Trent Cummings threw for three touchdowns and the Eagles defense forced three turnovers Friday night as the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse beat Luther College 26-19 to open the 2015 season.
UW-L (1-0) moved the ball well in the first half at Roger Harring Stadium, but came away with just six points on a pair of Matt Van Druten field goals.
Luther opened the second half with a Brady Letney touchdown run to tie the game - the extra point was missed.
UW-L responded with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Cummings to Nick Holcomb and a 3-yard touchdown pass from Cummings to Joel Oxton to lead 20-6.
The Norse answered with a 3-yard touchdown run from fullback Christian Moore to close within 20-12 - the extra point was missed again - but Cummings found Mike Santucci for a 30-yard touchdown to increase the lead to 26-12.
Moore scored less than two minutes later on a 7-yard run for the game's final points, finishing with 117 yards on the night.
With about three minutes remaining, UW-L faced a 4th down at the Norse 10. The Eagles attempted a fake field goal, but Luther was ready and stopped it with ease, giving them the ball back.
The Eagles defense stepped up, forcing a turnover on downs at the UW-L 31 with half a minute remaining to seal the victory.
UW-L travels to Saint Thomas on Saturday, September 12.