Wabash scored six rushing touchdowns and threw for three more in its 62-7 victory over Kenyon College Saturday afternoon at Byron P. Hollett Little Giant Stadium to open North Coast Athletic Conference play in 2017.
Eight different backs combined for 316 rushing yards on 53 attempts in the runaway victory. Senior Bobby Blum led the Little Giants with 70 yards and two touchdowns on eight attempts.
Sophomore quarterback Weston Murphy complete 15-of-20 pass attempts for a 201 yards and one score. Junior backup Austin Nightingale tossed two TDs in only two attempts and rushed for 65 yards in six tries. The duo threw to eight different receivers with junior Oliver Page leading the way with six receptions for 116 yards and one score.
The day got off to a rough start for the offense, fumbling the football away on the opening drive of the game. The Wabash special teams unit gave the Little Giants great field position on the subsequent drive when Artie Equiha recovered a bobbled snap on a Kenyon point. The turnover was one of three fumbles in the game by Kenyon (0-3, 0-2 NCAC) to eventually create 20 points for the Little Giants.
The Little Giants converted five of their remaining six drives of the first half into touchdowns to take a 34-0 lead at halftime. The first four possessions of the second half ended with Wabash in the end zone to push the lead to 62-0 before the Lords scored with 3:51 remaining in the contest.
Wabash pounded out 549 yards of total offense of 75 plays and held the football for 35:32 while holding Kenyon to 160 yards of offense on 54 plays. The Lords managed just 32 rushing yards in their 20 attempts and threw for 128 yards.
Freshman Ahmaud Hill, junior Jacob Helmer, and junior Ryan Walters each made six tackles to pace the Little Giants on defense. Equihua made four stops and recovered two fumbles. Luke Ksneniak scooped up the third Kenyon fumble.
“I was pleased,” Wabash head coach Don Morel said. “We cleaned up a number of mistakes we made in week one. I couldn’t be happier with what happened today. It was a great job by all the kids on the team. And I think our coaching staff did a super job this week pushing ahead to get better and not to just try and go out and beat Kenyon.
“Credit (offensive coordinator) Craig Knoche. He’s doing a great job with the offense. I think we’re still figuring out who and what we are. It was good to see all those different people touch the football today.”
Wabash (2-0, 1-0 NCAC) will play Hiram College Saturday, September 23 at 2 p.m. at Hollett Little Giant Stadium.