Hiram narrowly falls on road to Denison 17-12
One week from snapping an 18-game losing streak, the Hiram College football team very nearly strung together back-to-back wins.
The Terriers eventually lost on the road to Denison University 17-12 in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Hiram (1-1, 0-1 NCAC) struck first on a 23-yard pass play from senior Robert Partridge to fellow senior Brendon James with 3:37 left in the first quarter to take the early 7-0 lead.
In the second quarter, Denison (2-0, 1-0 NCAC) scored the first points of what would become 17 unanswered when they reached the end zone on a 22-yard pass that closed out an eight-play, 71-yard drive. Denison went on to add a 31-yard field goal to break the tie and capture a 10-7 lead at halftime.
Denison completed its scoring run in the third quarter with the period's only touchdown on a 22-yard scamper at the 5:31 mark to increase the lead to 17-7 heading into the final frame.
Hiram began a rally of its own in the final quarter thanks to a 29-yard field goal by junior Greg Klisuric with 2:25 left in the game. Following the Klisuric field goal, Denison began its ensuing drive on its own eight yard line. The Hiram defense forced the Big Red to two negative rushing plays that resulted in a safety narrowing the gap to 17-12 with 2:08 to go. Hiram got the ball back following the Denison free kick, but the Terriers would go four-and-out on the drive allowing Denison to hang on for the 17-12 victory.