Rich Nagy

Allegheny coach Rich Nagy walks the sidelines during a game recently. Nagy will lead the Gators onto Frank B. Fuhrer Field today at 6 p.m. for a North Coast Athletic Conference football game against Denison.

Allegheny returns home to the friendly convinces of Frank B. Fuhrer Field today to face North Coast Athletic Conference foe Denison under the lights.

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

The Gators are coming off a 28-10 loss to Ohio Wesleyan. Despite the loss, the Gators did some outstanding things.

Alex Victor, for one, became Allegheny’s all-time career leader in receptions with his 12-catch, 88-yard performance against the Battling Bishops. Victor now has 169 catches, surpassing the previous mark of 167 set by Jon Turner in 2003. The senior now holds records for single season receiving yards (1,037 yards set in 2017) and most receiving TDs in a season (15, also set in 2017) as well as career marks in receiving yards and touchdowns (2,611 yards and 30 TDs).

Allegheny also saw Nick Leinenweber connect on the first field goal of his career — a 32-yarder with three seconds left in the first half to put the Gators on the board. The Gators trailed 14-3 at intermission.

But the Gators struggled to move the ball otherwise. Trey Adams led the Gators’ ground game with 39 yards on nine carries. Quarterback Nazareth Greer (78 of 134, 863 yards, seven touchdowns) saw his streak of 300-yard passing games snapped as he threw for 197 yards on 20 completions.

It was Allegheny’s defense that kept the Gators (0-3, 0-2 NCAC) in the game.

Kyle McGee led all players with 12 tackles (including two for loss. Corey Laskey had 10 tackles. Hudson Alread was third on the team with eight stops and Chase Balla had six tackles, including a pair for loss. Quinten Hunt recorded five tackles, forced a fumble and blocked a kick, while Jake Fedell recovered a fumble.

The Gators are averaging 19.7 points per game, while allowing 42.7 per outing. Allegheny is also averaging just 63 yards rushing, while surrendering 222.7 per game.

Improving those averages won’t get any easier against the Big Red. Denison fell to Wabash (34-20) last week. Before that loss the Denison had outscored its opponents 108-20 in a pair of wins.

The Big Red (2-1, 1-1 NCAC) are averaging 458 yards of offense, giving up 316 per contest.

Drew Dawkins leads Denison’s passing game. He has completed 36 of 59 passes for 572 yards and seven touchdowns. Peyton Vining has been his main target. Vining has 10 catches for 280 yards and three scores. On the ground, Alex Minton has 408 yards on 64 carries with five TDs. Dawkins and Dara Laja have also rushed for over 100 yards each.

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