five different players rushed for touchdowns, including senior Drake Christen's 65-yard jet sweep that pushed Wabash's lead to 24-0 mid-way through the second quarter.

The team rushing record came as a bit of a surprise after the graduation of All-American Mason Zurek, who set individual rushing records for most yards in a game, season, and career. 

"Setting a rushing record starts up front with the offensive line," Wabash head coach Don Morel said. "It was a super effort by all the guys on the offensive line. Some of those guys have been around, some of them are new, but they continue to gel every week.

"I thought we ran the ball well two weeks ago at Albion but today it really kind of came together" 

"We take an immense amount of pride in a record like that," starting offensive guard Kyle Stucker said. "This is really huge for us because there are some new guys on the offensive line. The line we had last year had been together for two years in row. We ran a lot of outside zone. We were lock step with each other the whole time. The young guys are eager to learn new things and to put in as much effort as possible. And I learn things from them even as a multi-year starter. When I'm working with them I'm learning at the same time."

Wabash's first touchdown came via the pass. Senior quarterback Connor Rice was sharp and efficient, hitting on 6-of-10 passes for 117 yards, including a 65-yard strike to sophomore Ryan Thomas that staked the Little Giants to an early lead.

Senior linebacker Connor Ludwig paced a smothering Wabash defense with six tackles, two sacks, and a fumble recovery that led to a Penola touchdown run.

Allegheny mustered only eight first downs (three via penalty) and just 107 yards of total offense. Sophomore Dallas Pitts and juniors Brient Hicks and Klay Fullenkamp each had sacks, and senior linebacker LV Bowden intercepted a pass to go with three tackles.

Pre-season All-American Ethan Buresh had two tackles for loss, as did sophomore Byshup Rhodes.

Wabash held Allegheny scoreless until the fourth quarter when quarterback Logan Lee scored from a yard out — long after the Little Giant starters had left the game. Wabash had shut out Allegheny for 15 straight quarters dating back four years prior to the Gators' score. Over that span, Wabash had outscored Allegheny 234-0.

Penola added a 12-yard touchdown run near the end of the first half to give Wabash a 31-0 lead, and scored on a 42-yard dash to open the second half before taking a seat on the sideline.

On the next offensive series, junior Tyler Downing took a handoff from Rice and ran 60 yards to make it 45-0 with 10:24 remaining in the third quarter. Junior Bobby Blum added to the blowout with a 42-yard run.

After Lee's touchdown run put Allegheny on the board — on a drive extended after a roughing the punter penalty — freshman Isaac Avant went 57 yards down the home sideline for the final score.

It was sophomore Austin Hoover who helped make history. His 47-yard run on Wabash's last possession pushed the Little Giants over the old single-game rushing record of 470 yards, which was set against Principia in 1975.

In addition to Penola's 128 yards, Wabash got 91 yards from Avant, 84 from Downing, 75 from Christen, and 57 from Hoover. Blum finished with 44 yards and sophomore backup quarterback Austin Nightengale scrambled for 24.

"Clearly we have great depth at the running back position, maybe more than most teams," Morel said.

Wabash also broke the single game record for highest average gain per rush. Ten players contributed to 58 carries and an average of 8.8 yards per rush. The previous record of 8.4 yards per carry was set at Allegheny three years ago.

The lopsided loss spoiled the return of B.J. Hammer, former Wabash All-American and defensive coordinator, who is now the head coach at Allegheny, and his linebackers' coach, A.J. Akinribade '15. 

"BJ and I coached together here at Wabash, but he's also a very good friend," Morel said. "And A.J. is a wonderful young man and will do great things in the coaching profession. But we all know once the whistle blows your focus is on the game."

Wabash will have its hands full next week when the Little Giants travel to NCAC power Wittenberg. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. in Springfield, OH.

