BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Head coach Norm Eash became the all-time win leader in Illinois Wesleyan football coaching history as the No. 24-ranked Titans rolled past North Park, 52-21 at Tucci Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 12.
Eash now has 169 career wins (169-88-1) and bested the mark of 168 by his own college coach Don "Swede" Larson, who was 168-121-6 from 1954 to 1986. The Titans improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin while North Park fell to 1-4 overall and 1-1 in CCIW play.
The Titans built a 45-0 lead through three quarters and had 28 of those points in the first quarter.
Senior Devonte Jones had 313 all-purpose yards as he rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns and returned three kickoffs for 147 yards, including a long run of 81 yards.
Senior T.J. Stinde also ran for 99 yards on eight carries with a TD as Illinois Wesleyan amassed 531 yards of total offense (313 rush, 218 pass) against 326 for the Vikings (300 pass, 26 run).
Senior quarterback Ron Gallik, who completed his first 11 passes, was 16 of 21 for 202 yards and three touchdowns. Alex Garvey was on the receiving end of two TDs and made five grabs for a total of 72 yards.
Defensively IWU got seven tackles from Zach Freundt and six each from Chris Simms and Kyle Pfister.
North Park freshman quarterback threw for 300 yards, completing 19 of 33 passes with three touchdowns.
Illinois Wesleyan will play at Carthage at 6 p.m. next Saturday, Oct. 19.