October 8, 2011

Titans Hold Off Blugolds With Late Defensive Stand

More news about: UW-Oshkosh

The UW-Oshkosh defense forced incomplete passes on the last four plays to clinch a 23-16 football victory over UW-Eau Claire on Saturday (Oct. 8) in Eau Claire.

After the Blugolds (3-2/1-1 WIAC) earned a first down at the Titan five-yard line, Austin Neu had his attempts at the end zone fall harmlessly to the ground. On fourth down with two seconds left, Neu's throw to Mike O'Connell came up short and capped UW-Oshkosh's (4-1/2-0 WIAC) second-half comeback.

The Titans' defense scored two points in the second half while allowing none. Despite averaging 240 passing yards per game, UW-Oshkosh totaled just 68 for the game. The rushing attack made up for it with 241 yards, including 89 on 18 carries by Cole Myhra (So. • Menomonee Falls). The Titans also kept numerous drives alive by converting 4-of-6 fourth-down chances.

UW-Eau Claire amassed a quick 13-0 lead in the opening quarter. On the game's first possession, Neu connected with David Goodman for gains of 35 and 12 yards. Joel Sweeney then ran in from two yards out to take a 6-0 advantage.

On their first defensive snap, the Blugolds' Kalan Stittleburg intercepted a pass and returned it to the 31-yard line. UW-Eau Claire needed just eight plays from there, as Sweeney rushed the last three times and scored a one-yard touchdown to make it 13-0.

The Titans put together a 13-play drive to cut into their deficit. Nate Wara (Jr. • Oshkosh) had runs of seven, five and three yards, with the final one converting a fourth down. UW-Oshkosh had a 4th-and-14 on the edge of field goal range, so Wara fired to Wesley Price (Sr. • San Mateo, Calif.) for a 27-yard pickup. Justin Budiac (Sr. • Mukwonago) then registered a two-yard scoring run with 13:56 left in the second quarter.

A 14-play drive by the Blugolds ended with a 31-yard Josh Albrecht field goal, upping the lead to 16-7. Alex Plaster hauled in a 33-yard pass to start another threat later in the quarter. However, Sweeney fumbled at the one-yard line during the closing seconds to waste a prime scoring opportunity.

Neither offense tallied during the third quarter, but Kyle Calhoun (Sr. • Waukesha) downed a punt at the Blugolds' one-yard line. On the next play, Sweeney got trapped in the end zone for a safety that cut the margin to 16-9.

UW-Oshkosh's game-tying drive consumed 5:03 and spanned the third and fourth periods. All 13 plays on the drive were runs, including gains of 17, 12 and nine yards by Wara. The 17-yard scamper on 4th-and-4 moved the Titans within yards of pay dirt. Wara then faked a handoff and plunged in for a one-yard score with 13:01 remaining.

The Titan defense came up clutch again with a three-and-out. The offense then ran on its next nine plays, utilizing a 29-yard burst from Budiac. On 4th-and-1 from the two-yard line, Budiac plowed his way in to give UW-Oshkosh its first and only lead of the day. The Titans held on for the final 7:42 by forcing a punt and running 4:40 off the clock, before stopping the Blugolds as time expired.

In a battle of two potent offenses, each squad achieved 18 first downs. UW-Eau Claire outgained its homecoming visitors, 329-309, with Neu passing for 212 yards. Goodman led the way with six catches for 83 yards, while Sweeney marked 79 rushing yards. Sean Graham topped the Blugold defense with 13 tackles, as Jimmy Hall booked 10 stops and two sacks.

Wara tried just 12 passes, but he contributed 65 rushing yards. Budiac tacked on 64 yards (11 carries) while scoring his fourth touchdown in two weeks. Four Titans caught a pass, with Charlie Weissman (Sr. • Colgate) totaling two grabs for 20 yards. Ryan Stefaniak (So. • Muskego) starred in leading UW-Oshkosh's defense with nine tackles and two sacks. The Titans also received six solo tackles from Nick Jolin (Jr. • Three Lakes) and five solo tackles and one assisted tackle from Taylor Goodman (Jr. • South Wayne).

The Titans, who are 4-1 for the first time since 2007, opened WIAC play 2-0 for the second straight year. Jeremy Roach (Sr. • Deerfield) also recorded a milestone by upping his career kick return yardage to 2,027. That figure is a new school record and the second-highest total in league history.

UW-Oshkosh has its fourth road game in five contests when it faces UW-Platteville on Saturday (Oct. 15).

