UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS - Heidelberg hadn't been dominated like it was Saturday in more than two years, and coach Mike Hallett shouldered the responsibility.
After the No. 10 Student Princes were trounced, 48-7 at No. 14 John Carroll, Hallett was candid.
"We got our butts kicked," Hallett said after the game. "I did a rotten job preparing for this game, their coaching staff did a great job and we got whipped."
Coming off a 44-34 loss to No. 1 Mount Union, which was its first defeat of the season, Hallett was asked if there was a hangover effect.
"I would say it's often times tough to get up for two games in a row like this," Hallett said.
The Blue Streak improved to 9-0, setting up a battle of unbeatens in next week's regular finale against the Purple Raiders.
Heidelberg (7-2) had no answer for John Carroll quarterback Mark Myers, who gashed the HU defense for 387 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Myers' favorite target was Aramis Greenwood, who had seven receptions for 168 yards. He caught all three of Myers' touchdown tosses.
Hallett praised Miller, who he said was usually throwing against a three-man pass rush.
"He was special today," Hallett said.
Heidelberg's offense consisted of a second quarter touchdown pass from Mike Mees to Donteea Dye from 8 yards out. Mees completed just 12 of 28 passes for 128 yards, and was intercepted.
"We had guys open," Hallett said. "Story of the game is they won the war up front."
Heidelberg running back Cartel Brooks ran for 118 yards.
With the loss, the Student Princes fell to 8-2 overall, 7-2 in the OAC. The playoffs appear unlikely.
Next week, HU travels to Berea to play Baldwin Wallace.
"We got a game left for our seniors," Hallett said. "I want our seniors to go out with a win."
Ashland rushes past TU
ASHLAND - Anthony Taylor and the Ashland running game proved too much for Tiffin University Saturday.
Taylor piled up 237 yards and three touchdowns, and the Eagles had 385 rushing yards overall.
Ashland's other back, Vance Settlemire, had 141 yards on the ground and two scores. Ashland beat the Dragons handily, 49-30.
"We just couldn't stop the run game," Tiffin coach Gary Goff said. "I don't know how you can win a game giving up that many rush yards."
Tiffin trailed 21-7 at the half, but the Eagles scored two touchdowns in the third quarter to take control.
Dragons quarterback Antonio Pipkin did rally the Dragons, who scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, but never really got close.
Pipkin threw for 376 yards and three scores. He also was intercepted three times.
"Give it to the offensive line, not to give up any sacks," Goff said. "The offensive line really battled their tails off."
Tyler Jones had 136 receiving yards for TU (2-8), while Tony Shead had 87 receiving yards.