Nov. 11 – HIRAM, Ohio – In his final game as a member of the Hiram College football team, senior running back, Danny Robinson, etched his name into Terrier lore, setting the new program standard for rushing yards in a single season. Despite his efforts, as well as those of his fellow seniors, the Terriers dropped a 24-3 decision to visiting Ohio Wesleyan University.
Robinson came into this afternoon's matchup with the Battling Bishops needing just 37 yards to do something only one of Terrier has done in school history; rush for 1,000 yards.
Throughout the first half, it looked as though the Battling Bishops had the answer for the senior back, holding Robinson to just 32 yards.
However, on the team's first drive of the second half, Robinson took his first carry for 12 yards, becoming the second member of the 1,000-yard club. From there, he would look to track down the school record.
On Hiram's final drive of the third quarter, Robinson broke the single-season mark that had stood since 2001 with an eight-yard scamper. That rush gave the four-year back 1,050 on the year, breaking Kris Geibel's record of 1,046. The senior would go on to finish the game with 121 yards on the ground, finishing the year with a school record, 1,084 yards.
As for the game, outside of Robinson and fellow senior CJ Maner, the Terriers had a tough time getting the offense going as they were held to just three points and 286 yards of total offense. Robinson added 44 receiving yards to his totals to finish the day with 165 yards. Maner, meanwhile, finished his Terrier career with 64 yards, including 54 receiving.
On the other side of the ball, the Terrier defense also played well, holding the Battling Bishops to just 290 total yards.
The Bishops did the majority of their damage with a short field, scoring 17 points in the opening 30 minutes.
A 52-yard kickoff return on the game's opening play set the visitors with good field position. However, the Terrier defense held, forcing a 29-yard field-goal attempt. OWU converted on the kick, running out to a 3-0 advantage.
On the Terrier's first possession, an errant pass found its way into the hands of the Bishops, and OWU was once again in business on a short field at the Hiram 26. One play later, and the score ballooned to 10-0 on a 26-yard touchdown pass.
Wesleyan would add two more touchdowns, including one on a 47-yard fumble recovery for the only score in the second half. The Terriers would get their lone points on a 24-yard field goal from senior Sam Conway, rounding out the scoring at 24-3.
Defensively, Will Davis-Hereford was a bright spot for the Terriers, once again matched up with the opponents' top receiver. This week, Hereford drew the assignment of covering Hunter Baker, and held the wideout to just one catch for seven yards. The Battling Bishop receiver entered today's contest with 724 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. The Terrier defensive back won the matchup, knocking away three passes and hauling in his first-career interception.
Other defensive leaders for the Terriers included seniors Eduardo Gonzalez and RJ Nelson, who totaled nine and seven tackles, respectively. Horace Johnson, Glenn Rushing and Jorge Valderrama all tallied five stops, with Rushing forcing a fumble on the day.
Despite the struggles in the final game of the season, the Terrier offense was still one of the most prolific in school history, setting the new school standard with 4,210 total yards (421.0 per game). Junior Randy Tucker tied the school record for touchdown passes (17) while Robinson shattered the 16-yard old rushing mark.
Prior to the contest, 10 seniors were honored, including: Robinson, Maner, Nelson, Conway, Gonzalez, defensive back Dillon Walsh, linebacker Dallas Booth, offensive linemen Aaron Rataj and Jordan Everett, and tight end Mike Skizenta.