Tyler Hoosman ran for 82 yards and two touchdowns to lead Northern Iowa to a 34-20 victory over Western Illinois on Saturday in college football action. Connor Sampson was 40-of-58 passing for 355 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes and an interception for Western Illinois. Sampson’s 58 attempts were the most by a Leatherneck since Paul Singer threw 60 passes against Western Kentucky on November 26, 1988. WIU falls to 0-5 on the season with the loss.
The Western Illinois men’s soccer team (2-6-1, 2-4-1) took the field for its third straight home game on Sunday (March 28). Facing the Eagles of Central Methodist University, play began fast-paced from the jump with some exciting scoring. However, the Leathernecks ultimately fell 2-1 in concluding the afternoon. Western is back at home later this week for a Summit League series versus Kansas City to open up April. Things kick off on Thursday (April 1) at 3 p.m.
Protecting its home field in McKee Stadium for the first time in 700 approximate days, it was easy to see the excitement spread within the Western Illinois softball crew. The Leathernecks started the afternoon off with an early exclamation mark, defeating North Dakota State 6-2 in game one. The second outing went to the Bison in a shutout win.
Mariah Mitchell, Emma Norris, Cassie Hunt, and Abby Knoop wrapped their collegiate volleyball careers inside Western Hall Saturday (March 27). And while the decision didn’t fall in Western Illinois’ favor, there was plenty of excitement in the 3-0 (27-25, 25-23, 25-18) setback to South Dakota. Western wrapped its 2020 season 2-15 with a 2-13 mark in Summit League play; the wins occurred in a sweep over North Dakota.