posted August 23, 2003

Orange & Blue versus Blue & Orange

The teams wear the same colors (orange & blue) and they'll both be seeking to maintain momentum when the Flying Dutchmen travel to Wheaton College for a non-conference football game on Saturday, Sept. 27.

Kickoff will be 1 p.m. CST (2 p.m. Michigan time).

The game will be broadcast by WHTC-AM (1450) and WFUR-FM (102.9). The WHTC broadcast will also be available on the internet via

Flying Dutchmen
Thunder Statistics


  • Wheaton brings a 2-0 record into the game while Hope is 1-1. The Thunder are nationally ranked.
  • The Hope/Wheaton series started in 1961. Wheaton holds a 10-7 advantage in the series, including a 49-30 victory in Holland last year. Two years ago Hope won at Wheaton (33-26) for the first time since 1966. The Dutchmen are 2-6 at Wheaton.
    When these teams meet they think offense. Over the past three seasons the combined average score of the teams has been 59.3 points per game.
  • The Flying Dutchmen have not played in two weeks since topping DePauw, Ind. 26-14. Wheaton is coming off a 29-10 victory over Rose-Hulman. Wheaton's other victory was over Alma of the MIAA, 35-24.
  • Each team has scored nine touchdowns through two games. Hope has scored three touchdowns by rushing and six from passes. Wheaton has rushed for seven touchdowns and passed for two.
  • Hope's total offense of 499.5 yards per game has come 24% from rushing and 76% from passing. Wheaton total offense of 441.0 yards per game has come 60% from rushing and 40% from passing.
  • Hope tailback Dan Bloemers has 214 yards on 49 carries (4.4 yards per carry) while Wheaton tailback Dan Price has 206 yards on 29 carries (7.1 yards per carry).
  • Hope quarterback Phil Butler has an NCAA pass efficiency rating of 145.18 with 51 completions in 87 attempts for 756 yards and six touchdowns. Wheaton quarterback Chad Bradley has an NCAA pass efficiency rating of 106.71 with 26 completions in 51 attempts for 355 yards and two touchdowns. Each quarterback has been intercepted four times.
  • The Flying Dutchmen have committed five turnovers in two games against just one by their opponents. Wheaton has lost the football nine times to turnovers against their opponents' seven.