UW-Oshkosh's 21-point outburst in third quarter downs Bethel (Minn.)
OSHKOSH, Wis. -- Cole Myhra and Caleb Voss combined for five touchdowns in UW-Oshkosh's 37-14 playoff win against Bethel University (Minn.) on Saturday.
The Titans (12-0) take their 14-game winning streak to Linfield on Saturday, Dec. 1 as they advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals.
UW-Oshkosh fell behind early against Bethel. The Royals (9-3) took a 14-0 lead on Mitch Hallstrom's fourth-down touchdown grab with 9:33 left in the second quarter. The Titans, who tallied 55 unanswered points against St. Scholastica on Nov. 17, shut out Bethel throughout the remaining 39 minutes.
On Bethel's second drive of the game, Erik Peterson found Hallstrom for a gain of 31 yards. Later that drive, Hallstrom caught a Peterson pass in stride for a 55-yard touchdown.
UW-Oshkosh's first five possessions of the contest ended with three punts and two interceptions. The second turnover was a pass off the receiver's hands that David Morgan snatched in the end zone.
The Royals drove to the two yard line and decided to go for it on fourth down. Hallstrom scored on a crossing route to make it 14-0.
"We're very unemotional, and that's probably because of me," UW-Oshkosh coach Pat Cerroni said. "We stay very even-keeled."
Ryan Stefaniak provided a big boost for the Titans during the final two minutes of the half. He intercepted a Bethel pass and returned it 23 yards into scoring range.
"I didn't get the play call," Stefaniak said. Coach Cerroni added that Stefaniak was supposed to blitz on that down.
On the next play, Myhra sprinted up the middle for 25 yards. He plunged into the end zone from one yard out to make it a 14-7 deficit at halftime.
Entering the game, Bethel had outscored its foes 115-10 in the third quarter this year. UW-Oshkosh posted a 21-0 margin in the third. The Titans' opening drive went 73 yards, including a 15-yard scramble by Nate Wara. Myhra capped the march with a 3-yard run to tie the score at 14.
Wara and Voss connected on the next two drives to put the game out of reach.
UW-Oshkosh's first series of the fourth covered 66 yards in six plays. Zach Kasuboski took a swing pass and ran 31 yards down the sideline. At the 16, Wara got the shotgun snap and pitched forward to Myhra. Cutting across the field, Myhra broke a tackle and crossed the goal line for his third touchdown of the day.
The game's final score came when Stefaniak and Taylor Goodman trapped the Bethel running back for a safety. Stefaniak finished with a game-high 13 tackles, while Goodman added 10. The Royals were led by 12 tackles from Morgan and 10 from Seth Mathis.
UW-Oshkosh totaled 462 offensive yards. The Titans dominated the second half with advantages of 344-74 in yardage and 18-4 in first downs.
Myhra surpassed the 140-yard rushing mark for the fifth consecutive game, compiling 177 on 26 carries. Wara finished 18-of-27 through the air for 232 yards, as Voss grabbed six balls for 93 yards.
Bethel totaled 300 yards. The Royals mustered just 28 yards on the ground, as Marshall Klitzke recorded 19 yards on 16 carries. Hallstrom caught nine passes for 133 yards, while Peterson completed 21-of-32 throws for 272 yards.