Sophomore Drew Patterson rushed for three first-half touchdowns and sophomore Cole Wilber threw for two scores in his first start to lead host UW-Whitewater to a 51-3 victory over The College of New Jersey in a non-conference season-opening football game Saturday afternoon at Perkins Stadium.
The Warhawks, ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, rolled up 481 total yards, including 357 in the first half against the Lions en route to their 13th consecutive season-opening victory.
Wilber finished 14 of 18 for 191 yards.
Sophomore quarterback Ryan Curran, a former Sun Prairie athlete, was 8-for-9 passing for 75 yards in relief of Wilber and capped the scoring in the fourth quarter with an 11-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Josh Ringelberg.
UW-Platteville 35, George Fox (Oregon) 0
Senior quarterback Tom Kelly completed 30 of 44 passes for 331 yards and five touchdowns to lead the 12th-ranked Pioneers over the host Bruins in Newberg, Oregon.
Senior Quinn Buschbacher had a team-high 13 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown and Dan Arnold had eight catches, including two touchdowns, for 105 yards. Patrick Sheehan also made a pair of touchdown receptions.
UW-Oshkosh 33, John Carroll (Ohio) 14
Brett Kasper threw for two touchdowns and Devon Linzenmeyer ran for 106 yards and two scores to lead the sixth-ranked and host Titans over the Blue Streaks.
UW-Stevens Point 37, St. Norbert 14
Kyle Larson threw five touchdown passes to lead the Pointers over the host Green Knights in De Pere.
Coe (Iowa) 35, UW-River Falls 20
Trevor Heitland scored four touchdowns to lead the host Kohawks past the Falcons in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Sawyer Moon threw two late touchdowns to Griff Christensen for UW-River Falls.
UW-La Crosse 45, Luther (Iowa) 14
Tarek Yaeggi ran for a score and threw two more and Tyler Jenkins rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles beat the host Norse in Decorah, Iowa.
St. Thomas (Minn.) 42, UW-Eau Claire 6
JT Denhartog hit Brody Diggins with a 63-yard scoring pass in the first quarter, but it was all downhill thereafter against the fourth-ranked Tommies, who responded against the host Blugolds with six unanswered touchdowns.
UW-Stout 45, Simpson (Iowa) 30
Jay Alston threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns, including strikes of 69 and 70 yards to Jordan Dabney as the host Blue Devils outscored the Storm in Menomonie.
Dabney caught five passes for 223 yards.