The Setup: Denison and DePauw will meet for the 13th time on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. at Deeds Field-Piper Stadium in Granville, Ohio. Denison is coming off a 24-14 win over Wittenberg while DePauw squeaked out an 8-6 victory over Allegheny in Greencastle, last week. The all-time series is deadlocked at 6-6. Last year, Denison held off the Tigers for a 20-12 win at Blackstock Stadium.
How to Watch: Denison University will provide a live video stream of Saturday's game through Stretch Internet. Joey Semel (play-by-play) and Jack White (color) will provide commentary. 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. To download the free app, just search "Denison" in the app store of your streaming device or Smart TV. The gates to Piper Stadium will open 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and senior citizens.
Think Pink: This is the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game for Denison. A number of Big Red players will be wearing pink to support the cause. Donations will be taken at the gate with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the fight against Breast Cancer.
Another Milestone: Denison's 24-14 win over Wittenberg last Saturday marked the Big Red's first victory over the Tigers in Springfield since 1952, snapping a 20-game road losing streak against Wittenberg. Denison is in a three-way tie for first place in the NCAC with Wabash and Ohio Wesleyan who are both 6-1.
The Coaches: DePauw is coached by Bill Lynch in his eighth year leading the Tigers. He boasts a 47-23 record in Greencastle. Denison is led by Jack Hatem in his 10th season. He has a career record of 62-36 and was the NCAC Coach of the Year in 2016.
Player of the Week: Alex Minton was named the NCAC Offensive Player of the Week after his 37-carry 198-yard performance against Wittenberg. Minton has 903 yards rushing and ranks 11th in Division III. Last week he tied former teammate Canaan Gebele for second place with his 38th career rushing touchdown. He needs three rushing TDs to become the all-time leader. He also moved into fourth in career rushing yards and checks into Saturday's game with 3,272 yards.
Heat Seeker: Senior defensive end Nate Keirn has had at least one-half sack in five-straight games. He leads the NCAC with 7.5 sacks and is the program's all-time leader in sacks with 32.
Smart Guys: Five members of the Denison football team were nominated for the CoSIDA Academic All-America honor this week. The nominees were Alex Balogh, Ben Cross, Alex Minton, Brendan Boyle, and Andrew Zellers. Last year, Zellers and Cross were first-team Academic All-District selections and Cross went on to earn first-team Academic All-America honors. The Academic All-District teams will be announced on Nov. 14.
PAT Kramer: In his third year as the team's starting placekicker, Pat Kramer recently became the program's all-time leader in PAT's with 127. Kramer has connected on 93 percent of his extra-point attempts since 2017. He is also 22-of-27 on field goal attempts with a career-long of 43 yards set last season. Kramer is on the watch list for the Fred Mitchell Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate placekicker among more than 750 non-FBS football teams.
Money Down: Denison ranks 11th in the nation in 3rd down conversion percentage at 52.2 percent. Conversely, the Big Red defense ranks fourth in D-III in 4th down conversion defense at 18.2 percent.
Leading Man: Junior wide receiver Peyton Vining leads the nation in yards per catch at 28.12. Against Wittenberg, the Big Red completed only four passes while being faced with some difficult weather conditions. Vining had one catch and made it count, going 81 yards for the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. Vining leads the NCAC in receiving yards with 675 on 24 catches.
Milk it: Denison leads the NCAC and ranks 14th in Division III in time of possession at 34 minutes per game.
Defensive effort: In last year's 20-12 victory over DePauw, the Big Red defense held the Tigers to four field goals and only 251 yards of total offense. Denison scored the final 20 points of the game and got touchdowns from David Weimar and Hunter Biddle in the final three minutes of the game to pull out the win and preserve their conference title hopes.
Up Next: Denison travels to Delaware, Ohio for a 1 p.m. kickoff against Ohio Wesleyan.