/seasons/2011/contrib/201111128gmxs0

Wheaton football closes regular season with 49-29 win over Millikin

More news about: Wheaton (Ill.)

Wheaton, Ill. - In its final regular-season game of the season, the Wheaton College football team used a prolific passing attack to defeat Millikin University 49-29 on Saturday.

The Thunder clinched third place in the CCIW with the win, improving their overall record to 8-2 and 5-2 in conference play. Postseason bids will be announced by the NCAA on Sunday afternoon. The Big Blue end the year with a 4-6 mark, including 2-5 in the CCIW.

Wheaton racked up 498 yards of offense (405 passing, 93 rushing) compared to Millikin's 405 yards (263 passing, 142 rushing).

Senior quarterback Garrett Meador established a new career-high with 405 passing yards on 30 of 44 attempts. He totaled five touchdown tosses with one interception. Senior wide receiver Teddy Watkins was the primary target, catching eight balls for 146 yards and four touchdowns. Fellow senior wide out Justin Zeller added seven catches for 85 yards. Sophomore running back Justin Swider paced the rushing attack with 41 yards on four carries.

Thunder defenders picked off two passes, with one apiece for senior safety Jordan Langs and junior linebacker Pat Dansdill. Senior linebacker Jordan Chapman led the way with 10 tackles and senior defensive end Robert Ramsay had eight. Senior defensive end David Seamon added one sack and one forced fumble.

On Wheaton's Senior Day, it was Millikin who took the early lead. A 53-yard pass to running back Sean Dunning set up his two-yard touchdown run on the first drive of the game.

The first quarter was forgettable for the Thunder, who only gained 43 yards on their first four drives. But the second quarter was when the offense got rolling to the tune of four touchdowns over a 10-minute span.

After a series of intermediate passes got Wheaton into Millikin territory, the Thunder sold a passing play and handed the ball off to fullback Davis Skinner. The junior powered through the line and sprinted for a 29-yard touchdown with 10:34 remaining in the half.

Wheaton's defense got the ball right back on the ensuing drive. Langs stepped in front of the streak-route pass from Millikin quarterback Matt Holmes to recapture possession near midfield. On the first play, Meador went for the home run and lofted a deep strike to Watkins for the 47-yard touchdown.

The Big Blue answered by driving to the red zone before settling for a 30-yard field goal to make it 14-10. Meador then marched down to the Millikin one-yard-line thanks to a 25-yard pass to Kolby Kemp and a 35-yarder that threaded the needle to Zeller. Tailback Jesse Geary finished off the drive with a one-yard touchdown plunge to make the score 21-10.

The Thunder finished off the half by scoring with nine seconds left on a quick shot up the middle from Meador to tight end JJ Clark from eight yards out. Watkins helped continue the drive after snagging a 26-yard completion on 3rd-and-19.

It took less than a minute into the second half for Wheaton to increase the lead to 35-10. Garrett Cook recovered Millikin's onside kick, and three plays later, Meador hooked up with Watkins for a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Millikin's sack and strip set up its offense deep in Wheaton territory only three minutes afterwards. Holmes connected with Erik Tobey on a score from 11 yards, but the extra point was blocked to make it 35-16.

Once again, the Thunder offense responded, this time with a 90-yard touchdown drive. A series of first-down completions led to Watkins' third score from Meador with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter.

Millikin threw for a touchdown from 13 yards out to open the fourth quarter. But Wheaton finished off its scoring for the day with an 83-yard drive that ended with Meador to Watkins in the end zone for the fourth time.

Another Big Blue scoring drive took up half the fourth quarter as the final score ended at 49-29.

Holmes led Millikin's offense by going 19 of 34 passing for 263 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Tyler Roush picked up 87 yards on 13 carries to pace the ground attack. Tommy Eichenauer caught five passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Dunning added 71 yards receiving on four catches. Andy Roth registered two sacks defensively and Jacob Alvin collected 11 tackles.

