(WXOW) - Division two and three college football teams put the finishing touches on their 2012 seasons on Saturday. For UW-La Crosse and Winona St. that meant two completely different things.
UWL had a chance to finish their year with a 5-5 record, but would have to beat defending national champion UW-Whitewater to do so. The Warhawks also entered Saturday's game winners of the last nine meetings between the teams.
Whitewater opened the scoring with a Desmin Ward 27-yard touchdown run, but neither team would score again before the half. The Warhawks led 7-0 at the break.
In the second half, three UWL turnovers became 17 Whitewater points. La Crosse failed to score, ending the season with a 24-0 shutout loss. The Eagles fell to 4-6 on the year.
On the other hand, Winona State looked to wrap up the regular season toward the top of the NSIC. They trailed, though, 10-0 to Concordia (St. Paul) early in Saturday's game.
The Warriors fought back starting with a beautiful 36-yard touchdown pass from John Teigland to Sean Hertz. Rayon Simmons Jr. added a pair of scores--one rushing, one receiving after that to help put WSU on top.
The Warriors prevailed in a dogfight winning 49-31 over Concordia. The win means WSU finishes the season third in the conference at 9-2.
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