/seasons/2013/contrib/20131208t1aux3

UW-Whitewater rallies in second half to knock off Linfield

More news about: Linfield

WHITEWATER, Wis. – Squaring off in a heavyweight battle of elite NCAA Division III unbeatens, fifth-ranked UW-Whitewater rallied from a 17-0 deficit with 28 unanswered points, knocking off No. 2 Linfield 28-17 in the West Region final of the NCAA Division III playoffs Saturday afternoon at frigid Perkins Stadium.

Jake Kumerow scored three touchdowns in the game's final 2½ quarters, all on medium-range passes from Matt Behrendt.

Linfield (11-1) saw its climb toward a second NCAA championship and fifth national title overall come to an end. UW-Whitewater (13-0) advances to play Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) in next week's semifinals. The Crusaders won 45-23 over St. John Fisher (N.Y) in another quarterfinal game on Saturday.

After taking a 17-0 lead, the UWW defense asserted itself, sacking Linfield quarterback Josh Yoder seven times in the second half and holding the Wildcats to 89 yards over the final 30 minutes.

Early momentum belonged to the Wildcats. Linfield scored on its opening possession, moving easily down the field in five plays and covering 66 yards. A 39-yard hookup from Yoder to Evan Peterson gave the Wildcats a first-and-goal opportunity at the UWW 3. Yoder scooted the rest of the way on the next play for the game's first score.

The ensuing kickoff provided Linfield another golden opportunity but the 'Cats failed to cash in. Marcus McLin lost the kickoff in the bright sun and Chad Coburn recovered at the UWW 21. The Wildcats advanced to the 1 in six plays, but on fourth down Coburn bobbled the snap from the Wildcat formation and Linfield turned the ball over on downs.

After an exchange of punts, Linfield pushed inside the red zone once more. A 22-yard field goal by Josh Repp with 1:48 left in the first quarter added to the Wildcats' lead.

Linfield's defense forced a punt, and the 'Cats took over at their own 14-yard line. Yoder and the Wildcats needed five plays to score again with Peterson pulling in a 60-yard bomb down the right sideline. Repp's extra point pushed the Linfield advantage to 17-0 with 12:55 remaining before halftime.

Undaunted, the Warhawks scored two touchdowns within a seven-minute span. Behrendt threw 19 yards to Tyler Huber and then 12 yards to Kumerow, cutting the Linfield lead to three.

With Yoder completing 17 of 19 first-half passes, the Wildcats outgained the Warhawks 309-193 through the opening two quarters. Peterson had four catches for 145 yards at the break.

When play resumed, the Warhawks moved quickly to the Linfield 12 but Eric Kindler missed a 29-yard field goal wide left.

Linfield had a chance to pad its lead early in the third quarter, reaching the Warhawks' 20, but Yoder fumbled and Kyle Wismer recovered. Behrendt passed 25 yards to Kumerow for the go-ahead touchdown with 1:48 left in the third quarter. The duo hooked up again with 12:15 to go, this time from 10 yards away, completing a seven-play, 61-yard drive.

The Wildcats weren't out of it yet. Yoder and the 'Cats pushed their way to the UWW 37 before the drive stalled. A pair of incompletions were followed by back-to-back sacks by Wismer and Mykaell Bratchett with 5:15 to play sent the Linfield offense to the sideline. With the Warhawks defense bearing down, the Wildcats never got past its own 42 the rest of the way.

Behrendt completed 26 of 36 for 275 yards and four touchdowns. Kumerow caught seven passes for 149 yards, often using his considerable advantage in height to pull in passes over the outstretched arms of Linfield defenders.

Yoder ended the day 28 of 37 passing for 374 yards but he was sacked eight times. Held to two catches in the second half, Peterson finished with six receptions for 163 yards. Brian Balsiger pulled in 11 passes for 136 yards.

Linfield rushed for a net 24 yards, losing 64 yards on sacks. The Wildcats outgained the Warhawks 398-378 but lost the turnover battle, tossing one interception and twice fumbling the ball away, all in the second half. The Warhawks lost just one fumble on the afternoon.

Kyle Wright and Dominique Forrest each recorded eight tackles to lead Linfield's defensive charge.

