No comeback was needed as the Pointers football team defeated the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire 30-3 on Oct. 11.
Two touchdowns for UW-Stevens Point in nine seconds was too much for the Blugolds to overcome. Wide receiver Alex Wallace scored the first touchdown on a reverse play for 29-yards, and on the kickoff defensive back Jay Kuenster recovered a UWEC fumble for a 20-yard score. The score went from 3-0 to 16-0.
The Pointers defense was the highlight of the team’s play in the game. The only points UWSP allowed came from a field goal before halftime, and the defense forced three turnovers with five sacks. Defensive back Zach Vallafskey led the team in tackles again with 10. Line backer Bo Seibel had nine tackles including a sack, and forced a fumble, defensive lineman Aaron Karlen recorded two sacks and defensive back Tim Burmeister had an interception.
As the defense played a strong game, the offense struggled early on. A chop block penalty forced UWSP to settle for a 45-yard field goal from kicker Jesse VerVelde. The next possession for UWSP resulted in no points as running back Jake Menzel was stopped on fourth down at the goal line by the UWEC defense.
Quarterback Kyle Larson and his favorite target wide receiver Matt Sosinsky struggled to find a connection as Larson overthrew Sosinsky a couple times, and Sosinsky dropped a couple passes. This was the first game all season Sosinsky did not have a touchdown or 100 yards receiving. He finished with 28 yards on three passes. He led the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in receiving yards and receptions heading into the game.
Larson threw his only touchdown in the fourth quarter when he found Wallace for 45 yards giving UWSP a 30-3 lead. Larson threw 14-26 for 207 yards with one touchdown and one interception. In the running game, DeJuan Wright led UWSP with 46 yards and a touchdown. Jared Pankow led all receivers with five catches for 74 yards.
UWEC was no problem offensively for UWSP defense. Coming into the game, UWEC only had 24 points total in four games. Starting quarterback Mark Munger was replaced in the second quarter after throwing 4-11 for 20 yards. Backup Joel Newman began moving the Blugolds down the field, but costly holding penalties and a late hit foul killed possessions for UWEC. Newman threw the ball 17-27 for 126 yards and one interception. Bo Casper had 15 carries for 61 yards, and Korey Jacobson had seven catches for 24 yards.
UWSP is now 5-0 and 2-0 in the WIAC. UWSP is now ranked 13 in the nation, and travel next week to number 14 UW-Platteville to face the Pioneers at 2 p.m.