The UW-Whitewater football team had no trouble extending its home winning streak to 26 games Saturday.
The Warhawks (2-0), ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III, piled up 476 yards on the ground and forced eight turnovers in a 59-13 non-conference victory over Belhaven (Miss.).
UW-Whitewater trailed 13-10 in the second quarter before holding the Blazers (1-1) on a goal-line stand.
The Warhawks’ response? Try 49 unanswered points.
Sophomore running back Drew Patterson rushed for three touchdowns for the second straight game and finished with 22 carries for 227 yards for the Warhawks, who totaled 673 yards of offense.
Sophomore running back Jarrod Ware added 21 carries for 169 yards and a touchdown for UW-Whitewater while freshman Cam Maly, a former Middleton athlete, carried three times for 17 yards. He scored two touchdowns.
Junior defensive back Jake Gierlak had seven tackles and an interception to lead the UW-Whitewater defense, which forced two fumbles and intercepted six passes.
Colin Buck intercepted two passes while former Sauk Prairie athlete Bailey Breunig also picked off a pass.
UW-Platteville 26, St. Francis (Ill.) 7
Tom Kelly threw four touchdown passes, including two to Dan Arnold, and the host and No. 10 Pioneers (2-0) raced to a 26-0 lead and defeated the No. 14 Fighting Saints (0-2).
A long punt return set up the Pioneers’ first score.
One play after Dillon Villhauer returned a punt 78 yards to the USF 6-yard line, Kelly found Arnold in the end zone.
Kelly connected with Seth Kaufman on a 17-yard scoring strike midway through the second quarter.
Kelly and Arnold hooked up for their second touchdown from 11 yards late in the third quarter.
Kelly, who threw one interception, tossed his fourth touchdown with just more than 3 minutes left — an 11-yard completion to Patrick Sheehan.
UW-La Crosse 65, Ripon 14
Tyler Jenkins rushed 14 times for 105 yards and two touchdowns as the host Eagles (2-0) piled up 536 yards in a rout of the Red Hawks (0-2).
UW-La Crosse led 55-0 after three quarters.
Concordia-Moorehead (Minn.) 25, UW-Eau Claire 7
The host Cobbers (1-1) rushed for 295 yards and raced out to a 25-0 lead to defeat the Blugolds (0-2).
UW-Eau Claire scored in the final minutes on a 59-yard pass from JT Denhartog to Matthew Knapp.
St. Thomas (Minn.) 57, UW-Stout 17
The fourth-ranked Tommies (2-0) opened a 29-0 lead in the second quarter and rolled over the visiting Blue Devils (1-1) in St. Paul.
UW-Stout wide receiver Jordan Dabney (four receptions, 76 yards) scored twice, on a 42-yard pass from quarterback Jay Alston and on a 13-yard pass from quarterback Danny Farley.
Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 24, UW-River Falls 21
The host Gusties (2-0) returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown to build a 24-7 lead, then held on as the Falcons (0-2) rallied in the second half in St. Peter.
The Falcons drove to the Gusties’ 35-yard line before turning the ball over on downs in the final sequence.