Rob Gallik threw for 319 yads and three touchdowns to lead the Titans to a 44-7 win over North Park on Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo courtesy IWU Sports)
By Eric Stock
CHICAGO - Illinois Wesleyan scored 44 unanswered points after a North Park fumble recovery for a score as the Titans cruised to a 44-7 win over the Vikings in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin matchup.
Wesleyan quickly bounced back after Doug Ivy's 86-yard return from a Rob Gallik fumble midway through the first quarter. The Titans marched 65 yards for the first of three consecutive touchdown drives as Gallik connected with Alex Garvey on a 30-yard touchdown toss.
"You've got to response to those situations and good football teams do and we think we have a good football team. That's exactly what we want our kids to do and we got momeuntum back," Eash said.
Gallik's fumble was a rare mistake on an otherwise sharp day for the junior quarterback. He completed 14 of his first 16 passes on his way to a 319-yard passing day. He threw for three touchdowns in the first half and ran for a fourth score in the third quarter that began to put the game out of reach.
Alex Garvey led the Titans with nine receptions and 127 yards.
Eash said the Vikings tried to take away the running game, so they had to beat them with the pass.
"That's frustrating because you do want to establish the running game, but you've got to be careful that you don't end up in unmanageable downs. We had to throw the ball today, so we had to give (Gallilk) some time which I thougt we did and Robbie got the ball to the receivers and that's what opened things up really," Eash said.
The Vikings played three quarterbacks in the absence of injured three-year starter Tyler Krebs. NPU completed just three passes for 11 yards.
IWU improves to 5-0, 2-0 in the CCIW, handing the Vikings their 26th consecutive loss in the series.
The Vikings fall to 1-4, 0-2 in the league.
The Titans will host Carthage next Saturday on homecoming.
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