comments powered by Disqus
Sep. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Christopher Newport 31, at N.C. Wesleyan 28
Box Score
Sep. 19: All times Eastern
Final
Framingham State 29, at Fitchburg State 26
Box Score Recap
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
1st - 10:26
7 RPI
0 Castleton State
Preview Live Stats Video Tickets
1st - 11:18
6 Maine Maritime
0 Massachusetts Maritime
Preview Preview Live Stats Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Gallaudet at Rochester
Live Stats Video Audio
1st - 10:24
0 Alfred State
0 Husson
Preview Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Randolph-Macon
Live Stats Video Audio
6:58 1st
7 Moravian
3 Johns Hopkins
Live Stats Video Audio
1st - 10:30
0 Frostburg State
6 Utica
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Alfred at Buffalo State
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Newport News Apprentice at Catholic
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Becker at Nichols
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wesleyan at Middlebury
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Worcester State
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Hamilton at Tufts
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Bates at Amherst
Preview Live Stats
1:00 PM
Colby at Trinity (Conn.)
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Salve Regina at William Paterson
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Stevenson
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Allegheny at Hiram
Live Stats Live Stats Video Video
Final
at $event.winner.name $event.winner.result, $event.loser.name $event.loser.result
Box Score
1:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at St. Vincent
Preview Video
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Thiel
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
Final
at $event.winner.name $event.winner.result, $event.loser.name $event.loser.result
Box Score
1:00 PM
Endicott at Kean
Live Stats Video
Start of 1st
0 Coast Guard
0 Hampden-Sydney
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Averett
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Albright at Widener
Live Stats Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Hobart at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
LaGrange at Greensboro
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Dickinson
Live Stats Video Audio
Final
at $event.winner.name $event.winner.result, $event.loser.name $event.loser.result
Box Score
1:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Misericordia
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Juniata at Gettysburg
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Lincoln (Pa.) at Montclair State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wabash at Denison
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Bethany at Westminster (Pa.)
1:00 PM
Mount Ida at Springfield
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Hartwick at Ithaca
Live Stats
Final
at $event.winner.name $event.winner.result, $event.loser.name $event.loser.result
Box Score
1:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Minnesota-Morris
1:00 PM
Huntingdon at Methodist
Video Video
1:30 PM
Ohio Northern at Baldwin Wallace
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Capital
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Franklin at Anderson
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Carnegie Mellon at Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
King's at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Geneva at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Muskingum
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Mount St. Joseph at Defiance
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Earlham at Manchester
Live Stats Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Bowdoin at Williams
Video
Final
at $event.winner.name $event.winner.result, $event.loser.name $event.loser.result
Box Score
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at TCNJ
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Marietta at Otterbein
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hope at Lakeland
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Olivet at Aurora
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Trine at Rockford
Live Stats Audio
Final
at $event.winner.name $event.winner.result, $event.loser.name $event.loser.result
Box Score
2:00 PM
North Park at Washington U.
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Wisconsin Lutheran
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at Wheaton (Ill.)
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Tickets
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at St. John's
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Bethel
Live Stats Video
Final
at $event.winner.name $event.winner.result, $event.loser.name $event.loser.result
Box Score
2:00 PM
Hamline at Gustavus Adolphus
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Stetson at Birmingham-Southern
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Trinity (Texas) at Sul Ross State
Preview Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Occidental at Austin
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Central
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Luther
Video
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at Coe
Audio
2:00 PM
Eureka at Greenville
2:00 PM
Westminster (Mo.) at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Loras at Augustana
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Texas Lutheran at Louisiana College
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Simpson
Live Stats Video
2:30 PM
Rose-Hulman at Hanover
Preview Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
Plymouth State at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
3:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Wayland Baptist
Live Stats Video Audio
3:00 PM
Lewis and Clark at Whittier
Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
Willamette at Cal Lutheran
Live Stats Video Audio
3:30 PM
Alma at Concordia-Chicago
Live Stats Video
3:30 PM
Carroll at Lake Forest
Live Stats Video
3:30 PM
Whitworth at La Verne
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Westfield State at Mass-Dartmouth
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
Crown at St. Scholastica
Live Stats Live Stats Video
6:00 PM
DePauw at Wittenberg
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio
6:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Brockport State
Live Stats Video Audio Tickets
6:00 PM
UW-River Falls at South Dakota Mines
7:00 PM
Guilford at Southern Virginia
@ Salem Stadium
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Oberlin
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Ferrum at Shenandoah
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Centre at Washington and Lee
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Kenyon at Ohio Wesleyan
7:00 PM
Wilkes at Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio
7:00 PM
Pacific at Dubuque
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
UW-Platteville at North Central (Ill.)
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Chicago at Elmhurst
Preview Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at UW-La Crosse
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at South Dakota State
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:30 PM
Adrian at Benedictine
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
UW-Stout at Wartburg
Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
Martin Luther at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
Southwestern at East Texas Baptist
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
10:00 PM
Rhodes at Pomona-Pitzer
Preview Live Stats Video
10:00 PM
Linfield at Redlands
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
Sep. 20: All times Eastern
6:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Brockport State
Live Stats Video Audio Tickets
6:00 PM
DePauw at Wittenberg
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio
8:00 PM
UW-Stout at Wartburg
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at South Dakota State
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
UW-Platteville at North Central (Ill.)
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at UW-La Crosse
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Linfield at Redlands
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Whitewater at TCNJ
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Mount Union at Muskingum
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Heidelberg at John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
King's at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio
Final
at $event.winner.name $event.winner.result, $event.loser.name $event.loser.result
Box Score
Start of 1st
0 Coast Guard
0 Hampden-Sydney
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Wabash at Denison
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Thomas More at Thiel
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Hartwick at Ithaca
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Hobart at Curry
Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio Audio
6:58 1st
7 Moravian
3 Johns Hopkins
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Bethel
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at Wheaton (Ill.)
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Tickets
2:00 PM
Illinois Wesleyan at Simpson
Live Stats Video

What We're Reading