Final, WIU 63-0
The Leathernecks dominated from start to finish. QU had just one good scoring chance as it opens the season with a loss.
Be back in a bit with a DOBservations rundown of the night at Hanson.
6:36, 4th quarter, WIU, 63-0
Dre Gibbs with a 7-yard TD run. Gibbs, the backup for Donaldson, looks more than capable of filling in. He’s bulled his way through the Hawks defense for most of the night and is now the team’s leading rusher.
Certainly, there’s at least one WIU fan in the stands saying, “I want to see 70! I want to see 70!”
End 3rd quarter, WIU 56-0
Again, only thing to look out for QU is to make sure everyone gets out healthy. Most of first-team defense is on the bench as is most of the first-team offense except for Donatucci, who needs the reps in QU’s offense.
5:43, 3rd quarter, WIU 56-0
Chris Porter 46-yard TD run. WIU’s second unit really starting to look comfortable playing together. QU’s defense clearly out of gas at this point.
9:59, 3rd quarter, WIU 49-0
WIU backup QB Zach Wells hits Todd Speight with a 5-yard TD pass to wrap up a long drive after Donatucci threw his second interception of the game. WIU kicker Taylor Rowan sets a Division I-AA record with 127th straight consecutive PAT.
Halftime, WIU, 42-0
This time around, the Leathernecks are getting what they paid for … an easy win.
WIU was impressive in the first 17 minutes it had its starters on the field. Herb Donaldson is a load. He did something I hadn’t seen in four years — run over QU senior linebacker Jacob Zsuppon. While they’re whipping up on the Hawks, it will be interesting to track the Leathernecks as they try to navigate their way through the Missouri Valley Football Conference, which is NCAA Division I-AA’s best.
QU has reached one of Bill Terlisner’s goals — to survive. The Hawks haven’t had any serious injuries yet. He’s hopeful, that stays the same in the second half.
WIU with 347 yards of offense to just 84 for QU.
Donaldson with 128 yards on 15 carries. Matt Barr with 151 yards on 6 of 8 passing.
QU’s Sam Donatucci is 10 of 19 for 56 yards and an interception. Corey Williams has 51 yards rushing on nine attempts.
More in the third quarter.
5:32, 2nd quarter, WIU, 42-0
QU stopped on fourth and goal from the 3 as a Donatucci pass intended for Kyle Volstad goes out of the back of the end zone. Close, but no cigar.
6:09, 2nd quarter, WIU 42-0
Western has its second team offense and defense in. QU made its first stop of the game and is close to pushing home a score.
12:57, 2nd quarter, WIU 42-0
WIU’s Victor Visoky jumps on a bad snap well over Sam Donatucci’s head for another score.
It’s getting ugly up in here.
13:13, 2nd quarter, WIU 35-0
Barr scrambles to hit tight end Matt Warner with a 40-yard touchdown pass. WIU now 5 for 5 — five possessions, five TDs.
End 1st quarter, WIU 28-0
After a promising first drive by the QU offense, the Hawks didn’t do much. QU picked up two first downs on its opening drive and just one after that.
QU defense is overmatched by the more powerful WIU offense. QU with 41 yards of total offense. Donatucci was 7 for 12 for 43 yards and an interception.
Highlight of the first quarter for QU fans was watching about a dozen hot air balloons take off near the stadium at the beginning of the game.
(2:27, 1st quarter, WIU 28-0)
Donaldson scores his third TD of the game on a 2-yard run. WIU took possession after a Sam Donatucci pass intended for true freshman receiver John Casselberry was tipped and intercepted by Patrick Stoudamire.
The folks in Macomb are downright giddy right now.
(2:45, 1st quarter, WIU 21-0)
Donaldson adds a 4-yard TD run, WIU 21-0. There will be no deja vu from 2004.
(7:02, 1st quarter, WIU, 14-0)
Big plays by WIU helps it push its lead to 14-0. Matt Barr hooks up with Anderson on a 49-yard pass play and Herb Donaldson had a 36-yard run. Donaldson pushes it home from the 2 for a 14-0.
(11:24, 1st quarter, WIU, 7-0)
WIU drives right down the field on QU. Chris Spears had a shot to sack WIU’s Matt Barr, but Barr hits Paul Anderson with a 23-yard TD pass on a third-and-9 for a 7-0 WIU lead.
5:55 p.m. (pregame)
It’s a beautiful night for football, an overcast sky and the temperature in the high 60s. There is a threat of rain, but it should, hopefully, hold off for the next three hours.
As is the case with most times the Hawks go play at Division I-AA schools, there is more action in the tailgating lots than there is in the stands. It will be a late-arriving student crowd.
Ten minutes to kickoff.
5:30 p.m. (pregame)
Greetings from Macomb, where Quincy University will kick off its 2008 season against Western Illinois tonight.
The Hawks will be trying to duplicate their magic from 2004 when they took WIU to the wire before losing 38-31. It will be tough for the Hawks to duplicate that feat tonight. WIU comes in to tonight’s game after nearly upsetting Arkansas last weekend before falling 28-24.
I’ll check in every so often with notes from tonight’s game.
If you want to listen in, turn your radio dial to AM 1440 in Quincy. If you’re out of the area, hook into the feed at www.wgemradio.com.