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Blocked PAT dooms Eagles in WIAC opener

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River Falls, Wis. (WXOW) -

Matt Van Druten's game-tying extra point attempt was blocked in overtime Saturday, lifting UW-River Falls to a 21-20 win over UW-La Crosse at Ramer Field.

The Eagles fall to 0-1 in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play, and 1-3 overall.

It was the third straight year the two teams needed overtime to determine a winner, and the fifth overtime game in seven seasons. UW-L has three of those five games.

UW-L took an early 7-0 lead after Trent Cummings found Tommy Young for a 44-yard touchdown, capping a 3-play, 75-yard drive.

River Falls tied the game in the second quarter when Ryan Kusilek found Evan Verhota for a 6-yard touchdown.

Just before halftime, a botched punt gave the Eagles the ball deep inside Falcons territory. Cummings then connected with Joel Oxton for a 14-yard touchdown to give UW-L a 14-7 lead at halftime.

Neither team scored in the third quarter, but the Falcons tied the game once more in the fourth quarter on a Michael Diggins 3-yard touchdown run.

Both teams then forced an interception and missed a go-ahead field goal before the end of regulation, forcing overtime. River Falls scored on its first possession, handing the ball to Diggins seven times to find the end zone.

UW-L answered with a Cummings touchdown throw to A.J. Day to close within 21-20 before the extra point was blocked.

The Eagles now host UW-Stout (1-3) on Saturday, October 10 at Roger Harring Stadium.

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