Norm Eash's Titans end the season on a four-game losing streak after opening the season 6-0. (Photo by B Corbin/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
ELMHUST - Four consecutive touchdown drives weren't enough to prevent the Illinois Wesleyan Titans from suffering their first four-game losing streak since 1988.
The injury-depleted Titans dug themselves into a 28-10 hole late in the third quarter as IWU fell to Elmhurst, 35-31, in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game at Langhorst Field.
The Titans end the season at 6-4, 3-4 in the CCIW.
The win for Elmhurst (9-1, 6-1) gives the Bluejays a share of the CCIW title (with North Central and Wheaton) for the first time since 1980 and virtually assures the Jays an NCAA Div. III playoff berth.
Scott Williams rushed for 190 yards on 38 carries for the Bluejays.
Tyrell Bolden relieved Alec Starr at quarterback to start the second half. Bolden engineered touchdown drives on the final four drives of the game. Bolden rushed for one touchdown and threw for two scores.
The Bluejays were able to seal the win when quarterback Joe Furco leaped to the first down on a 4th-and-10 rollout in the final minute.
The Bluejays outgained Illinois Wesleyan 465-414.
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