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Illinois Wesleyan Bows Out of NCAA, 41-7 to Wartburg

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story by Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - A powerful ground game and stingy defense led visiting Wartburg College to a 41-7 victory over No. 13-ranked Illinois Wesleyan's football squad in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs at Tucci Stadium in Bloomington, Ill on Saturday, Nov. 23.

Sophomore running back Brandon Domeyer ran for three touchdowns and rushed for 161 yards as the champion of the Iowa Conference improved to 9-2, advancing to the second round against No. 6-ranked Bethel University (Minn). Bethel was a 70-13 winner over St. Scholastica on Saturday.

The Titans conclude their season at 9-2, having earned their third post-season bid in five seasons. 

Heading into the contest, IWU was ranked No. 13 in the most recent American Football Coaches Association Poll and No. 14 in the weekly D3football.com poll.

The Knights, from Waverly, Ia, dominated from the start.  Sophomore quarterback Logan Schrader's 10-yard touchdown run in the first quarter capped an eight-play, 49-yard drive.  Wartburg led 21-0 at halftime, and Schader would rush for another touchdown in the third quarter.

The Titans only score came with 1:06 left in the third quarter when senior quarterback Rob Gallik threw an 18-yard pass to senior wide receiver Tate Musselman. Sophomore Michael Kelley added the extra point to narrow Wartburg's lead to 35-7.  The Knights responded on their very next drive, capped by Domeyer's third rushing touchdown, for the final tally.

Domeyer carried the ball 34 times for 161 rushing yards, while Schrader rushed for 77 yards on 10 carries.

In his final game as a Titan, Gallik completed 16 of 34 passes for 200 yards.  Senior running back Devonte Jones carried nine times for 39 yards and finished his career with 1,045 yards, second in an IWU season only to Kurt Swearingen, who has the school record of 1,079 yards on 223 carries in 1977. Only three Titans have ever rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

Defensively, senior linebacker Chris Simms led the way for IWU with seven solo tackles, and he assisted on seven more.  Senior defensive backs Paul Panno and Tim Hollowed each had five solo tackles, while junior linebacker Connor Klein and sophomore cornerback Ben Bouie each tallied four solo tackles.

SCORING SUMMARY
1st  06:21  WAR - Logan Schrader 10 yd run (Michael Bohlke kick), 8 plays, 49 yards
2nd  12:30  WAR - Brandon Domeyer 1 yd run (Michael Bohlke kick), 12 plays, 82 yards
2nd  04:15  WAR - Brandon Domeyer 1 yd run (Michael Bohlke kick), 12 plays, 57 yards
3rd  13:42  WAR - Will Janssen 0 yd fumble recovery (Michael Bohlke kick)
3rd  10:13  WAR - Logan Schrader 3 yd run (Michael Bohlke kick), 7 plays, 43 yards
3rd  01:06  IWU - Musselman, Tate 18 yd pass from Gallik, Rob (Kelley, Michael kick) 5 plays, 71 yards
4th  10:52  WAR - Brandon Domeyer 3 yd run (Michael Bohlke kick failed), 9 plays, 29 yards

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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Final
at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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Final
at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Wesley at Brockport
12:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Mount Union
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12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Washington and Jefferson
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12:00 PM
Husson at Delaware Valley
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1:00 PM
Berry at St. Thomas
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1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
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1:00 PM
Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
1:00 PM
Trine at Wartburg
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
Final
at Alfred 29, Stevenson 16
@ University of Delaware
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Wesley at Brockport
12:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Mount Union
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12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Washington and Jefferson
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12:00 PM
Husson at Delaware Valley
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1:00 PM
Berry at St. Thomas
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1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
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1:00 PM
Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
1:00 PM
Trine at Wartburg
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