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Leipold Fastest to Career Win No. 100 as Warhawks Down UW-Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis (UWW). – University of Wisconsin-Whitewater head football coach Lance Leipold earned his 100th career victory, becoming the fastest in NCAA history to reach the milestone Saturday as the top-ranked Warhawks defeated UW-Eau Claire 52-3 at Carson Park.
 
Leipold, who has led UW-Whitewater to five NCAA Division III national championships in seven seasons, needed just 106 games to reach triple digits in wins. The previous all-division record was held by Gil Dobie, who reached the 100-win plateau in his 108th game in 1921 (100-5-3) as the head coach at Cornell.
 
"It's something that will sink in probably further down the road," Leipold said. "I'm very fortunate for the opportunity to be the head coach at UW-Whitewater. We have players that have played hard and bought into the philosophy, and we have a great group of assistant coaches who we've been able to retain. They've done an outstanding job."
 
The Warhawks (6-0 overall, 3-0 WIAC) shook off a slow start offensively to post 403 total yards, including 273 in the second half. UW-Whitewater's defense allowed just 30 yards in the second half and forced three turnovers by the Blugolds (0-6, 0-3).
 
The Warhawks have now won 23 consecutive games, the second-longest streak in the NCAA including all divisions.
 
Senior quarterback Matt Behrendt (Westchester, IL/Nazareth Academy) posted 194 yards and tossed three touchdowns. Junior running back Jordan Ratliffe (Milwaukee/Milwaukee Vincent) tallied nine carries for 79 yards and a score, while junior running back Dennis Moore (Elgin, IL/Elgin) piled up 67 yards on just six carries.
 
Senior wide receiver Jake Kumerow (Bartlett, IL/South Elgin) recorded five catches for 61 yards and a touchdown, while senior wide receiver Justin Howard (West Bend/Homestead) registered four receptions for 61 yards and a score.
 
Sophomore defensive lineman John Flood (Spring Grove, IL/Richmond-Burton Community) and freshman defensive lineman Trevor Boyle (Janesville, Wis./Parker) led UW-Whitewater defensively with seven tackles apiece. Three of Flood's seven stops were for a loss, and the team totaled eight tackles for a loss.
 
The Warhawks took advantage of three turnovers by the Blugolds in the early going.
 
On the first play from scrimmage, Flood forced and recovered a UW-Eau Claire fumble to set up a 26-yard field goal by freshman kicker Will Meyer (Sheboygan Falls, Wis./Sheboygan Falls) just 36 seconds into the contest.
 
The Blugolds turned it over again on the ensuing drive, and senior defensive back Zach Nellis (Waupaca/Waupaca) picked it up and ran 38 yards for a touchdown with 10:43 on the clock in the first quarter.
 
After the two teams exchanged punts, UW-Eau Claire put together a 19-play, 75-yard drive to set up a 36-yard field goal and make it 10-3 with 13:07 to play in the second quarter.
 
Three drives later, the UW-Whitewater offense found the end zone for the first time in the game as Ratliffe crossed the goal line from one yard out to make it 17-3 with 6:41 to go in the half. Moore and Ratliffe helped set up the score with consecutive 25-yard rushes.
 
The Warhawks opened the second half with a four-play, 70-yard sprint as Behrendt connected with sophomore tight end Logan Solano (Dousman/Kettle Moraine) for a 30-yard catch-and-run to give the team a three-possession lead at the 13:08 mark of the third. Ratliffe keyed the drive with a 31-yard scamper on the half's first play from scrimmage.
 
After a punt by the Blugolds, UW-Whitewater marched 74 yards in 11 plays for another touchdown. Behrendt found Kumerow in the corner of the end zone on fourth-and-6 from the 10-yard line to make it 31-3 with 5:06 to go in the quarter.
 
The Warhawks took the ball after another UW-Eau Claire punt and totaled 58 yards in four plays for a 38-3 lead with 1:31 on the clock. Behrendt looped a throw down the middle of the field for Howard, who made an over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone.
 
UW-Whitewater's defense registered its second score of the affair as freshman linebacker Kyle Schiedemeyer (Sussex, Wis./Hamilton) picked off Joel Newman and rumbled 30 yards for a touchdown to end the third quarter.
 
The Warhawks' 28 third-quarter points were the team's most since scoring 28 in the first quarter against Waldorf on Sept. 5.
 
Freshman running back Dom Garza (Winfield, Ill./Wheaton North) capped a 10-play, 51-yard drive in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard plunge with 7:19 to go in the contest.
 
UW-Whitewater returns home next Saturday for a 1 p.m. kickoff against UW-Oshkosh. The game is part of Homecoming 2014 on campus.
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