WHITEWATER, Wis. – The UW-Stevens Point football team fell to No. 4 UW-Whitewater 34-7 in a non-conference matchup Saturday.
Coming off of their first regular season loss in nearly four years, the Warhawks rushed for 306 yards while the Pointers mustered just 39 yards on the ground.
UWSP defensive back Colton Zimmerman (Iola, WI/Iola-Scandinavia) intercepted Lee Brekke in UWW territory on the game's first play, but the Pointers were forced punt on their first possession.
The Warhawks' second possession resulted in a 10-play, 64-yard drive that was capped off with a four-yard rushing touchdown by Desmin Ward to put UWW on top 7-0.
UWW increased its first-quarter lead to 14-0 when Brekke connected with Jake Kumerow for a 25-yard touchdown pass.
The Pointers fought back in the second quarter and cut the deficit to 14-7 on a four-yard rushing touchdown by Mitch Beau (Fon du Lac, WI/St. Mary Springs). A 27-yard pass to Alex Wallace (Broadhead, WI/Broadhead) highlighted the 14-play, 77-yard scoring drive for UWSP.
Ethan Lockhart (Elkhorn, WI/Elkhorn) rushed for 21 yards on six carries during the scoring drive for the Pointers.
Lekke connected with Kemrow once more late in the second quarter, and the Warhawks tacked on a field goal seconds before the half to take a 24-7 lead into the break.
UWSP turned the ball over six times. The Pointers lost three fumbles and threw three interceptions as miscues hindered their offensive output.
Theo Maglio (Wautoma, WI/Wautoma) led all Pointer receivers with 81 receiving-yards on seven catches. Six different Pointers caught at least one pass, marking the second time the Pointers have achieved the feat this year. There were two games in which at least six receivers caught a pass all of last year.
The Pointers play their first home game of the season Saturday, Sept. 29 when they host UW-La Crosse in the Pink Game/ Spud Bowl. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
Courtesy: UWSP Sports Information