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Terrier Football Stumbles at Oberlin

Terrier Football Stumbles at Oberlin

Nov. 4 - OBERLIN, Ohio - Held to just 14 points for the second-consecutive week, the Hiram College football team dropped a 27-14 decision to Oberlin College on Saturday afternoon. 

After the Yeomen opened the scoring with a field goal, Hiram responded with an eight-play 75-yard drive to take a 7-3 advantage. Senior CJ Maner was the catalyst in the drive, catching four passes for 51 yards, including a 21-yard TD catch from Randy Tucker

The reception was Maner's third, while Tucker connected on his 17th touchdown pass of the season. 

Oberlin responded to Hiram's score by rattling off 24-straight points. The Yeomen's first score was set up by a short punt which gave the hosts possession at the 39-yard line. 

The Yeomen needed just one play to score the go-ahead touchdown, getting a 39-yard run. They would also add another field goal before the half, holding a 13-7 advantage at the break. 

Despite holding the Yeomen to just 125 total yards of offense in the opening 30 minutes, the Terriers still trailed by six at halftime. 

Oberlin added two more scores in the third quarter to push the lead to 27-7. 

Hiram would tally their final score of the game in the fourth quarter, capping an eight-play, 83-yard drive with a four-yard touchdown run by Tucker. The big play of the drive came on a double-pass play as Tahj Lorthridge hit DJ Franklin for 47 yards. 

Despite holding the Yeomen off the scoreboard over the remainder of the game, the Terriers had just one other possession in the fourth quarter, and could pull no closer than the 27-14 final. 

Offensively, Tucker finished with 290 yards of total offense, throwing for 223 yards and leading the Terriers with 67 yards on the ground. 

Maner led the receiving corps with 99 yards on nine catches, while Franklin added 97 yards, averaging 19.4 yards per catch. 

Defensively, Glenn Rushing paced the team with 10 tackles and a pair of pass breakups. Chris Biddy recovered a fumble that was forced by Jorge Valderrama and both players finished with five total tackles. 

The Terriers will finish the 2017 season as they take on Ohio Wesleyan University for the final home game of the year. The day will also serve as senior day for 10 Terriers who will be competing in their final game at Charles A. Henry Field. The matchup is scheduled for 1 p.m.