Warhawks Down Stout 63-14
The UW-Whitewater Warhawks scored TD’s on their first five possessions, closing their regular season by rocking UW-Stout 63-14 before 5,145 Senior Day fans at Perkins Stadium on Saturday. Jordan Ratliffe set the tone with a 75 yard run on the Warhawks’ first play from scrimmage. After the UW-W defense held Stout to three yards on three plays and an ensuing punt, the Warhawks put together 61 yard scoring drive to take a 14-0 lead less than 3 ½ minutes into the game. The drive was capped with a beautiful 32 yard scoring strike on a deep post connection from Chris Nelson to Marcus Hudson. Stout responded with a 76 yard scoring drive to cut the gap to 14-7 with 6:12 left in the fourth quarter. But the Warhawks essentially put the game away with second quarter scoring drives on their next three possessions. Touchdown receptions by Joe Worth (four yards) and Tony Gumina (13 yards) and a 28 yard TD run by Ratliffe put the points on the board for the Hawks. Ryan Winske’s 70 interception return for a touchdown gave UW-W their 42-7 halftime lead.
The Warhawks wasted no time in the second half as Nelson hit Hudson with a 50 strike and the Warhawks had their seventh touchdown less than 2 ½ minutes into the second half. After the defense held Stout to a “three and out” for the sixth time in the game, Whitewater drove 62 yards in nine plays, capped by a Jarrod Ware three yard touchdown run to extend the Whitewater lead to 56-7. Freshman QB Cole Wilber closed the Warhawk scoring with a one yard touchdown run with 10:12 remaining in the fourth quarter. UW-Stout added touchdown on a 76 yard scoring drive, capped by an eight yard scoring pass with 5:07 remaining in the game.
The Warhawks registered 28 first downs to 12 for the Blue Devils. The Hawks out-gained Stout 595-212 in yardage. The drive chart really tells the story of the Warhawk dominance on Saturday. Whitewater scored touchdowns on 9 of their first 12 possessions. On the 13th, they did not score, but erased the final 4:55 on the clock. The Warhawk defense forced the Blue Devils to eight “three and outs” in their first 11 possessions before their 76 yard scoring drive the last time they had the ball.
The Warhawks earned the opportunity to extend their season by gaining an at large berth in the NCAA Championship Playoffs. The Hawks will host St. Norbert College at noon on Saturday.