DePauw Wins Monon Bell Classic
by Howard W. Hewitt
November 13, 2004
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.
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