The Setup: Denison and Hiram will meet for the 19th time on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Charles A. Henry Field in Hiram, Ohio. The Big Red is coming off a 27-10 win over Ohio Wesleyan to move to 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Terriers are 2-5 overall and 1-5 in the NCAC after a 28-21 loss to Wooster on Saturday. The Big Red leads the all-time series with Hiram, 17-1. Last year, Denison rolled to a 45-14 win over Hiram in Granville thanks to 173 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Alex Minton. Hiram's lone win over Denison came in 2014 when they took advantage of seven Denison turnovers to hold on for a 37-26 win at Henry Field.
How to Watch: The game will be streamed live through boxcast.tv available through hiramterriers.com. If you are planning on attending the game, Hiram College is located at 11715 Garfield Rd., Hiram, OH 44234. Admission is $5.
The Rankings: Denison enters the game listed in the "others receiving votes" column of the AFCA Division III Top-25 Coaches Poll after a 27-10 win over Ohio Wesleyan. Hiram is unranked.
Defensive Domination: The Big Red defense is extremely young, with just two senior starters on that side of the ball. After some early season growing pains, the Big Red is finding its groove, allowing just over 10.5 points a game during the current three-game winning streak. Against the Battling Bishops, the defense thrived, creating four turnovers, highlighted by first-year safety Ryan Hallinan's 63-yard interception return for a touchdown, marking the first pick-six since Joel Lohoua '17 took one to the house against the Battling Bishops on Sept. 27. 2014.
Stats, Stats, Stats: With a four-turnover performance out of the Big Red, it only makes sense that four players stood out. Junior defensive lineman Chase Struewing finished with nine tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery, while fellow junior defensive end Nate Keirn wreaked havoc with three tackles, three QB hurries, one half sack, and a blocked kick. The secondary had two underclassmen in sophomore Michael Flanagan recording one of three interceptions on the day, and first-year Ryan Hallinan adding eight tackles and his interception return for a touchdown.
Seeing Triple: For the third time this season Denison landed a player on the D3football.com Team of the Week. Ryan Hallinan was selected as the national Safety of the Week after his big game against Ohio Wesleyan. Hallinan leads the team in tackles with 45.
Pick Your Poison: Senior quarterback Canaan Gebele has climbed the record books all year to cement himself as one of the all-time greats in Denison football history. But this past Saturday belonged to junior running back Alex Minton as he was honored as North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his 32-carry, 226-yard rushing performance. The number two ranked offense in the conference has shown versatility all year with the most balanced offense in the conference with just over 1,600 yards on the season coming through the air and nearly 1,650 yards coming on the ground.
Senior Success: After wins over Wabash and DePauw earlier this season, the Class of 2019 has become the first class since 1987 to defeat every team in the conference over their four-year career. Looking to close out a phenomenal campaign, the Class of 2019 has not lost to any of the three teams remaining on the schedule this season.
NFL Ties: Did you know that from 1952 through 1974 Hiram College served as the training camp home of the Cleveland Browns? At Hiram, the likes of Jim Brown, Lou Groza, Paul Brown and Otto Graham prepared for a grueling season away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Cleveland. The Browns won the NFL Championship in 1954 and again in 1955, all while training at Hiram.