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Central Washington Back to Winning Ways, 49-14 Win Over Dixie State

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Central Washington University senior Mike Reilly (Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS) tied the school's career record for touchdown passes, and the Wildcat defense scored a pair of touchdowns as part of a 49-14 rout of visiting Dixie State in Great Northwest Athletic Conference football action on Saturday afternoon at Tomlinson Stadium.

The Wildcats, ranked 12th this week by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and ninth by D2football.com, improved their overall record to 5-1 and their GNAC mark to 4-0. The win was also Central's 21st consecutive against a current member of the GNAC. Dixie State fell to 1-5 overall and remained winless in the GNAC at 0-4.

Reilly threw for 208 of his 212 yards and all four touchdowns in the first half. His final scoring pass to junior Johnny Spevak (Edgewood/Puyallup HS) with 40 seconds left in the second quarter was the 99th of his career, tying current NFL signal-caller Jon Kitna for the school's career record.

The Central offense scored a pair of touchdowns in the first quarter, with Reilly finding Mike Waller (Pomona, Calif./Todd Beamer HS [Wash.]) and Jamal Weems (Seattle/Cleveland HS) each scoring their first collegiate touchdown passes on grabs of 10 and 41 yards as the Wildcats built a 14-7 lead.

Four second-quarter touchdowns, including the first of two defensive scores on the day for Central, extended the margin to a 42-7 rout at the intermission. J.R. Hasty (Newcastle/Bellevue HS) scored on a three-yard run with 7:35 remaining, and the Wildcats added three scores in the final 2:16 of the period to take a five-touchdown advantage. Reilly connected with Spevak twice during that span, beginning with a 28-yard TD pass and finishing with the record-tying toss from 15 yards out. In between those two scores, senior Jason Gran (Buckley/White River HS) scored his first career touchdown after a 31-yard interception return.

In the third quarter, Dixie State controlled the football with more than 13 minutes of possession. However, Central Washington was the only team that scored in the period, and again it was the Wildcat defense coming away with the points as Jon Rogers (North Pole, Alaska/Ben Eielson HS) scooped up a Sione Tapuosi fumble at the Wildcats' 21-yard line and ran 79 yards down the sideline for a 49-7 advantage.

Dixie State scored the only points of the fourth quarter on its first play of the period. Teddy Owens, a starting linebacker, came in offensively and had his only carry of the game for a four-yard Dixie State touchdown that made it a 49-14 score.

Central Washington finished the game with just 295 yards of total offense, while Dixie State had 302 total yards. However, thanks in large part to the third-quarter deficit in time of possession, the Wildcats had the ball for just 27 minutes, 17 seconds in the contest, and played the majority of the fourth quarter with its reserves.

Hasty tied a CWU season-high with 19 carries for just 51 yards to anchor the Wildcats' running game. Reilly and Spevak connected for 122 of Central's 208 passing yards, with Spevak breaking the 100-yard barrier for the fifth time in six games this season. He also upped his career touchdown total to 31 and became just the second player in school history with 200 or more career receptions.

On defense, the Wildcats had five takeaways including three interceptions. Junior Jerome Williams (Seattle/Ballard HS) had two of those picks -- his third and fourth of the season -- to move into 10th on the school's career interception list. Central's linebackers again led the way in the tackle department, as Chris James (Tacoma/Bellarmine Prep), Adam Bighill (Montesano), and Anthony Le (Lacey/Timberline HS) had five stops apiece. Three other Wildcats, including two more linebackers, were credited with four tackles each and Central Washington finished the contest with seven tackles for loss. Marcus Ford (Sacramento, Calif./Grant HS) was credited with the only quarterback sack for the Wildcats, who came into the game leading the NCAA Division II with an average of five sacks per game.

Dixie State was led offensively by Adam Wells, who had 86 rushing yards on 20 carries. Reserve quarterback Nate Lewis finished as the team's passing leader with 109 yards on 11 of 20, while starter Dexter Hill was just 6 of 12 for 64 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Skyler Ence had Dixie's only receiving touchdown, one of his game-high eight receptions.

Central Washington will next face archrival Western Washington (3-2, 2-1 GNAC) at the sixth annual Wells Fargo Battle in Seattle, presented by Comcast, next Saturday (Oct. 11) at Qwest Field. The Vikings are the only conference team whom the Wildcats have not yet played this season.

NOTES: Central Washington swept an two-game season series from the same opponent for the 19th time in school history. The Wildcats had previously defeated Dixie State, 44-38 in overtime at St. George, Utah, on Aug. 30 ... Reilly extended his streak of attempts without an interception to a career- and school-record 141 attempts. His last interception thrown came against Mesa State on Sept. 6, and he has 18 touchdowns with just two interceptions this season ... Reilly also broke the school's career record for touchdowns responsible for. He has thrown or run for 110 career touchdowns, one more than Kitna's 109 ... Redshirt freshman Austin Burton (Graham/Graham-Kapowsin HS) had his first career reception in the fourth quarter ... Kicker Garrett Rolsma (University Place/Curtis HS) moved into sole possession of second on the school's career list for extra points made by nailing all seven attempts on Saturday. He is now 99 for 105 in his career ... Williams' fourth-quarter interception moved him into a tie with teammate J.R. Jamerson (Pasco) for 10th on the all-time interception list.
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