Football Returns to Hanson Field this Saturday
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Monday 10/16/2012
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DATE: Saturday, October 20

TIME: 6 p.m.
STADIUM: Hanson Field
SURFACE: MatrixTurf
ALL-TIME SERIES: WIU leads 21-14
LAST MEETING: @INS 46, WIU 24 (10/15/11)

RADIO (Leatherneck Sports Network)
ANNOUNCERS: Beau Spencer/Mark Bloom (45 minutes prior to kickoff)

Macomb: WIUS 88.3 FM (Flagship)
Macomb: WJEQ 102.7 FM
Galesburg: WAIK 1590 AM
Quincy: WPWQ 106.7 FM
Clinton, Iowa: KCLN 1390 AM
Monroe City, Missouri: KWBZ 107.5 FM

NETWORK    WIU-TV3 (tape delay)

ANNOUNCERS     Aaron Viner/Josh Gleason

The game can be seen as a pay-per-view on Rocky Vision at

Stats available on iPhone and Android phones with mobile app download. Search WIU Leathernecks app on iTunes and Google Play.

THE GAME: Western Illinois returns to Hanson Field for the first time in a month to get back on the winning track at home and overall... The Leathernecks will face Indiana State for the 36th time, holding a 14-3 record versus the Sycamores at home... The game is also part of Dads' Weekend festivities on campus... Western will also look to remain undefeated this year against teams from the state of Indiana (2-0 versus Butler and Indianapolis).

THE RANKINGS: Western received two votes in the latest Sports Network/ 'Top 25' poll... Indiana State is ranked 21st in the Sports Network/ poll and 25th in the FCS Coaches 'Top 25' poll.

THE COACHES: Mark Hendrickson is in third year as full-time head coach with a 13-17 record, and his 14th year with the Leatherneck Football program (18-27 overall record including parts of 2008/2009 season as acting head coach)... Trent Miles owns a 18-34 record in his fifth year in charge at Indiana State and overall as a head coach.

SCOUTING THE SYCAMORES: Indiana State pulled off arguably one of the biggest wins in program history, going on the road and defeating top-ranked North Dakota State 17-14. That ended a 10-game win streak for the defending national champion Bison... Johnny Towalid returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and a 31-yarder in the fourth quarter for the only TDs Indiana State would score in the game... Shakir Bell rushed for 96 yards while Mike Perish completed 10-of-18 passes for 109 yards... Aaron Archie had 12 tackles to lead the Sycamores and Connor Underwood added 10 and two sacks... The Sycamores recorded three interceptions in the game overall and three sacks.

20 THE KEY: Whether Western scores 20 points in a game, or allows 20 a game, normally determines the outcome... When Western scores 20 or more it owns a 12-5 record the last three years. In fact, if the Leathernecks put 30+ points on the board they are 7-0... However, if Western is held to under 20 points its record is only 1-12 (only win in 2010 playoffs at Coastal Carolina).


• For the fifth time in the last seven years Western currently owns a winning record against non-conference competition.
• Western two losses to FCS teams (both nationally ranked) own an 11-2 combined record, and including the loss to FBS Iowa State, opponents are 15-4 W/L.
• The Leathernecks ended an eight-game road losing streak (six consecutive to FCS teams) with their win at South Dakota. The last road win was at Coastal Carolina in the opening round of the 2010 playoffs.
• The Leathernecks rank 23rd in the country in toughest schedule. Western is one of seven Missouri Valley Football Conference teams among the ‘Top 25’.
• Western stands 16th nationally in average attendance (14,011).
• The Leathernecks stand alone nationally in first place in redzone scoring percentage, going 13-of-13.
• With 10 interceptions this year (162 yds), Western moved into a tie for eighth nationally and two shy of the MVFC lead. The Leathernecks had eight all of last year for only 55 yards. That’s the most since Western had 11 two years ago totaling 238 yards.
• Western also ranks in the ‘Top 15’ nationally in fewest penalty yards (tied 14th), averaging 41 yards per game.
• Western slipped to ninth nationally in fourth down conversion (78 percent, 7-of-9). On the flip side, the defense moved up to a tie for 10th in the nation allowing a 28.6 percent success rate on fourth down (2-of-7).
• Pat Smith is tied for seventh nationally in field goals made averaging 1.5 per game. His 9-for-9 accuracy is best among all kickers at a 1.000 percentage. He now surpassed his previous two-year total. The junior kicker is up to 102 career points.
• Smith’s career-long 46-yard field goal versus Indianapolis was the longest made in four years by a Leatherneck kicker... It was his second-longest attempt at Western.
• Martinez Davis regained a tie for the national lead thanks to his second interception for a touchdown. His three picks this year not only lead the team but tie him for 12th nationally.
• For the second time this year Martinez Davis received Honorable Mention accolades from the College Football Performance Awards (Indianapolis, South Dakota State).
• Redshirt-freshman J.J. Raffelson was one of 16 nationwide chosen to the initial Jerry Rice Award Watch List (National Freshman of the Year), as announced by the Sports Network. He is one of five representatives from the Missouri Valley Football Conference... He’s tied for 56th nationally in tackles per game, and the second-leading freshman tackler in the country.

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