BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - For the first time since 1996, the Illinois Wesleyan football team is 7-0 after a 30-19 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin win over Wheaton at Tucci Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 26.
The No. 17-ranked Titans are 4-0 in the CCIW while the No. 10-ranked Thunder fell for the first time this season and are 6-1 and 3-1 in the league.
Senior Rob Gallik completed 24 of 39 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns and found senior Tate Musselman for six grabs for 115 yards. Sophomore Artie Checchin caught seven passes for 84 yards with one TD and senior Alex Garvey made six receptions for 57 yards.
After recovering a Wheaton fumble at the 5 yard line, IWU's drive in the fourth quarter that sealed the win was a 15-play, 95-yard drive that chewed up 8:17 of the clock. Senior T.J. Stinde rushed the ball into the end zone from 22 yards away to give the Titans a 29-19 lead. Sophomore Michael Kelley added the extra point for the final scoring.
Kelley had field goals of 38, 20 and 33 yards along with three extra point kicks.
Stinde led the IWU rushers with 69 yards on 14 carries while senior Devonte Jones carried the ball 16 times for 59 yards.
Defensively, senior linebacker Chris Simms led IWU with nine total tackles, including two for loss, while junior Connor Klein added eight tackles and senior Kyle Pfister had seven tackles and made two quarterback sacks for -12 yards.
The Titans meet No. 4-ranked and also unbeaten North Central next Saturday at 1 p.m. at Tucci Stadium.
1st 09:14 WHEATON - Cote, Sam 30 yd field goal
1st 06:46 IWU - Kelley, Michael 38 yd field goal
2nd 07:25 IWU - Garvey, Alex 10 yd pass from Gallik, Rob (Kelley, Michael kick)
2nd 00:21 IWU - Kelley, Michael 20 yd field goal
2nd 00:00 WHEATON - Cote, Sam 53 yd field goal
3rd 11:00 IWU - Kelley, Michael 33 yd field goal
3rd 05:57 WHEATON - Puknaitis,Danny 3 yd run (Cote, Sam kick)
4th 14:54 IWU - Checchin, Artie 3 yd pass from Gallik, Rob (Kelley, Michael kick)
4th 12:26 WHEATON - Seitz, Stephen 1 yd run (Cote, Sam kick failed)
4th 02:34 IWU - Stinde, T.J. 22 yd run (Kelley, Michael kick)