Oshkosh, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
football team fell 30-6 at ninth-ranked UW-Oshkosh Saturday afternoon at
J.J. Keller Field at Titan Stadium. The Eagles drop to 0-5 overall and
0-2 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) while
the Titans improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference. UW-Oshkosh
is ranked on this week's American Football Coaches Association (AFCA)
Top-25 Poll and on the D3football.com Top-25 Poll.
UW-L took the opening kickoff and drove 64 yards in 11 plays and 5:11 as Matt Van Druten connected on a 33-yard field goal attempt for a 3-0 lead. Andy Sires went three-of-four passing on the drive, including a 36-yard pass to Jeff Haffemann to the UW-Oshkosh 16-yard line.
The Titans took their opening drive and tied the game at 3-3 as Nate Ray hit a 22-yard field goal. UW-Oshkosh went 61 yards in 10 plays and 3:24.
After UW-L was forced to punt on its next possession, Ray connected on a 25-yard field goal wiht 1:34 left in the opening quarter to give UW-Oshkosh a 6-3 lead. The Titans went 56 yards in 12 plays and 3:18. The Eagles punted on their next drive and it took only one play for the Titans to take a 13-3 lead as Dylann Rauch threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Cole Myhra on the final play of the first quarter.
The game remained 13-3 at halftime as Sires threw two interceptions in UW-Oshkosh territory in the second quarter. Van Druten also had two punts for the Eagles. The Titans were forced to punt three times in the second quarter.
UW-Oshkosh took the second half kickoff and drove 55 yards in four plays and 1:25 with Myhra scoring on a six-yard run to give the Titans a 20-3 advantage. After the teams traded punts, Van Druten cut the lead to 20-6 on a 43-yard field goal with 7:22 left in the third quarter. The drive was set-u after Gavn Marquart's 28-yard punt return to the UW-Oshkosh 34-yard line. UW-L went eight yards in six plays and 2:37 for the field goal.
The Titans extended their lead to 27-6 on the first drive of the fourth quarter with Nick Olla throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass to Zach Kasuboski with 12:24 remaining in the game. UW-Oshkosh went 62 yards on eight plays and 2:58.
Ray converted on his third field goal of the game with 7:13 left, this one from 42-yards. The drive went six yards on four plays in 1:26. The Titans took over at the Eagles' 31-yard line after Trent Cummings was intercepted by Branden Lloyd.
UW-L finished with 198 yards of offense, including 58 rushing and 140 passing. Jude Williams led the Eagles with 32 yards rushing on 10 carries while Ben Hertrampf had 29 yards on 15 attempts. Sires was eight-of-21 passing for 90 yards with two interceptions while Cummings finished five-of-10 for 50 yards with one interception. Haffemann had four catches for 70 yards.
The Eagles were three-of-15 on third-down.
UW-Oshkosh totaled 369 yards of offense, including 158 rushing and 211 passing. Myhra finished with 65 yards rushing and one touchdown on 13 attempts while Olla was 17-of-24 passing for 157 yards and one touchdown. Myhra also had five catches for 75 yards and one touchdown.
The Titans were two-of-14 on third-down and won the time of possession, 31:41 to 28:19.
Jay Wussow led UW-L with nine tackles while Andrew Walsh had eight tackles, including 2.0 quarterback sacks. Shane Rockweiler finished with six tackles. Lucas Schmitz also had 1.0 sack for the Eagles.
Ryan Stefaniak finished with 10 tackles for UW-Oshkosh, including nine unassisted. The Titans had six sacks, including 2.5 from Cody Huemmer and 2.0 from Dexter Charles.
UW-L returns to action Saturday, October 19 at UW-Stout at 1 p.m.
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