GRANVILLE, Ohio-- Denison's recent dominance over Allegheny continued on Saturday as the Big Red rolled to a 42-0 victory over the Gators from Piper Stadium. It was the first shutout since a 45-0 win over Oberlin on Sept. 19, 2015. It also runs Denison's current winning streak versus Allegheny to five (dating back to 2011). Over that five-year span, Denison has outscored Allegheny 248-89.
The Big Red offense got things going on its first play from scrimmage as Canaan Gebele connected with Malik Webster on a 28-yard reception. A heavy dose of tailback Alex Minton and Gebele on the ground put DU into the red zone where Minton finished the drive off with a 1-yard plunge behind a full-house backfield.
Late in the first, Denison took over on its own 35-yard line after a 42-yard punt by Allegheny's Cody Wendt. On the first play of the drive, junior tailback Dara Laja scampered 70 yards for the score. It was the longest rushing touchdown since Gebele went for 79 yards last year against the Gators. For Laja, it marked the first TD of his career.
Denison held its 14-0 lead until late in the second quarter. After forcing the Gators to punt for the seventh time in the first half, Gebele completed a swing pass to Minton on third-and-seven that went for 48 yards all the way to the Gator two-yard line. Minton finished things off on the next play to go up 21-0 heading into halftime.
DU scored three times in the third quarter on another TD pass from Gebele to Weimar, this time from 14-yards. Gebele hit Cody Farley on a broken coverage play for a 37-yard scoring strike and Gebele called his own number on a 16-yard run with 3:59 left in the third.
Gebele passed for 206 yards and two touchdown passes while going 9-of-12. He also added 50 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
Minton finished with 14 carries for 68 yards and two touchdowns while Laja led the rushing attack with 84 yards on six carries. First-year quarterback Drew Dawkins ran the ball five times for 43 yards.
Webster led the DU receivers with three receptions for 76 yards. Weimar also caught three passes for 33 yards and a touchdown.
Allegheny's Alex Victor entered the day as Division III's leader in receiving yardage this season with 444 yards in two games. After a 19-yard reception in the first quarter, Victor left the game with an injury and did not return.
Tyler Balla finished with 73 yards rushing and Logan Lee was 11-of-28 for 119 yards. The Denison defense was relentless, sacking Lee four times. The Gators had only one legitimate scoring chance all afternoon, midway through the fourth quarter, but a pass attempt by Lee fell incomplete on fourth down.
In his first career start, safety Ryan Hallinan finished with eight tackles. Dallas Griffiths and Nate Keirn followed with six stops apiece. Keirn gave Lee fits all day as posted one sack, two tackles-for-loss and two QB hurries.
Denison outgained Allegheny 554-203 while limiting the Gators to just 3.4 yards per play.
The Big Red moves to 1-1 overall while Allegheny drops to 1-2. Denison returns to action next Saturday when they travel to Oberlin College for a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Yeomen.