Menominee, Wis. - The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
football team earned a 21-3 victory at UW-Stout Saturday afternoon at
Williams Stadium. The Eagles improve to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the
Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) while the Blue
Devils fall to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
UW-L took the opening kickoff and drove 75 yards in seven plays and 2:56 as Trent Cummings threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Alex Lepp. Matt Van Druten's extra-point made it 7-0.
After each team was forced to punt, UW-Stout cut the lead to 7-3 on Ricky Marteney's 42-yard field goal with 3:18 remaining in the first quarter. The Blue Devils went 46 yards in 10 plays and 3:19.
Each team punted on its next two possessions before Van Druten missed a 35-yard field goal attempt with 3:43 left in the second quarter. After forcing a Blue Devils' punt, the Eagles drove to UW-Stout's 46-yard line, but Cummings was intercepted by Jake Schiff.
UW-Stout's Hank Kujak was then intercepted by UW-L's Jon Becker at the Eagles' 31-yard line. Becker returned the interception 46-yards to the UW-Stout 23-yard line, but time ran out in the half. UW-L led 7-3 at halftime.
The game featured seven punts in the third quarter. On the second play of the fourth period, UW-L's Ben Hertrampf scored on a 50-yard run with 14:45 left in the game to give the Eagles a 14-3 lead after Van Druten's extra-point. The Eagles went 63 yards and five plays in 1:30.
Becker recorded his second interception of the game on UW-Stout's next possession, intercepting Kujak in the Eagles' end zone. UW-L then drove 80 yards in eight plays and 3:14 as Cummings threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Tony Favre. Van Druten's extra-point made it 21-3 with 8:34 left.
UW-Stout drove to UW-L's seven-yard line in its next possession, but Kujak threw three straight incompletions.
UW-L finished with 453 yards of offense, including 274 rushing and 179 passing. Hertrampf recorded 168 yards rushing on 27 carries (6.2 average) with one touchdown. Jude Williams had 75 yards rushing on 15 attempts (5.0) while Matt Dobson finished with 36 yards on three carries (12.0). Cummings was 11-of-21 passing for 179 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked three times.
Hertrampf (28 yards) and Chris Stackhouse (23) each had two catches for the Eagles. Samuel Zwieg had 52 yards on one reception while Lepp had one catch for 39 yards and one touchdown.
UW-Stout totaled 327 yards, including 157 rushing and 170 passing. Adolfo Pacheco finished with 65 yards rushing on 14 carries (4.6 average) while Kujak was 18-of-39 passing for 164 yards with two interceptions. He was sacked twice.
Brian Alvarez had four catches for 57 yards.
UW-L had 21 first downs while going five-of-14 on third-down. The Eagles won the time of possession, 32:50 to 27:10. UW-Stout finished with 17 first downs and were five-of-18 on third-down. Each team punted eight times.
Jay Wussow led UW-L's defense with 10 tackles while Jake Perner and Shane Rockweiler each had eight. Brett Benson totaled seven tackles. Wussow had two pass break-ups. Rockweiler finished with 1.5 sacks while Lucas Schmitz recorded 0.5.
Tyler Naatz led UW-Stout with nine tackles.
UW-L returns to action Saturday, October 26 hosting UW-Stevens Point at 1 p.m.
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