Wheaton, Ill., Oct. 19, 2019 – The Washington University in St. Louis football team fell behind early and could not rebound in a 52-13 loss at No. 5-ranked Wheaton College (Ill.) Saturday at McCallie Field in Wheaton, Ill.
Wheaton remained undefeated at 6-0 and 5-0 in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) with the win, while WashU fell to 4-2 and 3-2 in the CCIW. The Bears had their five-game road winning streak snapped.
The Thunder are one of 23 remaining unbeaten teams in NCAA Division III. WashU allowed 698 yards of total offense, the most since allowing 707 to Case Western Reserve on Oct. 29, 2016.
Wheaton jumped out to a 38-0 lead at halftime. The Bears punted eight times in the first half and were limited to 39 yards of total offense.
Senior quarterback Johnny Davidson scored from two-yards out midway through the fourth quarter to end the shutout.
Davidson finished the day 21-of-38 for 159 yards and was sacked seven times. Sophomore running back Melvin Aninagyei-Bonsu ran for a career-best 58 yards on nine carries. The Bears were limited to a season-low 205 yards of total offense.
Davidson averaged 43.0 yards per punt in the loss, and had three at 50+ yards and four inside the 20-yard line.
WashU concludes a two-road road trip at Illinois Wesleyan University (4-2, 4-1 CCIW) on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.
BEAR NOTEBOOK: Wheaton leads the all-time series with WashU 11-5 in a series that dates back to 1961 … WashU is 5-30 against ranked opponents since 2000 … Senior linebacker Jeff Marek record the fourth interception of his career … The 205 yards of total offense for WashU is the lowest total since 2013 – in a 10-0 loss at Coe.