STEVENS POINT (PRESS RELEASE)- Mike Griffin had 138 yards rushing and the Pointer defense forced five turnovers as UW-Stevens Point defeated Missouri Science & Technology by a score of 29-10 at Community Stadium at Goerke Park on Saturday afternoon.
The Pointer defense got things started early, as linebacker Curtis Krump intercepted a pass from the Miners and returned it to the Miner six yard line. Jake Swank then found wide receiver Jared Jenkins open in the end zone on the first offensive play for the Pointers, giving them a 7-0 lead.
Missouri S&T kicked a field goal with eight minutes left in the first quarter to make the score 7-3. The Pointers defense then struck again this time with Peter Peterson recovering a fumble. The Pointers then took the ball downfield for a field goal making the score 10-3.
Cornerback Colton Zimmerman made his first of two interceptions in the second quarter and returned it 42 yards for a touchdown, giving the Pointers a 17-3 lead.
On the last play of the half the Miners ran a fake kneel down and tried passing deep down field, however Zimmerman was there again making his second interception of the day and third Pointer interception in the first half.
Jered Fohrman kicked two field goals and the Miners added a touchdown, making the halftime score 23-10 in favor of the Pointers.
Fohrman added two more field goals in the third quarter, of 40 and 29 yards, and the Pointers defense shut down the Miner offense in the third quarter as they headed into the final quarter with a 29-10 lead. For the day Fohrman made five field goals for the Pointers, and he also barely missed a 58 yarder in the first quarter.
Griffin seemed to take the game over in the second half as he helped the Pointers run down the clock on their way to their first win of the season. Keith Ingram also had a good day on the ground for the Pointers, running the ball 11 times for 68 yards.
All in all the Pointers ground game was very dominant, as they ran the ball 45 times for 249 yards, resulting in five and a half yards a carry.
The defense was also great for the Pointers, as they limited the Miners to 22 yards rushing on 26 carries. Defensive end Matt Lunder had two sacks and safety Joe Mleziva had eight solo tackles to help lead the Pointer defense.
The Pointers (1-1) return to action next weekend as they take on Albion (Mich.) at Community Stadium at Goerke Field at 1 p.m. The game will be the first ever Pink Football Game for Cancer, as the Pointers will be wearing pink jerseys.