Freshman running back Josh Ringelberg rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns and the host and No. 2 UW-Whitewater football team defeated Lakeland 45-27 on Saturday in a first-round NCAA Division III playoff game.

The Warhawks (11-0 overall) extended their home winning streak to a school-record 31 games and advanced to the second round, where they’ll face 17th-ranked Wittenberg (Ohio) — a 33-30 winner in four overtimes at No. 15 Thomas More (Ky.) — next Saturday at noon at a location to be determined today.

UW-Whitewater, which scored 24 of its 31 first-half points in the second quarter, finished with 263 yards rushing and 485 total yards while holding the Muskies (7-4) to 27 yards on the ground.

Senior quarterback Chris Nelson completed 8 of 15 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns for the Warhawks.

Lakeland 0 7 8 12 — 27

UW-Whitewater 7 24 14 0 — 45

W — Ringelberg 3 run (Meyer kick)

W — Ringelberg 8 run (Meyer kick)

W — Dess pass from Nelson (Meyer kick)

W — Gumina 49 pass from Nelson (Meyer kick)

L — Smith 93 pass from Whitley (Foss kick)

W — FG Meyer 41

W — Hudson 11 pass from Nelson (Meyer kick)

L — Byrd 62 interception return (Whitley run)

W — Ringelberg 3 run (Meyer kick)

L — Wynn 13 pass from Whitley (pass failed)

L — Harrison 7 pass from Whitley (run failed)

Team statistics

First downs — L 12, W 24. Rushing (att.-yds.) — L 26-27, W 59-263. Passing yards — L 339, W 222. Passes (comp.-att.-int.) — L 18-34-1, W 10-18-1. Fumbles-lost — L 2-1, W 2-2. Penalties-yds. — L 10-87, W 5-18. Punts-avg. — L 6-25.7, W 3-36.3. Time of possession — L 22:51, W 37:09.

Individual leaders

Rushing: L — Whitley 21-39. W — Ringelberg 27-142. Passing: L — Whitley 18-33-1-339. W — Nelson 8-15-1-214. Receiving: L — Smith 6-187. W — Hudson 4-71, Gumina 2-89.

No. 9 Saint John’s (Minn.) 32, No. 12 UW-Platteville 31

Dusty Krueger fought his way into the end zone on a fourth-and-goal play with 3 seconds remaining to lift the host Johnnies (10-1) over the Pioneers (8-3) in Collegeville.

Krueger tried ramming into the end zone from the right side, bounced back and dove again. The referees signaled touchdown after sorting through the pile.

The game featured five lead changes, including four in the final 19 minutes, on a field surrounded by more than four inches of snow that fell Friday.

Tom Kelly ran for a touchdown and threw for another — his school-record 37th this season — for Platteville, which led 31-20 early in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year Dan Arnold’s 12-yard touchdown reception was his 16th of the season, matching the school record.

“Since the first game of the season, this team has been aiming for the playoffs,” UW-Platteville coach Mike Emendorfer said. “We have set the bar high. We proved without a doubt that we deserved to be here.”

The Johnnies will face UW-Oshkosh in the second round.

UW-Platteville 7 0 17 7 — 31

Saint John’s 7 3 10 12 — 32

P — Kelly 3 run (Herkert kick)

SJ — Gillach 25 pass from Erdmann (Johnson kick)

SJ — FG Johnson 21

P — FG Herkert 25

SJ — FG Johnson 35

P — Arnold 12 pass from Kelly (Herkert kick)

SJ — Clark 82 kickoff return (Johnson kick)

P — Thompson 7 run (Herkert kick)

P — Studer 1 run (Herkert kick)

SJ — Sundly 19 pass from Erdmann (pass failed)

SJ — Krueger 1 run

Team statistics

First downs — P 18, SJ 22. Rushing (att.-yds.) — P 29-94, SJ 42-50. Passing yards — P 217, SJ 306. Passes (comp-att.-int.) — P 27-42-1, SJ 21-42-2. Fumbles-lost — P 0-0, SJ 1-0. Penalties-yds. — P 4-40, SJ 2-15. Punts-avg. — P 7-35.4, SJ 5-44.4. Time of possession — P 26:19, SJ 33:41.

Individual leaders

Rushing: P — Thompson 12-66. SJ — Krueger 20-73. Passing: P — Kelly 27-42-1-217. SJ — Erdmann 18-33-1-235. Receiving: P — Buschbacher 11-67, Arnold 7-68. SJ — Clark 5-71, Gillach 5-69.

No. 4 UW-Oshkosh 49, Washington University (Mo.) 13

Mitch Gerhartz rushed for 204 yards and a touchdown and Devon Linzenmeyer added two touchdowns as the host Titans (10-1) whipped the Bears (8-3).

Brett Kasper threw three scoring passes for the Titans.

UW-Oshkosh held a 608-314 advantage in total yards.

The Titans also converted 10 of 15 third downs and recorded two interceptions en route to owning a 37:55 to 22:05 advantage in time of possession.

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