Oct. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
Video Video Box Score Recap
Oct. 21: All times Eastern
3rd - 01:19
14 Westfield State
29 Framingham State
Live stats Video
4th - 11:26
10 Moravian
17 Juniata
Video Live stats
4th - 12:41
7 Endicott
28 Salve Regina
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio
Start of 4th
7 St. Vincent
56 Thomas More
Video Live stats Audio
Halftime
3 Hobart
7 Union
Video Live stats Audio
2nd - 00:05
24 Colby
20 Hamilton
Live stats Video Preview
1:00 PM
William Paterson at Christopher Newport
Video Live stats Audio
HALFTIME
10 St. John Fisher
7 Ithaca
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Allegheny
Video Live stats Audio
End of 2nd
7 SUNY-Maritime
7 Mount Ida
Video Live stats
End of 2nd
27 Middlebury
7 Bates
Video Preview Live stats
End of 2nd
7 Catholic
48 Springfield
Video Live stats
1:00 PM
Wesleyan at Amherst
Video Live stats
2nd - 00:45
7 Bowdoin
49 Trinity (Conn.)
Video Live stats
2nd - 00:08
14 Husson
7 Gallaudet
Video Live stats
2nd - 15:00
7 Wabash
14 Oberlin
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2nd 5:14
6 Buffalo State
13 Utica
Video Live stats
Start of 3rd
0 Ohio Northern
6 Muskingum
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
2nd - 15:00
0 Montclair State
24 Frostburg State
Video Live stats
End of 2nd
3 Rowan
20 Wesley
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
2nd - 01:19
10 Albright
5 Stevenson
Video Preview Live stats Audio Tickets
2nd - 00:52
38 Wittenberg
3 DePauw
Video Preview Preview Preview Live stats Audio Audio
2nd - 00:18
14 Alma
14 Albion
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2nd - 01:41
13 Shenandoah
21 Guilford
Video Preview Preview Live stats
End of 2nd
20 Plymouth State
0 Massachusetts Maritime
Video Preview Live stats
2nd - 04:06
30 Wooster
12 Hiram
Preview Audio Live stats Video
Halftime
28 Washington and Lee
0 Hampden-Sydney
Video Live stats Audio
2nd - 00:03
7 Alfred State
16 Anna Maria
Video Preview Live stats
Start of 3rd
25 Bridgewater
10 Emory and Henry
Video Live stats Audio Audio
Halftime
7 Wilkes
28 FDU-Florham
Video Live stats
Halftime
10 Lebanon Valley
0 Misericordia
Video Live stats Audio
Halftime
7 Rochester
27 St. Lawrence
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
RPI at Alfred
Video Live stats
2nd - 00:23
7 Nichols
18 Curry
Video Live stats
End of 2nd
0 Southern Virginia
28 Salisbury
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2nd - 10:53
10 Ferrum
14 Brevard
Video Live stats Audio
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Apprentice
Audio
End of 2nd
0 Ursinus
7 Susquehanna
Video Live stats Audio
End of 2nd
20 Cortland
13 Morrisville State
Video Live stats
2nd - 00:36
14 Hope
36 Trine
Live stats Audio
Start of 3rd
17 Trinity (Texas)
0 Sewanee
Video Preview Live stats
Halftime
7 Wartburg
7 Luther
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Dickinson at Franklin and Marshall
Video Video Live stats
2nd - 09:58
0 Tufts
0 Williams
Video Live stats
2nd - 12:54
35 Mount Union
0 Wilmington
Live stats Preview Audio Video Preview
Start of 2nd
7 MIT
0 Coast Guard
Video Live stats Audio
2nd - 13:08
7 Maine Maritime
14 Norwich
Video Preview Live stats
14:44, 2nd quarter
7 Heidelberg
14 Marietta
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2nd - 12:45
14 Franklin
9 Rose-Hulman
Video Preview Preview Live stats
3:00 (1st)
14 John Carroll
0 Capital
Video Live stats Audio
2nd - 11:08
7 Bluffton
14 Manchester
Video Live stats
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Anderson
Video Live stats
1:35 PM
UW-Whitewater at UW-River Falls
Video
2:00 PM
Kean at TCNJ
Video Live stats
1st - 09:42
0 Greensboro
7 LaGrange
Video Live stats Audio
1st - 10:36
0 Mass-Dartmouth
0 Worcester State
Video Live stats
1st - 10:55
6 Muhlenberg
0 McDaniel
Video Preview Live stats
1st - 07:49
7 Western New England
0 Becker
Video Live stats
1st - 09:43
0 Methodist
7 Maryville (Tenn.)
Video Live stats
1st - 10:24
0 Adrian
0 Kalamazoo
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Denison at Ohio Wesleyan
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Washington and Jefferson
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Berry at Millsaps
Video Live stats Audio
1st - 10:24
0 Olivet
0 Benedictine
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1st - 08:24
7 Birmingham-Southern
0 Austin
Video Preview Live stats
2:00 PM
Belhaven at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at UW-Stout
Audio
2:00 PM
Eureka at MacMurray
Video Preview
2:00 PM
Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1st - 10:17
