Football Closes Out Home Schedule Saturday
Courtesy: Western Illinois Athletics  
Release: Friday 11/06/2012
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DATE: Saturday, November 10
TIME: 1 p.m.
STADIUM: Hanson Field
SURFACE: MatrixTurf

ALL-TIME SERIES: Western trails 16-11
LAST MEETING: @YSU 56, WIU 14 (10/29/11)

RADIO (Leatherneck Sports Network)
ANNOUNCERS: Beau Spencer/Mark Bloom
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

ANNOUNCERS: Aaron Viner (PBP), Josh Gleason (analyst)

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THE GAME: Western Illinois closes out its home schedule on Saturday, playing host to Youngstown State... With a victory, the Leathernecks can clinch a .500 record at Hanson Field and end a four-game losing streak... Western ended a six-game losing streak to the Penguins in 2010 at Hanson, but overall has lost seven of the last eight in the series.

THE COACHES: Mark Hendrickson is in third year as full-time head coach with a 13-20 record, and his 14th year with the Leatherneck Football program (18-30 overall record including parts of 2008/2009 season as acting head coach)... In his third year at Youngstown State, Eric Wolford owns a 14-17 record and overall as a head coach.

HONORING THE SENIORS: Western Illinois will honor its 18 seniors taking the field for the final time at Hanson Field this Saturday. The class includes: Charles Chestnut, Theon Dixon, Nick Eversmeyer, Dwight Harris, Trenton Heard, Josh Hudson, Kieron James, Wil Lunt, Justin Morgan, Caulton Ray, Cody Reardon, Andrew Robiskie, Alie Walker and Jamel Wilmore. Four seniors who suffered season-ending injuries - Chris Boone, Max Dancer, Keith Enderlein and Tyler West - will also be honored pre-game.

  • For the fifth time in the last seven years Western currently owns a winning record against non-conference competition.
  • The Leathernecks are tied for 28th in the country in toughest schedule. Western is one of seven Missouri Valley Football Conference teams among the 'Top 30'.
  • Western stands 26th nationally in average attendance (10,921).
  • The Leathernecks slipped down to a tie for third nationally in redzone offense percentage. The miss in the UNI game dropped Western to 93 percent overall (13-of-14).
  • With 14 interceptions this year (182 yds), Western currently stands in a tie for ninth 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 17 during the 2004 season.
  • Western also ranks 19th nationally in fewest penalty yards, averaging 44.6 yards per game.
  • When the Leathernecks have scored an offensive touchdown this season they are 3-0. The team is 0-6 when the offense doesn't reach the endzone.
  • Pat Smith is tied for 27th nationally in field goals made averaging 1.1 per game. His 10-for-10 accuracy is tops among all kickers at a 1.000 percentage. He now surpassed his previous two-year total. The junior kicker is up to 106 career points.
  • Martinez Davis ranks second nationally with his two interception returns for a touchdown. His five picks this year not only lead the team but tie him for fifth nationally.
  • 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 39th nationally in tackles per game, and the second-leading freshman tackler in the country.
  • When quarterback Hayden Northern entered the game at Missouri State he became the eighth true-freshman to play for the Leathernecks this season.
  • Last week Western had 13 true- and redshirt-freshmen play compared to 12 seniors.
DAVIS MAKING CASE FOR ALL-AMERICA HONORS: Sophomore cornerback Martinez Davis (left) is making history this year for the Leathernecks and making a case for All-America honors... Dating back to 1985, there have only been three instances where a Leatherneck defensive player led the team with five or more interceptions and DID NOT receive All-America accolades... Here's the impact Davis has had this year on the secondary.
- He recorded his second 2-interception game this year (Indianapolis and Missouri State).
- He stands second nationally with two picks returned for a TD.
- His five interceptions tie him for fifth nationally, two off the Missouri Valley Football Conference and national lead.
- His five picks are the most by a Leatherneck since Will Peterson had five during his All-American junior year in 2000.
- Davis' two occurrences of two interceptions tie him for third-most, one shy of the single-game record.
- Three times this year Davis has been an Honorable Mention selection by the College Football Performance Awards.
- He has accumulated 97 interception return yards, and his touchdowns went for 49 yards (Indianapolis) and 28 yards (South Dakota State).

SCOUTING THE PENGUINS: Youngstown State started off the season with an upset at BCS member Pitt and rattled off three more consecutive wins heading into its bye week... The Penguins lost 48-7 at #1 North Dakota State, which began a four-game losing streak in Missouri Valley Football Conference play... YSU ended its losing streak with a 13-10 home win over South Dakota... The defense ranks sixth nationally allowing 104 rushing yards per game, and 27th allowing 330 total yards per contest... The offensive line ranks ninth nationally allowing less than a sack per game... Averaging 187 rushing yards per game puts Youngstown 31st nationally. The 137.54 passing efficiency ranks the Penguins 35th... Senior Jamaine Cook leads the rushing attack with 1,042 yards and 12 touchdowns... Kurt Hess has completed 62.3 percent of his passes (142-228) for 1,717 yards and 13 TDs to six interceptions... Five defenders have at least 40 tackles, led by Travis Williams with 50 and Teven Williams with 47.

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