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No. 1 Warhawks post 22nd straight win, stun Stout 37-0

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MENOMONIE, Wis. -- The top-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team tallied 21 second-quarter points and recorded its second shutout of the year Saturday in a 37-0 triumph at UW-Stout in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference match-up at Williams Stadium in Menomonie, Wis.

The Warhawks (5-0 overall, 2-0 WIAC), who are ranked No. 1 in the nation by D3football.com and the American Football Coaches Association, won their 22nd consecutive contest, tied for the second longest streak in college football.

UW-Whitewater totaled 513 yards and held the Blue Devils (1-4, 0-2) to 2442 yards of total offense. The Warhawks forced four UW-Stout turnovers and didn't commit a miscue.

Senior quarterback Matt Behrendt threw for two touchdowns and 303 yards, including 225 in the first half. Senior wide receiver Justin Howard posted seven receptions for a career-high 124 yards and a touchdown.

Senior wide receiver Jake Kumerow contributed seven receptions for 113 yards and a score. Junior running back Dennis Moore led another balanced rushing attack with 14 carries for 94 yards. Junior running back Jordan Ratliffe added 13 carries for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Senior defensive back Brady Grayvold led the defense with six tackles and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown. Junior linebacker Spencer Jacque matched Grayvold with six stops, while junior defensive lineman Zach Franz and sophomore defensive lineman John Flood registered three tackles, including 1.5 for a loss, apiece.

Freshman kicker Will Meyer finished 3-of-4 on field goal attempts for the afternoon, finishing one shy of tying a school record for most field goal makes in one game.

The Blue Devils took the opening kickoff and drove into UW-Whitewater territory, but the Warhawks held strong as junior defensive lineman Kevon Clunis and sophomore defensive lineman Ben Threloff combined to stop a fourth-and-one rushing attempt. 

UW-Whitewater drove inside the UW-Stout 10-yard line thanks to runs by Ratliffe and junior running back Nick Patterson and two receptions by Howard, but were held on fourth-and-two from the 6-yard line.

After empty drives by both teams, Grayvold picked off Blue Devils quarterback Garrett Peterson and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown. The first score of the contest gave the Warhawks a 7-0 lead with 1:00 on the clock in the first quarter.

UW-Whitewater forced a punt on the ensuing possession, then drove 90 yards in 10 plays, taking a 14-0 lead on a two-yard run by Ratliffe with 10:59 on the clock in the second quarter. Behrendt and Kumerow connected three times for 38 yards on the drive, which spanned just two minutes and 32 seconds.

Following another UW-Stout punt, the Warhawks struck with their longest play of the season from scrimmage. Behrendt found Howard for a 56-yard scoring strike, Howard's second of the season, to give UW-Whitewater a three-touchdown advantage midway through the second quarter.

Grayvold recorded his second interception of the day on the next drive on a pass deep into Warhawks territory.

UW-Whitewater took advantage of the miscue with a nine-play, 75-yard drive capped by a 14-yard touchdown strike from Behrendt to Kumerow with 1:04 to play in the half.

The Warhawks headed into the locker room with a 28-0 lead.

After a pair of empty possessions to start the second half, Meyer knocked in a 38-yard field goal, his second make of the season, to put UW-Whitewater ahead 31-0 with 7:30 left in the third quarter.

Meyer kicked his second field goal of the affair, this time from 25 yards, on the Warhawks' ensuing offensive possession to make it 34-0 with 1:20 on the clock in the third quarter.

Following a fourth-down stop by UW-Whitewater, the two teams exchanged punts before Meyer converted his third field goal of the game with 3:45 to play in the game. His kick from 27 yards out capped a nine-play, 46-yard drive and accounted for the final margin.

Junior defensive back Shawn Shillcox put the final exclamation point on the victory with an interception, the team's third of the day, after a tipped pass by sophomore defensive back Vince Mason.

The Warhawks continue WIAC road play next Saturday at UW-Eau Claire. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.

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