GREENCASTLE – The rebuilding of the DePauw football program has just begun for Bill Lynch, but he took a major step on Saturday afternoon.
After dropping his first four games upon his return to the Tigers as head coach in 2013, Lynch watched his team jump out to a fast start against Oberlin and pick up a 45-11 victory Saturday afternoon at Blackstock Stadium.
The win is the first for Lynch as a head coach since his triumph in his final game at Indiana, when his Hoosiers beat Purdue in the Old Oaken Bucket game 34-31.
Quarterback Matt Hunt completed 13-of-18 passes for 321 yards and three touchdowns and even had a rushing score in by far the best game of the season for DePauw. He had a touchdown pass and run in the first 30 minutes, when the Tigers took a 28-3 lead they would not relinquish.
Nikko Sansone led the team in rushing with 71 yards and opened the scoring with a 17-yard touchdown run. DePauw never trailed after.
The game was also significant because of the naming of the new field at Blackstock Stadium after longtime coach Nick Mourouzis. He was honored at halftime while being surrounded by nearly 100 former players who were in town for the event.
In his 23 years as head coach of the Tigers, Mourouzis compiled a school record 133 victories. He still serves as a volunteer assistant with the football team, working with kickers and punters.