Wartburg game notes - Cornell - Sept. 18
Wartburg vs. Cornell, Saturday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m. –
Walston-Hoover Stadium, Waverly – Series history: Wartburg
leads the all-time series 15-2. The Knights have won the last eight
meetings, including a 30-7 win at Mount Vernon last fall and a
37-14 home victory in 2008.
For the fans – Live audio, video and statistics – Go to the scrolling schedule at www.go-knights.net, the Internet home of Wartburg athletics, to find links
Game overview/notes –The Knights, off to their best start since 2007, open Iowa Conference play Saturday. The clash with the Rams is the first of back-to-back games on the FieldTurf at Walston-Hoover with Loras College of Dubuque visiting Sept. 25 to highlight Family Weekend 2010. Wartburg has two sets of back-to-back home weekends with the Homecoming 2010 game against Dubuque Oct. 23 and the annual battle with Luther College of Decorah being the other. … Wartburg is 38-8 inside its confines since the stadium opened in 2001. … In regards to conference home openers, the Knights have won 11 of their last 12. Buena Vista snapped an 11-game win streak, along those lines, with a 27-15 win during last year's Family Weekend. … The 2-0 record has grabbed notice on D3Football.com's top 25 poll. Head coach Rick Willis' squad received 19 votes this week. … In the NCAA Division III statistics report through two weeks, several Orange and Black players have high marks. Junior defensive lineman Matt Tschetter of Milford is tied for third in sacks (2.5), junior punter Robby Salmon of Mason City has the ninth-highest yards per kick average (43.36 yards), junior return specialist Josh VanDenHul of North Sioux City, S.D., is in the top 20 in kickoff return yardage (29.3 ypr), and sophomore running back Reese Thompson of Van Horne, with two straight 100-yard games, is 20th in rushing yards per contest (143). Tschetter, Salmon and Thompson all lead their respective categories in the league, while VanDenHul is second. Wartburg's top team efforts, on the national statistics chart, are sacks (T-11 – four), scoring defense (15th – allowing only six and a half points per game), and turnover margin (plus 2.5). … Junior quarterback Dan Stiefel of Sterling Heights, Mich., kept Wartburg's 100-yard passing game streak intact moving it to 35 with 166 yards at Gustavus Adolphus last weekend. … Willis continues to edge towards the 100-win career mark. He stands three shy of triple digits with a 97-24 record.