The Setup: Denison and Oberlin will clash on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. from the Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex in Oberlin, Ohio. Denison is 1-1 and is coming off a 42-0 win over Allegheny last Saturday. Oberlin is 1-2 and is coming off a 45-14 loss to No. 14 Wittenberg.
The Series: This is the 74th meeting between Denison and Oberlin. The series dates to the first meeting in 1923 when the two teams played to a 6-6 tie. Two years earlier, Oberlin defeated Ohio State, 7-6, and they remain the last team from the state of Ohio to defeat the Buckeyes on the gridiron. Denison leads the all-time series with Oberlin, 53-17-3 and has won five-straight against the Yeomen. Last year, Canaan Gebele set a new single-game record with six touchdown passes while leading Denison to a 45-17 win.
How to Watch: Oberlin College will provide a live video stream of Saturday's game through Stretch Internet. The game will be accessible on all computer, mobile and tablet devices in addition to the Denison Sports Network app available on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire and Android TV streaming devices.
The Coaches: Denison's Jack Hatem is in his ninth season as the head coach of the Big Red. He has a career record of 49-33 (.598) and is 6-2 in his career against Oberlin. Hatem is third in career wins at Denison, trailing only Walter Livingston (76 wins) and Keith Piper (200 wins). Oberlin head coach Jay Anderson is in his fifth season with the Yeomen. He has a career record of 10-33 (.233). Anderson is a native of Oberlin, Ohio and was a four-year starter at Toledo. Prior to landing Oberlin's head coaching job, he served as the Yeomen's defensive coordinator in 2013.
Iggy Assassin: Cleveland St. Ignatius product Nate Keirn was named the NCAC Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Big Red to its first shutout win since 2015, last week against Allegheny. Keirn had six tackles (4 solo, 2 assisted), 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles-for-loss. The defense held the high-powered Gator offense to just 203 total yards and they reached the Denison red zone one time.
Movin' up the Charts: Denison senior quarterback Canaan Gebele is inching closer to becoming the program's career leader in passing yards. He enters Saturday's game ranked third at DU with 5,848 yards. He needs 593 yards to move past Greg Neuendorf and into second place. He needs only 698 yards to pass Max Paulus as the career leader. Last season, he became the program's all-time leader in total offense, surpassing Chris Spriggs total of 7,047 yards. Gebele has totaled 7,759 yards of total offense in 29 career games (267 ypg).
Legatron: First-year kickoff specialist Thomas Gelorme has raised eyebrows through the first two games of the season. On 10 kickoffs, Gelorme is averaging 62.0 yards per kickoff and has netted three touchbacks. Denison has yet to attempt a field goal but sophomore Pat Kramer is 9-for-9 on PATs.
Number called: Junior running back Dara Laja went 70-yards untouched on his first carry of the game against Allegheny. That was the longest TD run since Gebele went 79-yards for a score last season against the Gators.
Big Red = Big Plays: Since 2015, Denison has had 18 plays of over 50 yards and Gebele has been involved in 11 of those.
Conference Rank: Denison is ranked second in the NCAC in total offense (467.0 ypg) but Oberlin is third at 384.3 ypg. DU also boasts the second-ranked rushing attack.
Recent History: Denison's last loss to Oberlin occurred in 2012 by a final score of 30-6 at the Yeomen's former home, Savage Stadium. Oberlin QB Josh Mandel threw for 275 yards with 222 of those yards going to big-play wide receiver Robin Witjes. He finished with 12 catches and two touchdowns. Denison has fared well against the Yeomen of late. Since the formation of the North Coast Athletic Conference in 1984, Denison is 22-9 against Oberlin.