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Football opens with 49-20 win over Rockford

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Mitch Beau (Fond du Lac, WI/St. Mary Springs) threw four touchdowns and UW-Stevens Point ran for 350 yards as the Pointers opened the season with a 49-20 win over Rockford University in the season-opening  TSpud Bowl on Saturday night at Community Stadium at Goerke Park.

Beau finished the game 17-for-24 for 214 yards and four touchdowns and one interception. Two of Beau's touchdowns went to Andre Bodden (Pewaukee, WI/Catholic Memorial), while Matt Sosinsky (Princeton, WI/Princeton), Jared Pankow (Mosinee, WI/D.C. Everest), and Andy Kros (De Pere, WI/De Pere) each caught a touchdown.

After UWSP forced a fumble on Rockford's opening posession, Ian Neville (Waukegan, IL/St. Joseph Catholic Academy) took the first play from scrimmage 69 yards for a touchdown after reversing fields. Neville carried the ball 11 times for 108 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

DeJuan Wright (St. Petersburg, FL/Keswick Christian) and Adam Vesterfelt (Janesville, WI/Parker) each had ten carries for 82 and 75 yards, respectively. As a team, the Pointers averaged 6.9 yards per carry on 51 rushes.

Aabed Nekrawesh completed 16 of 29 passes for 294 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. Delroy Russell was Nekrawesh's main target, finishing the game with nine catches for 201 yards and three touchdowns. Anastacio Zamba hauled in a 74 yard catch-and-run touchdown.

The Pointers held the Regents running game in check. Rockford managed just 48 yards on 29 carries. Matthew Botello ran for 70 yards but UWSP recorded four sacks in the game to offset many of those yards.

UW-Stevens Point (1-0) outgained Rockford (0-1) 582 to 401 and recorded 29 first downs in the contest. UW-Stevens Point was 8-for-11 on third down. The game was filled with eight turnovers, as UWSP turned it over five times, including four lost fumbles. The Pointers converted five of their six red zone trips into touchdowns.

Cody Seibel (Kewauskum, WI/Kewauskum) led the Pointers with nine tackles, four for a loss, including a sack. Jon Pahl (Darboy, WI/Kimberly) added two sacks as UWSP held the Regents to just seven conversions on 19 third downs.

The Pointers host Dubuque University on Saturday, September 21 for the fourth annual Pink Game.

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