Warhawks Host Stevens Point in Homecoming Matchup
Won-Lost: Whitewater is 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (W 35-0 vs. Adrian College, W 70-7 vs. Dakota State University, W 37-7 vs. Campbellsville University, W 49-17 vs. Platteville, W 30-7 vs. Stout, W 45-0 vs. Eau Claire, W 63-14 vs. River Falls). Stevens Point is 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the WIAC. The Pointers opened the season with a 33-14 loss to 13th ranked Willamette University, then beat Missouri Science & Technology 29-10, beat Albion College 59-14, lost 20-13 in overtime in their first conference game against Eau Claire, beat Oshkosh 41-17, beat Stout 27-21, and last week beat La Crosse 31-17.
By the Numbers: The Whitewater offensive line averages 274 pounds. The offense will start six seniors, four juniors, and one sophomore. The UW-W defensive line averages 248 pounds. The Warhawk defense will start six seniors, four juniors, and one sophomore. The Stevens Point offense starts five seniors, four juniors and two sophomores. The "O" line averages 305 pounds, the largest UW-W has faced this year. The UW-SP defense starts six seniors, two juniors, and three freshmen. The line averages 262 pounds.
Win Streak Longest in the NCAA: UW-W has a twenty-two game win streak, dating back to the 2008 loss to Mount Union in the Stagg Bowl. The win streak is the longest in NCAA football, all divisions. Division I Boise State is second, right behind the Warhawks with a twenty-one game win streak.
WIAC Streak: UW-W has won fourteen consecutive games in the WIAC, dating back to the 17-16 loss to UW-Stevens Point October 25, 2008 in Perkins Stadium.
Non-Conference Streak: Not on the line this week, but UW-W has won 11 straight non-conference games dating back to the 31-26 loss to Mount Union December 20 in the 2008 Stagg Bowl.
Home Streak: The Warhawks have won 18 consecutive games at Perkins Stadium, dating back to the 17-16 loss to UW-Stevens Point, October 25, 2008.
Streak vs. Stevens Point: UW-Whitewater leads the series, which began in 1895, 56-31. The Warhawks won the last meeting by a score of 41-12 during the 2009 season. The most points UW-W has scored against Stevens Point was 54 in a 54-0 victory in 1923 and a 54-0 win in 1971. The most points SP has scored came in a 60-30 win in 2003. That game's point total (90) was also the largest combined score between the two teams. The fewest points the teams produced, a 2-0 win by UW-W, came in 1932. Whitewater's longest winning streak in the series was nine contests (1968-1976), and the Pointers' longest victory streak was three games, which they have achieved twice.
National Polls: UW-W is ranked first in both the AFCA and the D3football.com polls. The Pointers are in the "others receiving votes" category in both polls.
UW-W Head Coach: Lance Leipold is in his fourth year at UW-Whitewater, his only head coaching position. He is 49-3 (.942) during his tenure with UW-W, including a 24-1 (.960) mark in the WIAC. The Warhawks have won Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles all three years (and five in a row) and advanced through the NCAA III playoffs to the Stagg Bowl all three years (and five in a row), winning national titles in 2007 and 2009.
Stevens Point Head Coach: Like Leipold, Miech is at the helm of the team he played for. He began his association with the UW-SP program in 1972 as an offensive lineman. In his twenty-third year, Miech has compiled a 150-77-2 record, fourth on the WIAC's all-time football list for victories and first in the UW-SP record book. He has directed the Pointers to four WIAC championships and earned WIAC Coach of the Year accolades three times (1998, 2001 & 2008). Miech led the Pointers to a 7-3 record in 2009 and a second place finish in the WIAC.
