The Matchup: Denison and Allegheny are meeting for the 31st time on Saturday afternoon at Frank B. Fuhrer Field. The Gators lead the all-time series 22-8 but Denison has controlled the series of late, winning the last four contests by a combined score of 144-63. Last year in Granville, Denison defeated Allegheny 42-28 behind 277 passing yards and three touchdowns by senior Tommy Iammarino.
How to Watch: Allegheny College will provide a live video stream of the game beginning at 2:45 p.m. The game can be watched online at: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/allegheny/
Scouting the Big Red: Denison is 1-0 and is well rested after their untimely bye in Week 2. In the opener, DU stormed back from a 14-0 deficit to defeat Southwestern (Texas) 49-31. Denison outscored the Pirates 49-17 over the final three quarters to wrap-up the non-conference victory on their home turf at Piper Stadium. Denison is coming off an 8-2 season in 2016.
Scouting the Gators: Allegheny is 1-1 and is coming off a 49-25 loss to the College of Wooster last Saturday in Meadville. The Gators opened the season with a 38-6 victory over Thiel College. Allegheny quarterback Logan Lee is averaging 260 yards passing per game and is ranked third in the NCAC in passing efficiency. Allegheny is coming off a 1-9 season in 2016.
Coaching Matchup: Denison head coach Jack Hatem is in his eighth year at Denison and has compiled a 42-29 record as head coach. He ranks third in career victories at Denison, trailing only Walter Livingston (76 wins in 16 season) and Keith Piper (200 wins in 39 season). B.J. Hammer is back for his second season as the head coach at Allegheny. Hammer was a two-time All-American at Wabash College and prior to taking the top spot with the Gators, he was the defensive coordinator for the Little Giants for five seasons.
Loaded Backfield: Denison has options at running back and they start with junior tailback Cody Farley who rushed for 83 yards on eight carries against Southwestern. Junior Alex Minton debuted with 10 carries for 95 yards and senior Joshua Shackleford had one carry for 18 yards. Minton spent the last two seasons playing football at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Farley led the team in rushing in 2016 with 588 yards and has 842 yards rushing in his career.
Optimus R-P-O: Junior starting quarterback Canaan Gebele picked up right where he left off in 2016 against Southwestern. The run-pass threat totaled 342 yards of total offense, passing for 196 and one touchdown while rushing for 146 yards and four touchdowns. His four rushing TDs tied a Denison varsity record that has stood since 1966. Through week two, Gebele leads the nation in scoring at 24.0 points per game.
Grind it out: As a team, Denison rushed for 339 yards on the ground, marking the highest single-game rushing total since 2008.
Blue's not your Color: There are some familiar faces across the sideline from the Big Red this week. Former Denison standouts Braden Layer '12 and Matt Cochran '14 are assistant coaches for the Gators. Layer ranks sixth in career receiving yards at Denison with 1,613. He was a first-team All-NCAC selection in 2012 and was an Academic All-America selection. Cochran was a four-year starter at left tackle and was a two-time All-NCAC honoree.
Big Hitter: Denison senior linebacker Hayden Hatten was featured in this Tuesday's edition of the Columbus Dispatch in the Central Ohio Watch by Mark Znidar. The feature detailed Hatten's decision to transfer from Division II Saginaw Valley State to Denison University last year. Hatten is in his second year as a starter for the Big Red. He had 73 tackles and 6 ½ sacks as a junior.
Up Next: The Big Red returns to Piper Stadium on Sept. 23 to face Oberlin College at 1 p.m. The Yeomen are off to a 2-0 start after wins over Kalamazoo and Kenyon. Oberlin will face Wittenberg this Saturday in Springfield, Ohio.