Wittenberg’s DeShawn Sarley runs in practices on Wednesday in Springfield. David Jablonski/Staff

College football: Wittenberg routs Kenyon to reach 3-0

Tiffner catches two touchdown passes for Tigers

The No. 16 Wittenberg Tigers stayed unbeaten with a 48-11 victory over Kenyon on Saturday in Gambier.

The Tigers overcame an 8-0 deficit in the first quarter with two touchdown runs by quarterback Jake Kennedy, and the rout continued from there. Here’s a quick breakdown of the North Coast Athletic Conference game:

Top player: Kenton Ridge graduate Jeff Tiffner caught eight passes for 99 yards and scored two touchdowns.

Turning point: Kenyon opened the game with a 10-play, 76-yard touchdown drive. The Wittenberg offense then went three-and-out. On the second play of Kenyon’s second drive, Chandler Ferko intercepted Thomas Merkle. That set up Wittenberg with a short field, and Kennedy scored on an 8-yard run on the first play.

Key stat: Wittenberg rushed for 207 yards. DeShawn Sarley led the way with 81 yards on 12 carries. Kenyon rushed for negative 14 yards.

Big picture: The Tigers (3-0, 2-0) take a perfect record into a 7 p.m. home game next Saturday against Denison. The Big Red handed the Tigers their only regular-season loss last season, 24-21 in Granville. Denison (3-0, 2-0) beat Oberlin 45-17 on Saturday.

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