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5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2019

5 burning questions for Western Illinois in 2019
Two close losses at the end of the season kept Western Illinois out of the FCS playoffs. A promising start to the season was lost thanks to two defeats by a total of seven points. Along with solving their November struggles, the Leathernecks will have to replace three-year starting quarterback Sean McGuire, one of the... Read more »

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule

Western Illinois Leathernecks Postseason Capsule
Western Illinois Leathernecks Missouri Valley Football Conference Head Coach:  Jared Elliott Overall Record:  5-5 Conference Record:  4-3 Biggest Win:  The Leathernecks knocked off No. 17 and future FCS playoff participant Northern Iowa 37-17 on Oct. 27. The victory marked the third consecutive season WIU posted at least two victories over a Top 25 team.  Most Frustrating Loss: Indiana State... Read more »

WIU lands seven on All-Missouri Valley teams

WIU lands seven on All-Missouri Valley teams
Seven proved to be a lucky number for Western Illinois football Monday when the Missouri Valley Football Conference announced its 2018 all-league teams. WIU landed seven on the postseason lists. First team recognition went to fullback Clint Ratkovich, defensive lineman Khalen Saunders and linebacker Pete Swenson. Receiver Isaiah LeSure, linebacker Quentin Moon, safety Justin Fitzpatrick and running... Read more »
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Last-second field goal ends Western’s playoff dream

Last-second field goal ends Western’s playoff dream
As the last-second Indiana State field goal soared through the uprights, Western Illinois saw the bottom fall out of its playoff chances. “We just didn’t make enough plays at the end of the day,” said head coach WIU head coach Jared Elliott of the 15-13 loss Saturday at Hanson Field in blustery Macomb. “That’s what... Read more »

WIU faces must-win scenario to keep alive playoff hopes

WIU faces must-win scenario to keep alive playoff hopes
Despite suffering a frustrating 17-12 loss last weekend at South Dakota, Western Illinois still feels it has a shot at making the 24-team FCS playoff field. “We’re going to move on and correct the things we need to correct and go find a way to beat Indiana State,” WIU head coach Jared Elliott said in... Read more »

Moving the Chains ... with WIU LB Pete Swenson

Moving the Chains ... with WIU LB Pete Swenson
Mention Pete Swenson’s hometown in north-central Iowa, and the Western Illinois linebacker will tell you about one of the coolest Fourth of July celebrations around. Swenson has provided plenty of fireworks on the field this season, leading the Missouri Valley Football Conference with 14 sacks and 23 tackles for loss.   In this edition of... Read more »
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Stalled running game damages Western Illinois playoff bid

Stalled running game damages Western Illinois playoff bid
In 2015, Bob Nielson coached his Western Illinois Leathernecks into the FCS playoffs. Saturday, as head coach of the South Dakota Coyotes, Nielson may well have prevented Western from the postseason. South Dakota shut down WIU’s offense for most of the game to post a 17-12 win in Missouri Valley Football Conference action. The loss,... Read more »

Western Illinois faces another road test in playoff quest

Western Illinois faces another road test in playoff quest
Like much of its season, the Western Illinois Leathernecks’ playoff hopes are teetering on the edge. With two games left in the regular season, WIU must win out to make the FCS playoff field. Step one is Saturday when the Leathernecks play at South Dakota. Western has built momentum, thanks to a three-game winning streak... Read more »

Western's 'complimentary football' yields upset of No. 17 Northern Iowa

Western's 'complimentary football' yields upset of No. 17 Northern Iowa
A week ago, Northern Iowa shut down the high-powered offense in an upset of Top 10-ranked South Dakota State. Yet, it was Western Illinois that looked like the highly rated team Saturday at Hanson Field in Macomb. The Leathernecks trounced No. 17 Northern Iowa 37-17, marking the second time this season WIU knocked off a... Read more »
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Western, revved-up run game face off against No. 17 UNI

Western, revved-up run game face off against No. 17 UNI
In stark contrast to last season, the Western Illinois run game has been in low gear this fall. That is, until the Leathernecks won last week at Missouri State, pounding out 260 yards on the ground. “We were able to get back that identity,” said WIU head coach Jared Elliott, whose team rushed for 80.2... Read more »