LA CROSSE, Wis. — No. 1 Wisconsin-Whitewater easily defeated Wisconsin-La Crosse 26-7 on Saturday night in their season opener.
UW-W gained 421 yards and held La Crosse to 119, 40 of those passing. Whitewater was 7-16 on third down conversions, UW-L 2-11, and the Warhawks were 5-5 in red zone conversions and the Eagles 1-1.
Quarterback Matt Blanchard went 18-30 for 248 yards, no touchdowns or interceptions for the Warhawks. Luke Menzel caught five balls for 61 yards
La Crosse quarterback Mike Butterfield was 4-10 for 19 yards, one interception and rushed for his team’s only touchdown. Lee Lauters carried the ball 15 times for 89 yards for UW-L.
The victory upped UW-W’s win streak to thirty-one games, longest in NCAA football — any division. Whitewater’s last loss was to Mount Union in the 2008 Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.
No. 3 Wesley 34, East Texas Baptist 10
DOVER, Del. — Wesley used four interceptions to pull away from a pesky East Texas Baptist squad at Scott D.Miller Stadium.
The Tigers took the opening kick and moved the ball to the Wesley four over the course of the opening nine minutes. Three consecutive penalties on the offense, however, moved the ball back to the 14 and Chris Mayes blocked a field-goal attempt.
The Wolverines missed a field goal on the ensuing possession and the Tiger offense put up three plays of 20-plus yards over a six-play drive capped by a 31-yard catch and run by Jacob Stone on a pass from Sed Harris.
Redlands 35, No. 4 North Central 29
REDLANDS, Calif. — No. 4 North Central was unable to protect a large early lead in its season opener on Saturday, yielding 28 second-half points and losing by a 35-29 count to Redlands at Ted Runner Stadium. Chad Hurst’s touchdown run from four yards out with 24 seconds left proved to be the winning margin for the Bulldogs.
The Cardinals outgained Redlands and owned more than a 10-minute advantage in time of possession, but a rash of defensive penalties and a second-half offensive outburst kept the Bulldogs in contention and ultimately propelled them to the win.
North Central’s Brad Crackel, who completed 20 of 33 passes for 213 yards, and Jordan Tassio, who led the Cardinals’ rushing attack with 67 yards on 16 carries, had strong performances in a losing effort.
Hurst led the Bulldogs in both passing and rushing as he racked up 275 yards through the air and added 60 yards on the ground to lead Redlands to the upset victory.
No. 5 St. Thomas 20, St. Norbert 7
Senior quarterback Dakota Tracy threw for a career-high 336 yards and the St. Thomas defense shut out St. Norbert over the last 3 1/2 quarters in Saturday’s 20-7 non-conference football win at O’Shaughnessy Stadium. It was the 2011 season-opener for both teams.
Senior WR Fritz Waldvogel became the St. Thomas career leader in receptions as he caught seven passes for 144 yards and scored his 30th career touchdown on a 62-yard reception in the second quarter. Waldvogel now has 225 catches for 3,178 receiving yards in 37 career games.
Tracy completed 18-of-34 passes for 334 yards with two intercepted. He threw for one touchdown and had two touchdown runs to improve to 16-1 on his career as a starter. Sophomore Dan Noehring caught three passes for 94 yards.
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