The Setup: Denison will host Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. in what will be the Big Red's second-to-last home game of the season. Denison is riding a five-game winning streak against the Battling Bishops that dates back to 2012. Current Denison wide receivers coach Mason Espinosa quarterbacked OWU to their last win over Denison on Sept. 8, 2012. He passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns in the eight-point win. Despite the recent domination by the Big Red, each of the last six games has been decided by 11 points or less.
All-Time Series: This is the 110th meeting between Denison and Ohio Wesleyan. The Big Red has more games against OWU than any other institution in the history of the program. OWU holds a 65-37-7 advantage in the all-time series. Last year, Denison scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to leave Delaware with a 31-20 win. The Big Red defense held the Battling Bishops to just 247 yards of total offense.
How to Watch: The Denison Sports Network will provide a free HD live stream of the game beginning at 12:45 p.m. Curt Ashcraft (play-by-play) and Adam Stewart '03 (color) will call the action. You can watch live through your computer or mobile device, or you can download the free Denison Sports Network app on the Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire or Android TV streaming devices. The gates to Piper Stadium will open at 11:30. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens.
The Rankings: Denison is listed in the "others receiving votes" section of the AFCA Division III Top-25 coaches poll. They are unranked in the D3football.com top-25. At 2-4, Ohio Wesleyan is unranked in both polls.
The Coaches: Denison head coach Jack Hatem is in his ninth season leading the Big Red. He boasts a career record of 52-34 (.605). He was named the NCAC Coach of the Year in 2016 after leading Denison to an 8-2 record. Tom Watts is in his seventh season leading Ohio Wesleyan. The 2012 NCAC Coach of the Year has guided the Battling Bishops to a 38-28 (.594) record.
Looking Back: Denison scored the last 20 points of the game in last week's 20-12 victory at DePauw. The defense held the Tigers to just four first half field goals. In Denison's go-ahead drive, Canaan Gebele went to senior wide receiver David Weimar on four consecutive passing plays that covered 18, 12, 20 and 7 yards. On 1st and Goal from the DePauw 10-yard line, Gebele gave Denison its first lead on a 10-yard pass to Weimar.
Making an impact: Junior punter Calvin Montgomery had a major impact on the Big Red's win in Greencastle. He averaged 45 yards per punt on five punts while pinning the Tigers inside their own 20-yard line, three times. He was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week for his efforts. Montgomery is the second D3football.com Team of the Week recipient from Denison in 2018. The offensive line was recognized after the 4OT loss to Wittenberg.
No More Disco: Denison senior quarterback Canaan Gebele has broken more records than Detroit's fabled Disco Demolition Night in 1979. He passed Max Paulus '13 as the all-time leading passer in the victory over Wabash and against DePauw, he became the career leader in touchdown passes with 55. He also became the first DU quarterback to surpass 2,000 yards rushing.
Hitting the Home Stretch: Denison has four games remaining against Ohio Wesleyan, Hiram, Wooster, and Kenyon. Over the last five seasons, Denison has gone 18-2 against them. The only losses were to Hiram (37-26, 2014) and Wooster (43-21, 2013).