DePauw Wins Monon Bell Classicby Howard W. Hewitt • November 13, 2004 Share:
DePauw rode two first-half touchdowns to snap Wabash College’s three-game Monon Bell winning streak Saturday, 14-7, before a record crowd of 11,504.
The Tigers scored on their first possession when quarterback Ross Wiethoff raced in from 40 yards. But the biggest play of the game may have come midway in the second quarter when the Tigers picked off a Russ Harbaugh pass and returned the ball to the two. Jason Murphy put the visitors up 14-0 with a one-yard run.
"I believe that special teams and turnovers wins and loses games and often, in a really, really big game, it can come down to one thing, one special teams play, one turnover and gosh, it was a costly, costly turnover," said Wabash coach Chris Creighton.
The Little Giants’ defense stymied the Tigers the entire second half and threatened several times to tie the contest up. Wabash got within a touchdown with a bit of razzle-dazzle when running back Aaron Lafitte hit Harbaugh with a three-yard pass on the Little Giants’ first possession of the half.
Wabash was trying to win the Bell four straight years for the first time since 1979. With Saturday’s win, the series stands 51-51-9
In photo: Harbaugh catches three-yard pass for Wabash's only score.