Oct. 19: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
Martin Luther at Northwestern (Minn.)
Video Live stats
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Castleton
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Wilkes at Stevenson
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Hobart at RPI
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Coast Guard at MIT
Video Preview Live stats
12:00 PM
Norwich at Maine Maritime
Video Preview
12:00 PM
Juniata at Moravian
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Gallaudet at Dean
Video Live stats
12:00 PM
Endicott at Becker
Video Preview Live stats
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Montclair State
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Trinity (Texas)
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Gettysburg
Video Video Live stats
1:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Brevard
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Misericordia
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Union at St. Lawrence
Live stats Video
1:00 PM
Rochester at Ithaca
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Hamilton at Colby
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Bates at Middlebury
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Trinity (Conn.) at Bowdoin
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Springfield at Catholic
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Amherst at Wesleyan
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Plymouth State
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Anna Maria at Husson
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
TCNJ at Kean
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Thiel
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Salve Regina at Curry
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
King's at Albright
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Trine at Finlandia
Video
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Ursinus
Video Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Lebanon Valley
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
University of New England at Western New England
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
WPI at Merchant Marine
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Franklin and Marshall at Dickinson
Video Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
DePauw at Wittenberg
Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Shenandoah at Emory and Henry
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Luther at Nebraska Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Wabash
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Westminster (Pa.)
Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Guilford at Hampden-Sydney
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Bridgewater at Randolph-Macon
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Cortland at Hartwick
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Denison
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Buffalo State at Brockport
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Waynesburg at St. Vincent
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Salisbury at Southern Virginia
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Greensboro at Methodist
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Christopher Newport at William Paterson
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Albion at Adrian
Video Preview Live stats Audio Tickets
1:00 PM
Thomas More at St. Scholastica
Video Preview Live stats
1:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Lake Forest at Grinnell
Video Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Crown at Greenville
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Marietta at John Carroll
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Williams at Tufts
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Ohio Northern at Capital
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Wilmington
Video Preview Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Mount Union
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio Tickets
1:30 PM
Alvernia at Lycoming
Video Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Anderson at Rose-Hulman
Video Preview Live stats
1:30 PM
Earlham at Franklin
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Hanover at Manchester
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Defiance
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Alfred at Utica
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Framingham State at Westfield State
Preview
2:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. John Fisher
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Otterbein at Muskingum
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Millsaps at Berry
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
McDaniel at Muhlenberg
Video Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Alma at Kalamazoo
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Wesley at Rowan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hiram at Wooster
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Allegheny at Kenyon
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Augustana
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Eureka
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belhaven
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Hardin-Simmons
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Chicago at Beloit
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Concordia (Wis.)
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Aurora at Rockford
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Bethel
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at Gustavus Adolphus
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Dubuque at Buena Vista
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Carthage
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Macalester at Ripon
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-Whitewater
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Loras at Simpson
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Illinois College at Knox
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stout at UW-Stevens Point
Live stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Elmhurst
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at MacMurray
Live stats
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at UW-Platteville
Video Live stats Audio
2:10 PM
Carleton at St. Thomas
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:30 PM
Worcester State at Mass-Dartmouth
Video Preview Live stats
2:30 PM
Central at Wartburg
Video Live stats
2:30 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Oshkosh
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
Austin at Birmingham-Southern
Video Live stats
3:00 PM
Centre at Rhodes
3:00 PM
North Park at Carroll
Video Live stats
3:30 PM
Willamette at Pacific Lutheran
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Huntingdon at Averett
Video Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Ferrum
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Pacific
Video Video Live stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Redlands at La Verne
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Whitworth at Puget Sound
Video Preview Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Occidental
Video Live stats Audio
4:30 PM
Linfield at George Fox
Video Preview Live stats Audio
5:00 PM
Olivet at Hope
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Western Connecticut
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Howard Payne at Sul Ross State
Video Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Washington U.
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
7:00 PM
St. Norbert at Lawrence
Video
10:00 PM
Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer
Video Live stats
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Video Preview Live stats
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Montclair State
Video Live stats Audio
12:00 PM
Hobart at RPI
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Buffalo State at Brockport
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Trine at Finlandia
Video
1:00 PM
DePauw at Wittenberg
Preview Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson at Westminster (Pa.)
Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Lebanon Valley
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Johns Hopkins at Gettysburg
Video Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at Mount Union
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio Tickets
1:30 PM
Marietta at John Carroll
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Millsaps at Berry
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Wesley at Rowan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
McDaniel at Muhlenberg
Live stats Video Video Preview
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at Augustana
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Belhaven
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Hardin-Simmons
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at UW-Whitewater
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Carthage
Video Live stats Audio
2:10 PM
Carleton at St. Thomas
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:30 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Oshkosh
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Whitworth at Puget Sound
Video Preview Live stats Audio
4:30 PM
Linfield at George Fox
Video Preview Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Washington U.
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio