Football Hosts Ohio Northern in Season Opener Saturday at 1 p.m.

Football Hosts Ohio Northern in Season Opener Saturday at 1 p.m.

Ohio Northern (0-0) at Washington U. (0-0)
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 • 1 p.m. (CT)
Francis Field • St. Louis, Mo. 

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THE MATCHUP - Washington University in St. Louis opens its 118th season of college football Saturday, Sept. 6, at home against Ohio Northern University. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. (CT) at Francis Field. The Bears have compiled an all-time record of 502-465-28 (.519) in 117 seasons of football on the Danforth Campus.

Head coach Larry Kindbom returns 15 starters (Offense-8; Defense-5; Special Teams-2) from last year's squad, which posted an 8-3 overall record and won its second straight University Athletic Association (UAA) title with a 3-0 mark. The Bears also advanced to the NCAA Division III Playoffs for the second time in school history.

THE SERIES - Washington U. and Ohio Northern are meeting for the first time in school history.

THE COACHES - Head coach Larry Kindbom (Kalamazoo, 1974) is in his 26th season at Washington University, with a record of 156-95 (.622). His 156 wins rank him as the all-time winningest coach at Washington U. Overall, in 31 seasons, Kindbom is 184-125-1 (.595).

Ohio Northern head coach Dean Paul (Mount Union, 1990) has led the Polar Bears to a 68-34 (.667) overall record and an appearance in the national rankings in eight of 10 seasons. In 15 seasons as a head coach at the NCAA Division III level, Paul has posted a 108-46 overall record (.701). He came to ONU after five seasons at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Ky.

• Be the Bears' eight-straight regular season win dating back to 2013 season.
• Extend Washington U.'s home win streak to seven games dating back to 2012.
• Be the first season-opening win since a 28-10 win at Knox on Sept. 3, 2011.

MEDIA COVERAGE – Saturday's contest vs. Ohio Northern will be broadcast live at no cost on the Bear Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on the Washington University Athletics website.

A LOOK AT OHIO NORTHERN - The Polar Bears were selected to finish fourth in both the coaches and media polls at the 2014 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Football Media Day. ONU received 225 points in the media poll and 52 points in the coaches poll to finish fourth in each. The Polar Bears went 6-4 overall in 2013 and tied for fourth in the conference with a record of 5-4.

SEASON OPENERS - Season-opening games have been very kind to WUSTL in the 25 years under head coach Larry Kindbom. Washington U. is 18-7 in season openers under Kindbom, but has dropped six of its last 10.

OLUOKUN TABBED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA - Senior linebacker Fade Oluokun has been selected to the 2014 Beyond Sports Network Preseason Division III All-America Team. Oluokun, a third-team selection, was one of 93 players named to the preseason All-America Team. He was a first-team all-UAA honoree in 2013 after leading the team in sacks (four) and tackles for loss (14), and second in tackles (73). In 28 career games, Oluokun has 145 tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, six pass break-ups and four sacks.

WUSTL PICKED TO WIN UAA TITLE - Washington U. was selected as the favorite in the 2014 UAA Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Bears are seeking their third straight and 11th conference title in school history. Case Western Reserve University and the University of Chicago tied for second in the preseason poll, while Carnegie Mellon University was fourth.

WINNING WAYS - Washington U. ended the 2013 regular season winning its last seven regular-season games. The seven-game win streak is tied for the longest winning streak in a regular season in school history, and overall is the third-longest in school history.

DEFENSE STANDS TALL - Washington U.'s defense stood tall during the Bears' seven-game winning streak to end the 2013 regular season:

• Allowed 76 points (10.9 per game), including a pair of shutouts
• Gave up 1,814 yards of total offense (259.1 yards per game)
• Registered eight interceptions, 13 sacks and 45 tackles for loss

NOT HOLDING AT 21 - Washington U. sports a 121-20 (.858) record when scoring at least 21 points in a game under head coach Larry Kindbom. Dating back to the 2007 season, the Bears have won their last 24 games when exceeding 21 points.

UAA DOMINANCE – Washington U. has won a conference-best 10 UAA titles, and is 59-27 (.686) all-time in league play.

KINDBOM RANKS AMONG DIVISION III'S BEST – Washington University in St. Louis head coach Larry Kindbom is in his 31st season as a Division III head coach, and ranks fourth in NCAA Division III victories by active coaches. Kindbom was 28-30-1 (.475) in six seasons at Kenyon College, and is 156-95 (.622) in 25 years at Washington University, for a career mark of 184-125-1 (.595).

Rk. Coach-School Wins
1. Rick Giancola - Montclair St. 218
2. Michael DeLong - Springfield 192
3. Mike Drass - Wesley 186
4. Steve Johnson – Bethel 185
5. Larry Kindbom - Washington U. 184
    Rich Lackner - Carnegie Mellon 184
7. Barry Streeter - Gettysburg 178
    Vic Wallace - Rockford 178
9. Norm Eash – Illinois Wesleyan 173
10. Jim Margraff – Johns Hopkins 167

HALLWACHS NAMED TO FRED MITCHELL WATCH LIST – For the second-straight year, junior Alex Hallwachs was one of 36 kickers named to the 2014 Fred Mitchell Award Watch List.  Hallwachs, a first-team all-UAA selection in 2013, was first in the league in scoring (45 points), field goals (eight) and PAT kicking percentage (95.5). He was 8-of-14 on field goals and 21-of-22 in extra points. Hallwachs is a New Dimensions volunteer via the Koaches 4 Kids organization, and also volunteered for eight weeks to help young children in the inner city developing leadership, self-motivation and teamwork skills through soccer.

BEARS HEAD TO SAA IN 2015 – Washington U. will join the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) as an affiliate member for the start of the 2015 season. The Bears will maintain their three-game UAA schedule with Carnegie Mellon, Case Western Reserve and Chicago. Officially formed in June 2011 and spanning six states, the SAA includes Berry College (Ga.), Birmingham-Southern College (Ala.), Centre College (Ky.), Hendrix College (Ark.), Millsaps College (Miss.), Oglethorpe University (Ga.), Rhodes College (Tenn.) and Sewanee: The University of the South (Tenn.). While WUSTL and  Chicago will affiliate their football programs with the SAA, fellow UAA members Case Western Reserve and Carnegie Mellon became affiliate members of the President Athletic Conference (PAC) in 2014.

UP NEXT - The Bears play their first road game of the 2014 season Saturday, Sept. 13, at Rhodes College. Game time is set for 6 p.m. at Fargason Field in Memphis.