Cole Myhra ran for four touchdowns during UW-Oshkosh's 41-13 victory at UW-River Falls on Saturday (Oct. 19). The Titans (6-0/3-0 WIAC) are ranked eighth by D3football.com.
The Falcons (0-6/0-3 WIAC) scored two minutes into the game and then on the final play of the contest. For the middle 57 minutes, it was all UW-Oshkosh. The Titans tallied 41 consecutive points en route to their 18th straight regular-season win. UW-Oshkosh has also captured 13 road games in a row during the regular season.
UW-River Falls opened the day with a 17-yard run by Brad Beeskow and a 44-yard catch from Robbie Flom. Three plays later, Ryan Kusilek rolled out and hit Jake Ryan for a 13-yard touchdown. Kusilek attempted 57 passes in the game, including 24 during the fourth quarter.
The Titans picked off Kusilek four times – their most in a contest since 2007. Anthony Fassett's interception midway through the first quarter set up a Titan touchdown. Caleb Voss got the team in position with grabs for 29 and 21 yards. Myhra then went four yards up the middle to tie the score, 7-7.
Nick Olla hit Zach Kasuboski on a corner route for the 13-yard touchdown that put the Titans ahead, 13-7. Moments later, Ryan Stefaniak intercepted a pass and placed UW-Oshkosh 21 yards from the end zone. Myhra finished the short drive with a one-yard plunge to gain a 20-7 lead.
Each team had a long drive in the second quarter, but the Titans came away with points. UW-River Falls marched 86 yards before missing a short field goal. UW-Oshkosh then used 16 plays to travel 80 yards, with Myhra carrying the ball seven times. His final run covered two yards for a touchdown that made it 27-7 at halftime.
Myhra's fourth score was a two-run run on a toss sweep. He also had bursts of 23 and 10 yards during the third-quarter drive that covered 69 yards. Myhra now has 30 touchdowns in his last 16 games.
Early in the fourth period, Beau Steffens intercepted a pass in the end zone to kill a Falcon threat. UW-Oshkosh then took the ball 80 yards, including a 33-yard reception by Joe Sommers and an impressive 32-yard grab by Kyle Newhouse. Nick Olla concluded the drive with a two-yard touchdown run for the 41-7 lead.
Kusilek found Jordan Christianson for a six-yard touchdown as time expired. Kusilek totaled 352 passing yards, with Christianson grabbing seven balls for 84 yards. Ryan led all players with 10 catches for 95 yards.
Myhra, who's averaging 26 touches per game, rushed 27 times for 154 yards. Olla completed 17-of-28 passes for 279 yards, while Voss topped his squad with six catches for 86 yards.
The Titans and Falcons combined for 173 offensive plays, with UW-Oshkosh winning the total yardage battle, 520-461.
UW-Oshkosh received nine tackles from Reese Dziedzic and six stops (one sack) from Stefaniak. Mike Gehling and Luke Radke each recorded 11 tackles for the Falcons.
Undefeated UW-Whitewater visits Oshkosh next Saturday (Oct. 26).
By Jon Feyen, UW-Oshkosh Sports Information