Leathernecks Fall at Indiana State
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Friday 10/15/2011
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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Terriun Crump's record setting day could not overcome Indiana State's quick strike offense as Western Illinois dropped a 46-24 decision Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15). The Leathernecks fell to 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Crump finished the game with eight receptions totaling 111 yards, his fifth 100-yard receiving game this year and eighth of his career, equaling both Western records.

Having committed only five turnovers all season, the Leathernecks uncharacteristically turned the ball over three times, and the 21st-ranked Sycamores (5-2, 3-1) took advantage.

On the opening drive, after converting one 3rd-and-long earlier, Western faced 3rd-and-17. Josh Hudson was sacked and fumbled. ISU returned scooped the loose ball and returned it to the six, and on the first play Shakir Bell hit the right corner for the touchdown. However, Tanner Fritschle missed the extra point.

Hudson drove Western again into Sycamore territory, but this time he was picked off and Indiana State returned it to the WIU 34. Once again the Sycamores needed one play as Ronnie Fouch hit Donald Spencer across the middle. He broke two tackles and scored to make it 13-0 just over four minutes into the game.

Forced to punt Michael Shroble launched one inside the five. Alex Sewall could not hold onto the ball and Kieron James recovered on the three. Two plays later Hudson fired a ball through the defense to Aaron Muhammad for the score.

However, the Sycamores struck quickly again as Fouch needed only one play to hit Alex Jones for an 80-yard touchdown. James knocked away the 2-point conversion pass to keep it 19-7 with 8:30 left in the half.

Western could not convert on 4th-and-4 late in the quarter from the ISU 33 as Hudson was stopped short of a first down. The defense held as James intercepted Fouch and raced it into Sycamore territory where he was tackled as time expired for the half.

The Leatherneck defense held ISU on the opening drive in the third quarter. Hudson directed an 11-play, 74-yard drive to cut into the Sycamore lead. Hudson picked up two key runs to get a first down, found Crump three times on the drive - including one to the three. Caulton Ray finished off the drive with a 3-yard TD run. Pat Smith's extra point made it 19-14.

Fouch and the Sycamores responded with a 39-yard touchdown pass to Alex Jones but Western cut into the lead again. A 36-yard pass from Hudson to Crump set up the Leathernecks in ISU territory. On the next play, Hudson hit Muhammad over the middle to make it a 26-21 game. The Leathernecks could not hold onto the momentum as ISU responded again.

ISU got another TD pass from Fouch, this time 32 yards to Michael Mardis near the end of the third quarter, extending its lead to 33-21.

Smith added a 26-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter, making it 33-24 with 12:29 remaining. Bell and the Sycamores used another 1-play drive to strike again, this time a 51-yard run. However, another missed extra point set the score at 39-24 just 15 seconds later.

Western drove into the Sycamore redzone but two sacks led to ISU taking over on downs. Bell broke loose on his second long TD run of the game, a 46-yarder to make it 46-24.

Hudson completed 23-of-35 passes for 269 yards and two TDs. Crump totaled his 111 yards on eight catches. Muhammad ended with five receptions for 63 yards. He not only set career-highs in both categories, but matched his season receptions total.

Ray totaled 79 yards on 21 carries. Kevin Palermo led the defense with eight tackles while Tim Franken added six.

Fouch completed only 6-of-13 passes but totaled 201 yards and four TDs. Bell racked up 213 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Ben Obaseki had 22 total tackles and three sacks.

Western returns home next Saturday (Oct. 22), playing host to Missouri State as part of Family Weekend activities. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

GAME NOTES: Due to injuries along the defensive line, true-freshman Chip Holtschlag made his collegiate debut... Rick Richardson caught his first pass of the season early in the first quarter. He finished with two catches (27 yards), nearly matching his 2010 total of three receptions... James' interception at the end of the first half was his team-leading second this year and third of career... Western lost for the third straight year when coming off a bye week... Crump moved into seventh place all-time with 108 receptions. His 1,799 yards place him fifth. Crump matched two other Leathernecks with five 100-yard receiving games in a season: Stacy Coleman (2002) and Lito Senatus (2010). His eighth career game matches Reggie Gray's all-time record... Smith's 26-yard field goal was his longest this season... Charles Chestnut caught five passes for 49 yards. His five receptions matches a career-high, three times in his career and now has reached that total in consecutive games... Hudson tied for the eighth-most rushing yards by a quarterback in program history with 65... The 101 plays ran were five shy of the 1992 program record set against Central Florida... Western held the ball for 40:40, also by far a season-high... Western recorded a season-high 30 first downs.


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