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Illinois Wesleyan football team stumbles after halftime

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Illinois Wesleyan's Wes Watson jumps into the arms of offensive lineman Jackson Joyce after catching a touchdown pass from Sage Shindler in the first quarter of Saturday's game against Washington University at St. Louis. (JIM NAPRSTEK PHOTO/KODIAK CREATIVE)

ST. LOUIS — Illinois Wesleyan's football team put itself in position to win its first road game of the season as the Titans were tied with Washington (Mo.) at halftime of Saturday's game at Francis Olympic Field.

The Bears took away IWU's hopes with 24 straight points after the intermission.

Quarterback Matt Rush's 32-yard touchdown pass to Collin Goldberg less than two minutes into the third quarter broke the tie and sent WashU on its way to a 38-22 victory in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin action.

IWU dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the CCIW ahead of next Saturday's 1 p.m. game against Millikin at Tucci Stadium.

Hamid Bullie's 1-yard run and Andrew Stange's conversion kick gave IWU a 14-all tie midway through the second quarter. Wes Watson hauled in a 58-yard strike from Sage Shindler for the Titans' first touchdown in the first quarter.

The Bears (3-2, 3-1) upped their lead to 28-14 on Cole Okmin's 1-yard TD run late in the third quarter.

After a 65-yard TD run by Kenvorris Campbell and Chris Vartanian's 34-yard field goal gave WashU a 38-14 lead, IWU scored for the final time on Shindler's 7-yard pass to tight end Zack Tencza and Shindler's conversion run with 4:13 left.

The Bears outgained IWU in total yardage, 513-424. Emmanuel Ebirim led WashU's ground attack with 138 yards on 15 carries. Rush completed 19 of 29 attempts for 265 yards and two touchdowns.

Shindler went 19 of 30 for 264 yards with two interceptions. Tencza enjoyed a career day with eight receptions for 113 yards. Bullie paced IWU's rushing attack with 101 yards on 26 carries.


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