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Terriers Drop Conference Road Test at DePauw

Terriers Drop Conference Road Test at DePauw

The Hiram College football team suffered a 45-7 setback at the hands of DePauw University on Saturday afternoon.

The opening half was controlled by the Tigers, as Hiram totaled just 68 yards of offense on five possessions through the opening two quarters.

After punting on their first drive, DePauw capitalized on an interception on their own 25-yard line. Despite the Terrier defense holding strong on the Tigers' possession, the drive ended with three, giving DePauw the lead.

Trailing 10-0 at the start of the second quarter, the Terriers were held to just to possessions in the frame. The first ended on a punt following a nine play drive, while the second was grinded to a halt on downs after 10 plays.

DePauw added a second-quarter touchdown at the end of a 10-play, 85-yard drive, which gave the hosts a 17-0 lead at the break.

After scores on the next to Tiger possessions in the second half, Hiram got themselves on the board in the third quarter thanks to a 12-yard touchdown pass from Randy Tucker to DJ Franklin. The score marked the third-straight week in which Franklin has found the end zone.

Over the final quarter, the home team tallied two more scores, rounding out the total at 45-7.

Offensively, the Terriers were outgained 422-196. Tucker threw for 133 yards and a score, while Terrell Crawford led the ground game with seven carries for 33 yards.

Defensively, linebacker Jorge Valderrama tallied 12 tackles, while senior Chris Chester posted 10, including 1.5 for loss. Quentin Anderson, Horace Johnson and Tyler Swearingen all added eight, each.

Hiram will take a week off next week before returning home to face Allegheny College on Sept. 29. Hiram's annual homecoming game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. kickoff.