7 Nebraska Wesleyan
0 Buena Vista
Video Preview Live stats Audio
1st - 10:58
7 Lakeland
0 Wisconsin Lutheran
Video Preview Live stats
1st - 09:11
0 Rockford
0 Aurora
Video Live stats
1st - 10:42
0 Concordia (Wis.)
7 Concordia-Chicago
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. Olaf
Video Live stats Audio
13:08 1st
0 Gustavus Adolphus
7 St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
1st - 08:57
7 Augsburg
0 Concordia-Moorhead
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Thomas at Hamline
Video Live stats Audio
1st - 06:56
6 Westminster (Mo.)
0 Greenville
Live stats Video
2:00 PM
Coe at Loras
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Monmouth at Cornell
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Wheaton (Ill.) at North Park
Live stats
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Martin Luther
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Texas Lutheran
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Lake Forest
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Carroll at Millikin
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Ripon at Macalester
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Lawrence at St. Norbert
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Crown
Video Live stats
2:00 PM
Minnesota-Morris at Iowa Wesleyan
1st - 13:38
0 UW-Platteville
0 UW-Eau Claire
Live stats Video Preview Audio
2:30 PM
Merchant Marine at WPI
Video Live stats
2:30 PM
Rhodes at Centre
Video Preview Live stats
2:30 PM
Hanover at Earlham
Video Preview Preview Live stats Audio
2:30 PM
Beloit at Chicago
Video Preview Live stats
3:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
3:00 PM
Simpson at Dubuque
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
Video Live stats Audio
3:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
Live stats
4:00 PM
Hartwick at Brockport
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Western Connecticut at Bridgewater State
Video Live stats
4:00 PM
Chapman at La Verne
Video Preview Preview Live stats
4:00 PM
Pacific at Lewis and Clark
Video Live stats Audio Audio Tickets
4:00 PM
Pacific Lutheran at Willamette
Video Preview Live stats
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Whitworth
Video Preview Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Redlands at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Video Preview Audio
4:30 PM
George Fox at Linfield
Video Preview Live stats Audio
5:00 PM
Sul Ross State at Howard Payne
Video Live stats
6:00 PM
Dean at Castleton
Video Preview Live stats Tickets
6:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Averett
Video Live stats
7:00 PM
Baldwin Wallace at Otterbein
Video Preview Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Thiel
Video Preview Live stats
7:00 PM
Knox at Illinois College
Video Live stats
10:00 PM
Whittier at Cal Lutheran
Video Live stats
Cancelled
Occidental at Pomona-Pitzer
Oct. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 52, Gettysburg 0
Video Video Box Score Recap
Oct. 21: All times Eastern
End of 2nd
3 Rowan
20 Wesley
Video Audio Preview Live stats Audio
2nd - 15:00
0 Montclair State
24 Frostburg State
Video Live stats
2nd - 00:52
38 Wittenberg
3 DePauw
Live stats Preview Preview Preview Audio Audio Video
End of 2nd
7 Catholic
48 Springfield
Video Live stats
Halftime
7 Wartburg
7 Luther
Video Live stats
2nd - 12:54
35 Mount Union
0 Wilmington
Live stats Preview Audio Video Preview
14:44, 2nd quarter
7 Heidelberg
14 Marietta
Video Preview Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Westminster (Pa.) at Washington and Jefferson
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Texas Lutheran
Video Live stats Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Belhaven at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Thomas at Hamline
Video Live stats Audio
13:08 1st
0 Gustavus Adolphus
7 St. John's
Video Live stats Audio
2:00 PM
Carthage at Illinois Wesleyan
Video Live stats Audio Audio
1st - 08:57
7 Augsburg
0 Concordia-Moorhead
Live stats Audio Video
2:00 PM
Berry at Millsaps
Video Live stats Audio
1st - 13:38
0 UW-Platteville
0 UW-Eau Claire
Live stats Video Preview Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-La Crosse
Video Preview Live stats Audio Audio
3:00 PM
Augustana at North Central (Ill.)
Video Live stats Audio
4:00 PM
Hartwick at Brockport
Video Live stats
4:30 PM
George Fox at Linfield
Video Preview Live stats Audio
7:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Geneva
Video Preview Live stats