UWSP Football Comes Up Short against UWO

Three passes was all the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh needed to score 21 unanswered points to defeat the Pointers 21-7 on Nov. 1.

Ranked 19 before the game, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point suffered its first lost at home and second of the season. With a tie game at 7-7 going into the third quarter, Titans quarterback Brett Kasper found wide receiver Sam Mentkowski twice for touchdown passes to seal the win. Kasper threw nine of 14 for 175 yards and three touchdowns, while Mentkowski led receivers with 105 yards on six catches for two scores.

Down 21-7 in the fourth quarter, the Pointers had chances to get back in the game but had some bad breaks. A trick play for a long gain was called back by a holding penalty. Defensive back Mike Longmeyer nearly had a pick-six interception. Quarterback Cody Nuernberg threw a 35-yard touchdown pass to Matt Sosinsky that was negated by an illegal touching when the referees deemed Sosinsky stepped out before catching the pass. UWSP would not score on that possession when Nuernberg was stopped short of the first down. UWSP went one of four on fourth down conversions.

Nuernberg made his first start for UWSP due to the injury to starter Kyle Larson, and Nuernberg had an up and down game. He finished the game 17-39 for 168 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. In the second quarter Nuernberg found wide receiver Jared Pankow in the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown pass. In the third quarter, Nuernberg threw a costly interception across his body, and the Titans scored the ensuing drive.

On the ground, UWSP ran the ball 44 times with running back DeJuan Wright leading the charge with 89 yards on 21 carries. Nuernberg ran the ball 27 yards on nine carries, while running back Jake Menzel had seven carries for 26 yards. Leading receivers were Jared Pankow who had five catches for 56 yards and one touchdown, Matt Sosinsky had four catches for 55 yards and Alex Wallace had 37 yards on four catches.

Despite giving up touchdown passes of 62, 42 and 37 yards the UWSP defense had a strong performance. The Pointers held the Titans to 221 yards of total offense, 37 rushing yards and one of 13 on third down conversions. Linebacker John Kontowicz led the Pointers in tackles with eight total, linebacker Bo Seibel had seven, and safety Zach Vallafskey had five.

UWSP record stands at 6-2 and 3-2 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. With two losses the Pointers playoff hopes are grim but not gone. UWSP travels to top ranked UW-Whitewater on Nov. 8 and with a win its playoff chances would improve.

 

Marty Kauffman
Sports Editor
mkauf036@uwsp.edu

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