Ryan Cortez was credited with a game-high nine tackles for the Warhawks. John Flood came away with two sacks.

'CAT SCRATCH: Temperature at kickoff was 9 degrees with a 6 mph wind. . . the Wildcats played the game minus leading rusher Josh Hill, who did not travel due to an injury suffered during the Hampen-Sydney game. . . around 50 Linfield parents and fans braved the bitter cold to cheer on the Wildcats from the visiting stands. . .the Warhawks improved to 8-0 in NCAA quarterfinal games. . . for all its postseason success, Linfield remained winless against UW-Whitewater in three attempts . . . Saturday's defeat marked the end of the line for one of largest and most successful senior classes in Linfield history. . . spanning its four seasons, the graduating Class of 2014 prevailed in 41 of 46 contests, won four Northwest Conference championships and six NCAA playoff games. . . Linfield concluded its season with just one loss for the third straight year. . . as a team, the Wildcats set single-season records for rushing touchdowns (50), forced fumbles (18), quarterback hurries (16), and pass breakups (53).

Sep. 16: All times Eastern
Final
at Worcester State 42, Fitchburg State 26
Video Box Score
Final
at Ursinus 35, Juniata 28
Video Video Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Salve Regina 27, at Dean 0
Box Score Photos
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Moravian 7
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
Massachusetts Maritime 34, at Maine Maritime 25
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Wesley 33, at TCNJ 0
Video Box Score
Final
at RPI 31, Western New England 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Buffalo State 53, at Morrisville State 48
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Rochester 14, Alfred State 7
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Stevenson 52, at FDU-Florham 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Union 31, at Gallaudet 21
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Williams 28, Bowdoin 14
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Sewanee 29, at Austin 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Middlebury 30, Wesleyan 27
Video Box Score
Final - OT
at Tufts 35, Hamilton 28
Video Preview Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Salisbury 21, at Kean 13
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Olivet 37, Aurora 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Amherst 41, Bates 17
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 35, Colby 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Franklin and Marshall 43, McDaniel 41
Video Video Box Score
Final
Montclair State 24, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Rowan 41, at William Paterson 14
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Springfield 66, at Mount Ida 20
Video Box Score Photos
Final
UW-Platteville 38, at Hampden-Sydney 29
Video Box Score
Final
DePauw 55, at Hiram 28
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Alma 45, Benedictine 40
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Trine 55, Wisconsin Lutheran 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Albion 79, Concordia (Wis.) 7
Video Box Score
Final
Dickinson 24, at Gettysburg 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Wooster 38, Ohio Wesleyan 20
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Thiel 28, at Bethany 13
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
LaGrange 39, at Methodist 30
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Wabash 62, Kenyon 7
Video Box Score
Final
King's 44, at Lebanon Valley 39
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Martin Luther 42, Iowa Wesleyan 20
Video Box Score
Final
at MIT 31, Endicott 26
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Alfred 24, Utica 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Maryville (Tenn.) 56, at Emory and Henry 46
Video Box Score
Final
Averett 19, at Ferrum 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Catholic 25, Randolph-Macon 20
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Susquehanna 14, at Muhlenberg 11
Video Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Cortland 31, Hartwick 30
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Brevard 63, at Greensboro 7
Video Box Score
Final
Ithaca 24, at St. Lawrence 13
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at St. Scholastica 48, Westminster (Mo.) 18
Video Box Score Recap
Final
MacMurray 48, at Crown 34
Video
Final
at Greenville 21, Northwestern (Minn.) 15
Video Box Score
Final
Eureka 48, at Minnesota-Morris 20
Video Box Score
Final
UW-Whitewater 40, at Washington U. 21
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Widener 34, Misericordia 21
Video
Final
at Coast Guard 13, Nichols 0
Video Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Hope 37, Lakeland 35
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Heidelberg 40, at Ohio Northern 21
Video Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Carnegie Mellon 30, at Waynesburg 20
Video Box Score
Final
Mount Union 69, at Marietta 3
