Oct. 7 - HIRAM, Ohio - Despite a career-high 212 rushing yards from senior running back Danny Robinson, the Hiram College football team fell 59-17 to NCAC-leading Wittenberg University on Saturday afternoon.
The Terrier's feature back was on display through the entirety of the first half, en route to a career high 212 yards rushing. His total was the most against the Tigers since Mount Union's Chuck Moore went for 300+ in 2001.
Overall, the Terriers amassed 263 yards on the ground. Hiram became Wittenberg's first NCAC opponent since Wabash in 2011 to post over 200 yards rushing.
Defensively, the Tigers came into the game allowing under 90 rushing yards per game, while holding opponents to 9.3 points per game. The Hiram offense, led by Robinson and quarterback Rodney Myers Jr. not only posted 367 total yards, but scored the most points allowed by Wittenberg at the halfway point of the season.
Robinson opened the game with a bang, taking his first carry 75 yards to the house for his second touchdown of the season, giving the Terriers a quick, 7-0 advantage.
Wittenberg responded with a nine-play drive in which Tiger quarterback Jake Kennedy completed 4-of-5 passes. The final completion, a 13-yard pass to Liam Duncan, knotted the game at 7-7 with just three minutes gone in the game.
Two-plays later, Wittenberg's Keenan Wilson picked off Myers and returned the ball for a defensive score, pushing the visitor's advantage to 14-7.
The interception was the league-leading ninth for the Tigers on the season.
From there, Wittenberg would outscore Hiram 24-3 over the reminder of the half to take a 38-10 advantage into the break.
The Terriers posted 207 rushing yards in the first half against a Wittenberg defense that allowed just 82.5 yard per contest on the ground coming into this week.
Robinson was the tip of the spear with the rushing attack, totaling 193 yards, including carries of 88 and 75 yards through the first 30 minutes.
In the second half, Wittenberg blew the game open with 21 unanswered points in the third quarter, including a 71-yard touchdown pass from Kennedy to Duncan on the second play of the stanza.
Hiram posted one score in the fourth quarter, while holding the Tigers off the board. Myers threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Luther Fortson III, who made his fourth TD catch in the last two weeks, to round out the scoring at 59-17.
Defensively for Hiram, senior Dillon Walsh and sophomore Horace Johnson led the way. Walsh posted nine total tackles while picking off a pair of passes. The performance marked the senior's first-career multi-interception game.
Johnson also finished the game with six tackles, while making 2.5 for loss on the day.
Hiram will return to action on Oct. 14 as the Terriers travel to Gambier, Ohio to take on the Lords. The matchup is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start.