LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - There's been a standard of some success for UW-La Crosse football this year against ranked opponents. The Eagles beat #6 North Central College in the season opener, but have had little recent success against UW-Platteville.
Saturday's game started with a great opening drive for the Eagles. Jared Stan ended it with a five-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0 UW-L.
Platteville wasted little time answering back. Bryce Corrigan found Paul Reit for a nine yard touchdown strike tying the game at seven. They scored twice more in the first quarter on Hank McIvor runs to make it a 20-7 Pioneers lead.
La Crosse tried to rally in the second. Andy Sires hit Jeff Haffeman on a 50-yard bomb driving deep into Platteville territory. That resulted in a field goal, cutting the deficit to 10 points.
It would be all Platteville after that. Corrigan threw two more touchdown passes and Travis Nelson ran for another to give UW-P the 40-10 win.
After the game, Eagles head coach Joel Dettwiler didn't beat around the bush.
"Our corners, honestly--not to pick on kids, did not play well at all," he said. "Our guys who are normally strikers and guys who tackle lost confidence. It was a snowball effect, definitely."
Safety Jake Meckstroth added, "They run their stuff and they run it well. We knew kind of what was coming. We knew they like to pass the ball. They ran zone, and we didn't stop it today collectively as a group."
"You know, you can maybe say we've been up and down," said UW-L QB Andy Sires. "It's just finding that consistency. From week-in to week-out, practice to practice, from film session to film session, we can't be having these up and downs."
Platteville put up more than 400 yards passing in the 30-point win. With the loss, the Eagles fall to 1-1 in the conference. They'll take on UW-Eau Claire on Saturday, October 13th in a game to be televised on WXOW. The pre-game show starts at 11:00 a.m. with kickoff set for 11:30.
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