UW-La Crosse is coming off of a bye week and a shake up on the coaching staff as Luke Bengtson is no long the Offensive Coordinator. This is the first game that Isaac Fruechte and Andrew McGlenn will take over as Co-Offensive Coordinators. The Eagles welcomed in a tough challenge in #10 UW-Whitewater.
Quarterback Ben Schramski’s 4-yard rushing touchdown in the late second quarter gave the Eagles a 7-3 lead at the half. However, the Warhawks came storming back in the second half.
In the third quarter, Whitewater’s Cole Wilber hit Nathaniel Osterloo on the fade route in the end zone to take a 10-7 lead. The play that really changed the tempo of the game came in the 4th quarter when Wilber hit JT Parish for the 81-yard touchdown score to take a 17-7 lead.
The Warhawks added onto it defeating UW-La Crosse 30-7.
” I mean they have those big plays all throughout the second half,” UW-La Crosse Head Coach Mike Schmidt said. ” That second half is just littered with big plays and it’s not necessarily that we aren’t there. They score the touchdown to go up 10-7 on a big play when you are first and goal or second and goal from the 30. When you give that thing up, I mean there is not a better coverage, we just got to make a play on that thing and that was kind of the theme throughout the second half.”
The Eagles were stalled offensively particular on the ground as they finished with 46 rushing yards compared to the Warhawks 174.
” We just got to play better especially on the offensive side of the ball,” UW-La Crosse Quarterback Ben Schramski said.” ” The defense worked their butts off all night, played so hard, you know just fearless. Our offense, we just didn’t have it. They played us really well, I mean, they’re a really good defense, but we have to play better.”
The Eagles star safety Peter Kissling also left this game with a left arm injury. Coach Schmidt saying, ” He is really hurt. I feel terrible for him.”