Football Preview - Game #6 vs. No. 12 Wheaton

Photo by Dean Reid, d3photography.com
Photo by Dean Reid, d3photography.com

St. Louis, Mo., Oct. 9, 2018 – Washington University in St. Louis hosts No. 12-ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) (4-1, 3-1 CCIW) on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 1 p.m. to open the second half of the 2018 season. WashU (4-1, 3-1 CCIW) is coming off a 23-10 win at Elmhurst College on Oct. 6, and sits in a three-way tie for second-place in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) standings.

No. 12 Wheaton (4-1, 3-1 CCIW) at WashU (4-1, 3-1 CCIW)
Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018  •  1 p.m. (CT)
St. Louis, Mo.  •  Francis Field (3,300)

Download the complete WashU game notes by clicking HERE (PDF).

THE SERIES  – Wheaton leads the all-time series with WashU 10-4 in a series that dates back to 1961. The Thunder posted a 55-14 victory in the last meeting on Sept. 15, 2007 in St. Louis.

THE COACHES – WashU head coach Larry Kindbom (Kalamazoo, 1974) is in his 30th season at WashU, with a record of 181-115 (.611). His 181 wins rank him as the all-time winningest coach at WashU. Overall, in 36 seasons, Kindbom has a 209-145-1 (.590) overall record.

Wheaton head coach Mike Swider (Wheaton, 1977) is 193-50 (.794) in 23 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.

HOME SWEET HOME – WashU has posted a 22-6 (.786) record at Francis Field in the past six seasons. The Bears have won four-straight contests at home dating back to last season

COON PICKS UP PAIR OF HONORS – Senior linebacker Jake Coon was named the CCIW Player of the Week and to the D3football.com Team of the Week following his performance in WashU's 23-10 win at Elmhurst on Saturday. Coon led the Bears with 11 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and an interception, as WashU limited  Elmhurst to 234 yards of total offense (117 rushing, 117 passing).

COCCIA TAKES OVER KICKING DUTIES – Senior kicker Charles Coccia has emerged as the No. 1 kicker for WashU in his final season with the Red and Green. Coccia, a two-time CCIW Special Teams Player of the Week selection, leads NCAA Division III in field goal percentage (1.000, 6-for-6), and is seventh in field goals per game (1.50)

MEDIA COVERAGE – Saturday's contest vs. Wheaton will be broadcast live at no cost on the WashU Sports Network. Jay Murry will provide play-by-play. Live stats will also be available on the WashU Athletics website - washubears.com. The game will also be broadcast live on KWUR 90.3 FM.