Wooster retains lantern in victory over Big Red
Robert Flagg rushed for 140 yards and Richard Barnes threw for 179 yards and three touchdowns as The College of Wooster defeated the Denison Big Red, 38-28 in the 19th installment of the "Battle for the Old Red Lantern" from Deeds Field-Piper Stadium.
Wooster started the game strong when Girard Ogletree-Crawford returned the opening kickoff 92-yards for a touchdown and a 14-point third quarter by the Fighting Scots gave them a 31-7 lead heading into the final period.
In the fourth quarter the Denison offense came to life, scoring three times with a pair of touchdown passes coming from sophomore quarterback Max Paulus (Massillon, Ohio/Jackson) to junior wide receiver Braden Layer (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington). Denison cut the lead to 31-21 when Layer's hauled in a 4-yard TD pass from Paulus with 3:20 left in the game but the Fighting Scots put a stop to any Big Red comeback attempts when Flagg broke free for a 33-yard touchdown on the second play of their drive.
Denison back-up quarterback Lucas Gorton (Walnut Creek, Calif./Los Lomas) would orchestrate a 4-play 30-yard drive that was set up by a 59-yard kickoff return by Dan Crawford (Upper Arlington, Ohio/Upper Arlington). Gorton finished off the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. DU would attempt an onside kick but the Scots recovered and proceeded to run out the clock.
The Deinson offense edged the Scots in total offense 326-319 and were led by Crawford who rushed for over 100 yards for the fourth time in his career. Crawford finished the game with 19 carries for 104 yards and one touchdown. Paulus completed 25-of-44 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Two-weeks after his game-saving grab against Hiram, Layer was his favorite target, catching seven passes for 64 yards and two TD's. Lucas Graham (Zanesville, Ohio/Zanesville) finished with six catches for 50 yards.
Defensively, Wooster was led by senior standout Dan Terhune who posted six tackles and 2.5 sacks. Terhune entered the game leading the North Coast Athletic Conference in sacks with five. Cornerback, Ogletree-Crawford also had an outstanding game. Not only did he post 117 return yards and the game's first touchdown. He also made 10 tackles, had three pass break-ups along with one blocked punt.
The Denison defense was led by linebacker Charles Coleman (Belgrade, Mont./Manhattan) who finished with eight tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The Big Red fall to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in the NCAC with the loss. They will hit the road for a non-conference match-up with The University of Chicago next Saturday (Oct. 9) at 1 p.m. This marked the 19th time that Denison and Wooster have played for the "Old Red Lantern" since the traveling trophy game was installed in 1989. It started that year to commemorate 100-years of football between the two schools and the lantern was chosen to symbolize the trip by rail that the teams would make to play the games in the early 1900s.