September 28, 2013

Washington University’s Offense Breaks Through for 31-14 Win Over Centre

More news about: Washington U.

St. Louis, Mo., September 28, 2013 – Washington University's offense broke out of a slump by scoring four touchdowns in a 31-14 win over Centre College Saturday at Francis Field in St. Louis. The 31 points scored by Washington U. was a season-high and surpasses the season total of 17 scored in the first three games.

Washington University head coach Larry Kindbom picked up the 150th win of his Washington University career Saturday against Centre. Kindbom, the winningest coach in school history, is 150-94 (.615) in 25 seasons on the Danforth Campus.

Washington U. had 316 yards of total offense in the win, highlighted by 165 yards on 48 carries on the ground. Senior quarterback Eric Daginella was 17-of-31 for 151 yards, a TD and three interceptions, and also picked up 31 yards rushing and a TD. Junior Zach Lonneman (75 yards, TD) and sophomore Alex Graham (46 yards, TD) led the rushing attack for Washington U., while freshman wide receiver Hank Childs led the receiving corps with five catches for 37 yards.

Junior quarterback Heath Haden got Centre on the scoreboard first with 6:41 left in the first quarter after he faked a handoff and scampered 13 yards into the end zone. The Washington U. offense answered right back with a 14-play, 49-yard drive as sophomore kicker Alex Hallwachsconnected on a 39-yard field goal to make it 7-3.

The Bears took advantage of great field position midway through the second quarter after senior defensive lineman Nelson Nwumeh tipped a pass that junior linebacker Fade Oluokun picked off and ran to the Centre 10-yard line. Three plays later, Daginella escaped three Centre defenders on a play-action pass and scampered five yards for the touchdown. The extra point by Hallwachs made it 10-7 with 9:55 left before half.

Skalman picked off Haden on the ensuing possession in the end zone to give the Bears one more chance on offense. The Bears took advantage of the turnover and Daginella ignited a 12-play, 80-yard drive to push the lead to 17-7 after he found junior tight end Chris Levine across the middle for a 19-yard touchdown pass. The touchdown reception for Levine was the first of his career.

Washington U.'s defense allowed 184 yards of offense in the first half, but forced a turnover on each of Centre's final three possessions. The Bears had a 21:29-8:31 advantage in time of possession and gained 103 yards on the ground.

Graham capped a six-play, 61-yard drive with a five-yard run on the Bears' opening drive of the third quarter to push the advantage to 24-7. After the teams traded punts, Centre cut the lead to 24-14 with 6:53 left in the third quarter after Amoh Kumengisa scored from four-yards out. Washington U. put the game out of reach with 3:52 remaining when Lonneman scored from a yard out to make it 31-14.

Senior defensive back Andrew Skalman had a career-high 11 tackles, a tackle for loss and an interception in the win. The interception for Skalman was the ninth of his career. Sophomore defensive back Quincy Marting added a career-high nine tackles, while Nwumeh had seven tackles, five pass break-ups and a half tackle for loss. Junior defensive back Patrick Cantwell added his first career interception in the win.

Special teams also played a huge role in the win, led by sophomore punter Alec Stanke and freshman kick returner Dylan Newcomb. Stanke averaged 43.2 yards on six punts with two landing inside the 20-yard line, while Newcomb had three kickoff returns for 84 yards (28.0 average) with a long of 36.

Haden finished the day 28-of-53 for 298 yards and three interceptions. He entered the day third in NCAA Division III in passing yards and 12th in total offense. Ricky Adams was his favorite target hauling in 103 yards on five receptions. The Colonels were limited to 92 rushing yards on 29 carries and had four turnovers. Ben Leahy led the defensive unit with 17 tackles.

Washington U. (2-2) concludes a two-game home stand against Berry College Saturday, Oct. 5, at 1 p.m. The Vikings have a 0-3 record and lost at Rhodes College 36-24 Saturday.

Bear Notebook: Washington U. and Centre met for the 18th time in school history – but for the first time since 1984 … Washington U. leads the all-time series with Centre, 10-7-1 … The Bears honored 11-year NFL veteran and 1974 graduate Shelby Jordan at halftime for his recent induction into the College Football Hall of Fame … Washington U. has won 21-straight games dating back to the 2007 season when scoring 21 or more points … Centre was the fourth-straight undefeated opponent for the Bears … The Bears were 5-of-5 in the red zone and had a 40:05-19:55 advantage in time of possession.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Endicott at Framingham State
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
Video Live Stats
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
Video Live Stats
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
12:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
Video Live Stats
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
Video Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
Audio
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
Video Audio
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
Audio
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
Audio
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Video Audio Audio
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
McPherson at Nebraska Wesleyan
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Video Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
Live Stats Audio
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
Video Live Stats
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Video Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Denison at Marietta
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Video Live Stats Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
8:30 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
Video
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
Live Stats
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
Video
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Video Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
4:00 PM
UW-Platteville at George Fox
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Video Live Stats
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Live Stats
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats