The Setup: Denison is looking to end the 2019 season on a high note this Saturday (Nov. 16) when they host Kenyon College at 1 p.m. at Piper Stadium. The Big Red is seeking its third eight-win season in the last four years. This is the 71st meeting between Denison and Kenyon in football. Denison holds a commanding 45-23-2 record in the series. The Big Red brings a 13-game winning streak against Kenyon into the game. Last season, Denison defeated Kenyon 61-7 to clinch the program's first North Coast Athletic Conference championship since 1986.
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.
Minton-Mania: Alex Minton enters the final game of his Denison career looking to repeat as the NCAC's rushing champion. He leads the conference with 1,295 yards on the ground. He needs 223 yards rushing to break Clay Sampson's Denison single-season rushing record of 1,517 yards set in 1979. Minton has three 200-yard rushing games in his career. Last week, he rushed for a career-high 241 yards against Ohio Wesleyan. Last week he became the program's career leader in rushing touchdowns with 41, passing Denison Hall of Famer, Marv Smith '58.
Head Scratcher: In last week's 19-10 loss to Ohio Wesleyan the Denison defense held the Battling Bishops to -1 yards rushing on 27 attempts for the game. They also kept the OWU offense off the field. Ohio Wesleyan had the ball for only 20 of the game's 60 minutes. Interceptions, penalties and special teams' miscues proved to be the Big Red's demise. In the second half, OWU's 12 points came on a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a safety and a 22-yard field goal after a defensive stand on 1st and goal.
Crazy Eight: A victory over Kenyon would push Denison to the eight-win plateau for the third time in the last four years. There have been 10 seasons of eight-or-more wins in Denison football history. The only time it has happened three times in a four-year span was from 1983-86.
Breakthrough Campaign: Peyton Vining has a shot at becoming Denison's third 1,000-yard receiver in school history. He enters the game with 840 yards this season and a whopping 26.3 yards per catch average. He already ranks eighth in single-season receiving yards. Denison's last 1,000-yard receiving season came from Dushawn Brown in 2015 (1,008 yards).
Sack Dance: Senior defensive end Nate Keirn reached double figures in sacks for the second-straight season. He has 10.5 sacks this season and 35 sacks in his career. Both are program records.
Total Package: Alex Minton is the fourth player at Denison to surpass 4,000 yards of total offense. He has 4,174 yards entering this week's game. He needs 88 yards to move past Dushawn Brown into third place. Sam Fioroni (2009-12) is the all-time leader with 4,675 yards.
Trending Upward: Sophomore quarterback Drew Dawkins has passed for 1,753 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first season as the starter. He has also added 361 yards rushing. Dawkins needs 247 yards passing to post the 12th 2,000+ yard passing season at Denison.
Suffocating: The Denison defense is holding opponents to 260.4 yards per game which ranks 15th in Division III. The rushing numbers are even more impressive as the defense is holding teams to just 87 yards per game on the ground, to rank 20th in D-III.
No Control: Denison may not control its own destiny in terms of a possible share of the North Coast Athletic Conference championship, but it's not out of the realm of possibilities. Denison needs a win over Kenyon combined with a Wabash loss to DePauw in the 126th Monon Bell game to force a three-way tie with the winner of the Wittenberg-Ohio Wesleyan game, Denison and the Little Giants.
Senior Day: Denison will say goodbye to 26-member senior class that is comprised of Matt Ambrosino, Neal Austria, Benton Bair, Brad Baldinger, Alex Balogh, Brendan Boyle, Will Brady, Rodger Brown, Ben Cross, Harrison Hartong, Nate Keirn, Dara Laja, Jordan Lobel, Sam Looker, Mitch Marston, Parker McDaniel, Alex Minton, Calvin Montgomery, Preston Ott, Will Poffenberger, Michael Rauen, Jarod Scheff, Chase Struewing, Eric Trenz, Andrew Zellers, and Frank Zoltan.