The No. 2-ranked UW-Whitewater football team overcame a fourth-quarter deficit for the third consecutive game, scoring 11 unanswered points to defeat host UW-La Crosse a 32-22 on Saturday afternoon in front of a Veterans Memorial Stadium record 5,373 spectators.
Former Sauk Prairie defensive back Bailey Breunig had an interception and former Stoughton linebacker Alex Zacharias forced a fumble for the Warhawks, who had four takeaways in all in moving into sole possession of first place in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Running back Drew Patterson rushed for 155 yards, had 60 receiving and scored two touchdowns for Whitewater.
The Eagles led 22-21 entering the fourth quarter, but the Warhawks drove 75 yards in six plays and Patterson, who ran for 61 yards on the march, scored on a 13-yard run. Chris Nelson hit tight end Tony Gumina for the 2-point conversion to give Whitewater a 29-22 lead.
La Crosse drove inside the Warhawks’ 15-yard line on the ensuing drive, but Zacharias forced a fumble inside the 10-yard line and linebacker Matt Seitz recovered.
On the next drive, back-to-back screen passes from Cole Wilber to Patterson yielded a combined 60 yards to set up a 26-yard field goal by Will Meyer to make it a 10-point game with 5:14 remaining. The Eagles drove near midfield on the next drive, but UW-Whitewater turned them over on downs and ran out the clock to post the victory.
Wilber completed 15-of-22 passes for 166 yards.
UW-Platteville 45, UW-River Falls 14
Dan Arnold caught seven passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns to lead the host and seventh-ranked Pioneers past the Falcons.
Platteville’s Tom Kelly completed 18 of 38 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.
UW-Oshkosh 13, UW-Stevens Point 3
Dylan Linzenmeyer scored the game’s only touchdown early in the second quarter on a 10-yard run and the fifth-ranked Titans beat the host Pointers.
UW-Stout 30, UW-Eau Claire 7
Adolfo Pacheco rushed for 111 yards and a TD on 11 carries to lead the host Blue Devils past the Blugolds in Menomonie.