Warhawks open WIAC play with convincing win
LA CROSSE—Lance Leipold couldn't find much to complain about Saturday afternoon.
Not even the 12 penalties assessed against his team could offset another impressive performance from UW-Whitewater's football team.
The Warhawks, behind 355 yards passing from Matt Behrendt, opened up Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a dominating 47-3 win over UW-La Crosse.
Whitewater (4-0, 1-0) limited La Crosse to 137 yards of total offense and finished with 560 yards of offense. The Warhawks scored the last 44 points of the game after the Eagles tied the game at 3-3 midway through the first quarter.
“Anytime you can go on the road in our league and get a win, that's a positive,” coach Leipold said. “We still have some things to clean up if we want to take continue to take steps toward our goals, but I was pleased with the effort today.
“And as much as you never like to see that many penalties called against us, we were able to overcome them and keep drives going.”
Behrendt was the story offensively. The quarterback was 25-for-36 passing and threw touchdown passes to Tyler Huber and Jake Kumerow.
“Matt played extremely well,” Leipold said. “He was in total command and his reads were excellent. This was another big step for him in his progression.”
Whitewater led 17-3 at half and pushed the lead to 24-3 in the third on Jordan Ratliffe's 11-yard touchdown run. The Warhawks blew the game open with a 23-point fourth, highlighted by Justin Howard's 77-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The Warhawks host UW-Stout next Saturday as part of Family Day.