The Wittenberg Tigers bounced back from their first loss with a 42-13 victory Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, shutting out the Battling Bishops in the second half.
Wittenberg (8-1, 7-1) remains tied for first with Wabash, which beat the Tigers 28-21 in overtime last week, in the North Coast Athletic Conference with one game to play.
Wabash beat Allegheny 54-17 on Saturday. Denison, which will win the tiebreaker in the case of a three-way tie with Wittenberg and Wabash, needed to beat Wooster on Saturday night to keep pace.
Jake Kennedy threw touchdown passes to Jeff Tiffner and Sam Kayser in the first half as Wittenberg built a 14-13 halftime lead. Wittenberg stretched its lead to 21-13 on a 4-yard touchdown catch by Bryce Bailey on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Then the defense clinched the victory with a pair of interception returns for touchdowns by Troy Jones and Jonathan Seay.
Wittenberg has won 11 straight games against Ohio Wesleyan (3-6, 3-5) and leads the overall series 53-35-6. The series began in 1894.
The Tigers, who dropped from No. 8 to No. 20 in the American Football Coaches Association poll after the loss to Wabash, close the regular season at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Wooster.
Wittenberg has won nine straight games against Wooster. A victory would give Wittenberg at least a share of the NCAC title. It would be the sixth shared or outright championship for the program in the last seven years.
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