Oct. 28 – GRANVILLE, Ohio – The Hiram College football team dropped a 45-14 decision to Denison University on Saturday evening.
The loss moves the Terriers to 2-6 on the year (1-6 NCAC) with two games remaining on the conference schedule.
Hiram held the lead following the end of the first quarter, as the Terriers scored on their first two drives of the game.
After forcing Denison to punt on the opening possession, Hiram looked to senior Danny Robinson to once again lead the way. The feature back needed to touch the ball just twice, before taking a 49-yard scamper to the house to give Hiram a 7-0 advantage.
The touchdown run marked the fourth-consecutive week that Robinson has scored from at least 40-yards out, giving him seven scores on the year.
After the Big Red knotted the game on their next drive, the Terriers would once again respond, taking the lead back again.
Taking over at their own 20-yard line, the Terriers, and junior quarterback Randy Tucker, put together an eight-play, 80-yard drive that once again resulted in points.
The biggest play of the scoring drive came on a 43-yard pass from Tucker to junior Isaiah Jones. The reception was the longest of the halfback's career, and set up Hiram at the Denison 12. Two plays later, Tucker found the end zone with his feet, pushing the advantage to 14-7.
Unfortunately for the Terriers, their offensive success halted following the first quarter, as the Big Red outscored Hiram 38-0 over the final three stanzas.
After totaling 136 yards on their first two drives of the game, the Terriers managed just 184 over their final 52 plays as they were held to their lowest point total of the season.
The Big Red, meanwhile, rushed for 330 total yards en route to their 31-point victory, led by back Alex Minton, who finished with 173 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries.
Despite the outcome, Robinson remained the hot hand on the Hiram offense, going over the 100-yard mark for the fourth-straight game. The senior back has now amassed a career-high 936 yards and is just 64 shy of becoming Hiram's second-ever 1,000-yard back.
In addition, Robinson continued to close on the single-season Hiram rushing record of 1,046, currently held by Kris Geibel in 2001.
It is Robinson's ability for the big plays that make him a threat every time he touches the ball. To date, Robinson has totaled just 134 carries on the season, averaging nearly 7.0 yards per tote.
Defensively in the game, Eduardo Gonzalez led the way, totaling 15 tackles including eight solo stops. Jorge Valderrama also went over 10 tackles, while Glenn Rushing and Sirahn Fields each added nine.
Hiram will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 5 as they travel to Oberlin, Ohio to take on the Yeomen for their final road test of the season. The matchup is slated for 1 p.m.