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Spartans jump out to 41-0 lead against Yeomen, improve to 3-0

Nick Spring

Issue date: 9/25/09 Section: Football
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The Spartans took the field Saturday under the lights for the first time since the 2007 season. The team played host to Oberlin College, who, as the student section T-shirts proudly displayed, hasn't been able to defeat Case since 1983. After a first-series blunder that resulted in a turnover, the Spartans scored touchdowns on five consecutive drives and six out of seven drives in the first half.

The fireworks after the game were great, but if you missed the first half of the game you missed the best part of the show. The Spartans aerial attack was in full assault mode targeting the Oberlin secondary. Quarterback Dan Whalen only played in the first half, but in that half he racked up some impressive statistics. Whalen completed 20 out of 26 of his passes for 317 yards. Of his 20 completions, six went for touchdowns. And the best part of the Spartan Air Show? Everybody was involved.

The six touchdowns were spread amongst six players. The players on the receiving end of the touchdowns, in chronological order, were: Corey Checkan, Bryce Coleman, Zach Homyk, Ryan Kolesar, Shaun Nicely, and Tim Cowdrick.

The diversity in the stat book speaks to the depth the Spartans possess on offense.

"We have everyone returning from last year at the receiver, running back, and tight end position. We're so deep that any way a defense tries to stop us, we still have the weapons to beat them," said Nicely.

Of the group, Cowdrick finished the day with the best stats, reeling in seven catches for a total of 99 yards, 42 of which came on a last-second Hail Mary to put the Spartans up 41-0 to end the half.

Both teams spend most of the second half killing the clock, resulting in a final score of 41-6. Although the Spartan defense couldn't hold onto the shut out, they played a good brand of defense overall. The D-Unit only gave up a net of 226 yards, 159 on the ground and only 67 through the air.
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