La Crosse, Wisc. (WXOW)- UW-La Crosse hosted UW-Stout in the Eagles WIAC home-opener on Saturday afternoon. UW-La Crosse was looking to turn things around after a crushing loss last week at UW-Platteville.
Specifically, Quarterback Evan Lewandowski needed to take care of the ball this week after throwing six interceptions against the Pioneers. On Saturday, Lewandowski showed what he is capable of completing 26 of 40 passing attempts for 360 passing yards and four touchdowns. Most importantly, he also had zero turnovers.
“What a great turnaround for Evan, and that just speaks to the guy that we’ve been talking about the whole time,” Head Coach Mike Schmidt said. “We knew that that was what he was capable of and what he was trying to do the whole time, but he never panicked, we never panicked, we didn’t bail on him this week. He had a great week of practice, and what a game. That’s fun to watch him when he is dialed in like that.”
“Telling myself that I can make every throw,” Lewandowski said. “I know I can. People tell me all the time that I have the arm strength to do it. Just being up here mentally, being confident that I can make every single throw.”
Three of his touchdowns passes were to Wide Receiver Cole Spieker who led with 183 yards on the day.
“Yeah, he had a great week of practice,” Spieker said. “To flip the script, and to really put it all together, he was dialed in all week, and I really think that his preparation this week really killed it, and then he came out here and made great throws after great throw. It was really fun to watch.”
On the ground, Joey Stutzman led with 21 carries for 77 yards and two touchdowns.
UW-La Crosse improves to 3-2,1-1 WIAC.