About the Pointers: Special teams are, special, at UW-SP. Junior placekicker Jered Forhrmann leads all Division III kickers in field goals, hitting 13 of his 17 attempts this year. Two of those misses were from more than 50 yards out. The Pointers are ranked 22nd in D3 in net punting yards (34.9), which is at least partially the result of punter Jared Jenkins' hang time, and rank 22nd in kickoff returns in all of Division III, with three players with more than one return averaging more than 20 yards per return. The multi-talented Jenkins is also UW-SP's leading receiver, tied for twenty-sixth in the NCAA III statistics averaging 6.9 catches per game. The Pointers' defense has a knack for big plays, ranking 20th in Division III in tackles for a loss at more than eight per game. Defensive ends Matt Lunder and Brandon Burger are both among the top twenty players in D3 in tackles for a loss, and Burger is also tied for sixteenth in the nation, averaging more than one quarterback sack per game. The trio of Mike Griffin (401 yards, 5.3 per carry), Keith Ingram (386, 5.0) and Kyle Fuhrman (245, 4.3) provides a steady ground game to take some attention away from Jenkins (48 catches, 7 TD's, 12.4 per catch).
About the Warhawks: UW-Whitewater ranks second in total offense (541.0 yards) and scoring (47.0) in Division III. QB Matt Blanchard, who has only been sacked twice, is second in pass efficiency in D3, wide receiver Aaron Rusch owns all the UW-W career receiving records, and the Warhawks backfield committee of Antwan Anderson (687 yards, 5.9/carry), Levell Coppage (678, 7.3) and Booker Stanley (424, 8.6) could be the first trio of 1,000 yard backs in school history. Tackles Robbie Ustruck and Grant Murray, guards Logan Allemand and Matt Weber, and center Mark Gawronski are the foundation of those numbers. The Warhawk defense is second in Division III in total defense (196.7 yards) and scoring (7.4) and they don't have any gaudy individual numbers because nineteen players have played enough, and well enough, to record double figures in tackles this year. Nineteen have recorded a tackle for a loss, eleven a quarterback sack. Eight defenders have recovered a fumble and five have picked off a pass.
Stevens Point-Whitewater Last Year: Whitewater won 41-12 on October 31, 2009 at Goerke Field in Stevens Point. Both teams entered the contest undefeated and tied for first place in the WIAC standings. Zach Christopherson picked off Pointer quarterback Jared Beckwith on Stevens Point's first possession, and UW-W ended that drive with a one-yard touchdown run by Antwan Anderson. Later in the first quarter, Levell Coppage had a 68-yard touchdown run to give the Warhawks to a 14-0 lead. In the second quarter UW-W blocked a Pointer punt and recovered at the UW-SP eight. Two rushes by Coppage made it 21-0. Beckwith connected with Jared Jenkins on a 93 yard scoring pass, but a missed PAT made it 21-6 Whitewater, which is where it stood at halftime after UW-W drove to the Point five yard line, but UW-SP picked off a pass in the end zone. Whitewater began the second half with a nine play, 74 yard drive, ending with a Donovan to Aaron Rusch 16 yard pass to make the lead 28-6. Coppage broke off a 36 yard scoring run on UW-W's next possession to up the lead to 35-6, and Jeff Schebler's 18 yard field goal after UW-W blocked another punt pushed it to 38-6 after three quarters. That was followed by a 75 yard drive by the Pointers, with Beckwith hitting David Hammer to make it 38-12 after another missed PAT. Schebler ended the scoring with a 22 yard field goal with less than four minutes remaining. Coppage rushed for 199 yards to lead UW-W, and Beckwith went 20-35 for 256 yards for the Pointers. The Pointers were held to 54 yards rushing on 26 attempts. UW-W had 22 first downs to 13 for SP.
Follow the Warhawks: The game will be carried by long-time partner WKCH radio, 106.5 FM. The station's website and the UW-W athletics site (www.uwwsports.com) will stream the broadcast. Fans can also check www.uwwsports.com for live stats throughout the event. The game will be broadcast live by UW-W TV, carried on Charter Cable in south central Wisconsin. (Check local listings for channel.) The TV broadcast will also be available on the web at www.pennatlantic.com, and the UW-W campus radio station, WSUW 91.7 FM, will be on hand.
Tickets: Tickets for all UW-W home games can be purchased in the University Center ticket office on the main campus mall during normal business hours. The Perkins Stadium ticket window opens at least ninety minutes prior to kickoff for each home game. You can access ticket information at http://www.uwwsports.com/sports/2007/8/7/ticket_info.aspx?tab=tickets, or call the ticket office at 262-472-1147.
Coming Up: UW-W heads north to take on the UW-Oshkosh Titans at J.J. Keller Field in Titan Stadium on Saturday, November 6. Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m.