Football Preview – at No. 5 Wheaton (Ill.)

Football Preview – at No. 5 Wheaton (Ill.)

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 15, 2019 – Washington University in St. Louis travels to No. 5-ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 6 p.m. The Thunder have a one-game lead over the Bears in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) standings entering the second half of conference play. WashU is coming off a 47-7 win over Elmhurst Saturday in St. Louis.

WashU (4-1, 3-1 CCIW) at #5 Wheaton (5-0, 4-0 CCIW)
Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019  •  6 p.m. (CT)
Wheaton, Ill.  •  McCully FIeld (5,000)

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THE SERIES – Wheaton leads the all-time series with WashU 10-5 in a series that dates back to 1961. The Bears upset then No. 12 Wheaton (Ill.) 17-10 in the last meeting on Oct. 13, 2018 in St. Louis.

THE COACHES – WashU head coach Larry Kindbom (Kalamazoo, 1974) is in his 31st season leading the Bears, with a record of 189-117 (.618). His 189 wins rank him as the all-time winningest coach at WashU. Overall, in 37 seasons, Kindbom has a 217-147-1 (.596) overall record and has led the Bears to 13 conference titles and three NCAA Division III playoff appearances. He announced on Sept. 11 that he will be retiring at the end of the 2019 season.

Wheaton head coach Mike Swider (Wheaton, 1977) is 202-51 (.798) in 24 seasons as head coach of the Thunder. During Swider's tenure while leading Wheaton, the program has reached the NCAA playoffs nine times and won eight CCIW titles.

VARTANIAN EARNS CCIW AND UAA HONORS – Freshman kicker Chris Vartanian was named the CCIW and University Athletic Association (UAA) Special Teams Player of the Week. Vartanian set a school record with four field goals, all in the first half, in WashU's 47-7 win over Elmhurst on Saturday. Vartanian recorded 16 points in the win, and connected on field goals from 22, 42, 33 and 42 yards. On eight kickoffs, Vartanian had three touchbacks and limited Elmhurst to an average starting position of the 22-yard line.

DEFENSE STANDS TALL – During the current three-game winning streak, WashU's defense has allowed an average of 9.0 points and 206.3 yards per contest. The Bears have also limited opponents to two touchdowns in the last three games.

MEDIA COVERAGE – Saturday's contest at No. 5 Wheaton (Ill.) will be broadcast live on Wheaton TV at no cost. Live stats will also be available on the Wheaton Athletics website - The game will also be broadcast live on KWUR 90.3 FM.