WIAC football preview: UW-Platteville visits UW-River Falls on Saturday

After a victory over UW-Stout last week, the UW-Platteville football team visits UW-River Falls on Saturday

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No. 23 UW-Stout (2-1, 0-1) at HM UW-Whitewater (1-3, 0-1), 2 p.m.

Notes: Both teams lost their WIAC openers to higher-ranked teams last week, with UW-Oshkosh beating Whitewater, 37-20, and UW-Platteville edging UW-Stout, 34-27. Five weeks into the season, coach Kevin Bullis’ Warhawks are playing their first home game, and a large crowd is expected for Family Fest and Alumni Day. Whitewater drew to within three points of Oshkosh in the second half before giving up two late touchdowns to lose their conference opener for the first time since 2001. Junior running back Drew Patterson returned from an injury to run 23 times for 147 yards and a touchdown. … Stout outgained Platteville last week, 396-306, and held a three-point lead in the third quarter before crumbling under the weight of four turnovers and 14 penalties for 161 yards. Junior Jay Alston returned to the quarterback spot and threw for 235 yards, but had three picked off.

No. 9 UW-Platteville (4-0, 1-0) at UW-River Falls (3-1, 1-0), 1 p.m.

Notes: After rallying to beat Stout last week, Platteville is expecting another difficult test from a revitalized River Falls team that hammered UW-Eau Claire last week, 30-7. The Pioneers gave senior quarterback Jack Eddy his first start (he had been out with an illness), and he completed 22 of 36 passes for 245 yards and three TDs. Mark Johnson caught the game-winning touchdown and leads the WIAC with 35 catches. The defense held Stout three times in the late going, including a fourth-down stop on the Platteville 14-yard line with six seconds to play. … River Falls running back Michael Diggins leads the WIAC in rushing with 550 yards, including 158 yards and two TDs against Eau Claire last week. Sophomore linebacker Max Praschak ranks second in the WIAC with 38 tackles, including 23 solos.

UW-Stevens Point (3-1, 0-1) at No. 3 UW-Oshkosh (3-0, 1-0), 1 p.m.

Notes: After hammering UW-Whitewater at home last week, the Titans play host to a Pointers team smarting from its first loss of the season last week, a 35-13 drubbing against UW-La Crosse. Senior quarterback Brett Kasper threw for 339 yards and three touchdowns, including 10 catches for 207 yards by senior Sam Mentkowski. Mentkowski had a 96-yard touchdown catch. Also, senior Dylan Hecker carried 32 times for 190 yards and a score. … The Pointers’ defense produced all the scoring last week, as senior Blake Lehman returned an interception for a touchdown and junior Juleyan Givens returned a fumble for a score. The offense was held to 175 total yards.

UW-Eau Claire (1-3, 0-1) at HM UW-La Crosse (4-0, 1-0), 11:30 a.m.

Notes: The Eagles continued their solid start last week, handing UW-Stevens Point its first loss of the season. La Crosse notched six sacks, three by senior Brandon McKandes. Quarterback Tarek Yaeggi completed 20 of 36 passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns. … Eau Claire was stymied by River Falls last week, falling behind 17-0 in the early going before taking a 30-7 loss. Aside from one 73-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback J.T. DenHartog, Eau Claire totaled 17 additional yards rushing and had a time of possession of less than 21 minutes.


Wisconsin State Journal prep sports editor Art Kabelowsky has traversed the state to cover sports while working for daily papers in Fort Atkinson, Racine, La Crosse, Milwaukee and Baraboo.