Video Box Score
Final
at Centre 52, Hendrix 42
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Albright 21, at Lycoming 17
Video Box Score
Final
Bluffton 32, at Mount St. Joseph 31
Video Box Score
Final
at Franklin 42, Defiance 12
Video Box Score
Final
at Anderson 27, Earlham 16
Video Box Score
Final
SUNY-Maritime 38, at Merchant Marine 31
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Concordia-Chicago 41, at Kalamazoo 29
Video Box Score
Final
at Rose-Hulman 38, Hanover 28
Video Box Score Photos
Final
John Carroll 24, at Baldwin Wallace 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Otterbein 56, Wilmington 28
Video Box Score
Final
Trinity (Texas) 28, at Millsaps 26
Video Box Score
Final - OT
at Buena Vista 39, Central 38
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Concordia-Moorhead 31, Bethel 7
Video Box Score Photos
Final
St. John's 56, at St. Olaf 7
Video Box Score
Final
Gustavus Adolphus 42, at Augsburg 37
Video Box Score
Final
Coe 35, at Nebraska Wesleyan 25
Video
Final
Wartburg 40, at Simpson 31
Video Box Score
Final
Elmhurst 23, at North Park 20
Video Box Score
Final
at Huntingdon 41, N.C. Wesleyan 30
Video Box Score
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 55, Louisiana College 10
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
UW-River Falls 30, at Missouri Baptist 3
Video
Final
at Whitworth 53, La Verne 0
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. Thomas 63, at Carleton 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Denison 62, at Allegheny 26
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Lewis and Clark 40, at Pomona-Pitzer 29
Video Video Box Score
Final
at Wittenberg 34, Oberlin 0
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Western Connecticut 37, Plymouth State 29
Video Box Score Photos
Final
Washington and Lee 24, at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 14
Video Box Score Recap
Cancelled
Warner at Pacific Lutheran
Video Recap Live stats
Final
Cal Lutheran 28, at Willamette 13
Video Box Score
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, at Linfield 3
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at George Fox 13, Redlands 10
Video Box Score Photos Photos
Final
at Mass-Dartmouth 51, Westfield State 26
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Castleton 28, Norwich 14
Video Box Score
Final
at Berry 34, Rhodes 13
Video Box Score Recap
Final
Brockport 38, at St. John Fisher 7
Video Box Score
Final
at WPI 38, Becker 0
Box Score Recap
Final
at Adrian 62, Rockford 7
Video Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 33, at Christopher Newport 30
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Hobart 56, Shenandoah 30
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Case Western Reserve 42, Grove City 10
Video Box Score
Final
at Davidson 42, Guilford 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Bridgewater 52, The Apprentice School 0
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Capital 39, Muskingum 28
Video Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 37, Thomas More 29
Video Box Score
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 26, Illinois Wesleyan 13
Video Box Score
Final
at McMurry 33, Howard Payne 21
Video
Final
at Dubuque 27, Loras 24
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 37, Carthage 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Texas Lutheran 37, Belhaven 0
Video Box Score
Final
at Carroll 28, Augustana 25
Video Box Score
Final
St. Vincent 31, at Geneva 27
Video Box Score
Final
East Texas Baptist 28, at Southwestern 10
Video Box Score
Cancelled
Pacific at Occidental
Recap
Sep. 16: All times Eastern
Final
Wesley 33, at TCNJ 0
Video Box Score
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Moravian 7
Video Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Alfred 24, Utica 17
Video Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Platteville 38, at Hampden-Sydney 29
Video Box Score
Final
Mount Union 69, at Marietta 3
Video Box Score
Final
John Carroll 24, at Baldwin Wallace 21
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 55, Louisiana College 10
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. John's 56, at St. Olaf 7
Video Box Score
Final
at Concordia-Moorhead 31, Bethel 7
Video Box Score Photos
Final
at Whitworth 53, La Verne 0
Video Box Score Recap Photos
Final
St. Thomas 63, at Carleton 0
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Wittenberg 34, Oberlin 0
Photos Video Box Score
Final
Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, at Linfield 3
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at George Fox 13, Redlands 10
Video Box Score Photos Photos
Final
Brockport 38, at St. John Fisher 7
Video Box Score
Final
Frostburg State 33, at Christopher Newport 30
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at Case Western Reserve 42, Grove City 10
Video Box Score
Final
at Washington and Jefferson 37, Thomas More 29
Video Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 37, Carthage 14
Video Box Score Recap
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 26, Illinois Wesleyan 13
Video Box Score