Jordan Patterson ran for two touchdowns and the Big Red scored 21 points in the third quarter en route to a 31-17 victory over the Wooster Fighting Scots from John P. Papp Stadium in Wooster, Ohio. With the victory, the Big Red have retained the Old Red Lantern for another year.
A back and forth first half saw the Fighting Scots take an early 3-0 lead via a 44-yard field goal. Following an interception returned by Ryan Zinkula, Denison tied the game on a 19-yard field goal by Conor Dunn early in the second quarter. Just before halftime, a Tommy Iammarino fumble was returned by Wooster's Stephen McKinney for a touchdown, giving the Scots a 10-3 halftime lead.
Denison came out of the locker room for the second half and immediately the momentum shifted in favor of the Big Red. Alex Mackin forced a fumble on the opening kickoff, which was recovered by Ashton Millet at the Wooster 35-yard line, giving the Big Red great field position. A few plays later, Jordan Patterson waltzed into the end zone for a four-yard score tying the game at 10-10.
The Big Red did not look back from there, adding two more touchdowns in the penultimate quarter. The first was a 73-yard pass from Iammarino to Dushawn Brown. It was Brown's longest reception of the season and the third-longest of his career. With 1:05 left in the quarter, Patterson scored for a second time, this time on a one-yard dive.
The Denison defense was too strong for the Scots and quarterback Gary Muntean. The sophomore was just 9-25 passing and had two passes intercepted, both by Zinkula. Wooster was just 2 of 15 on third down as the offense gained 103 yards. Anthony Sernus and Andrew Baird led the Big Red defense with eight tackles each.
Iammarino threw for 237 yards and two scores. Patterson led Denison's ground attack with 80 yards and two touchdowns. Dushawn Brown paced the receivers with 102 yards, marking his seventh consecutive game of at least 100 receiving yards.
The Big Red move to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play with the win. Wooster falls to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in NCAC play with the loss.
Denison will be back in action next Saturday, Oct. 3, when they travel to Delaware, Ohio, to take on the Battling Bishops of Ohio Wesleyan.
BACKGROUND BEHIND THE OLD RED LANTERN: The tradition began in 1989, when the two schools were commemorating the 100th anniversary of their first meeting on the football field (Nov. 23, 1889). The lantern represents the railroad light the teams used to travel by in their early meetings at the turn of the century. This marked the 84th meeting in the all-time series between DU and Wooster and the 21st time the two colleges have played for the lantern.