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No. 1 Warhawks Down UW-Oshkosh for 24th Straight Win

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 WHITEWATER, Wis. – The top-ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team scored 17 first-half points and used an aggressive, hard-hitting style of defense on Homecoming Saturday to defeat UW-Oshkosh 24-7 in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference showdown in front of a raucous, school record-setting crowd of 13,627 at Perkins Stadium.

The Warhawks (7-0 overall, 4-0 WIAC) scored the first 24 points in the game and allowed only a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter – the first touchdown surrendered by the defense in just over 11 quarters – against the Titans.

Senior quarterback Matt Behrendt finished 17-of-29 for 175 yards and two touchdowns with one interception – his first since Nov. 2, 2013, after 388 straight attempts without a pick.

Junior running back Jordan Ratliffed rushed for a team-high 66 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries, while senior wide receiver Justin Howard corralled five receptions for 43 yards. Senior wide receiver Jake Kumerow tallied three catches for 59 yards and a score.

Junior defensive back Ryan Winske and junior linebacker Justin Dischler led the UW-Whitewater defense with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively. Sophomore defensive lineman Brandon Tamsett totaled six tackles, including two for a loss, and junior defensive lineman Zach Franz registered six stops and 1.5 sacks.

Senior defensive back Brady Grayvold added six tackles and an interception, his fourth of the season and 10th in his last 12 games.

The Warhawks outgained the Titans 212-68 in the first half, running just nine more plays from scrimmage than UW-Oshkosh (3-4, 3-1).

UW-Whitewater stopped the Titans on the opening possession, then traveled 72 yards in just six plays as Behrendt threw to the corner of the end zone for Kumerow, who made a fantastic one-handed catch for a nine-yardtouchdown with 11:23 to play in the first quarter.

After another UW-Oshkosh three-and-out, the Warhawks drove deep into Titan territory. Following a key third down conversion on a 10-yard pass from Behrendt to Howard, Ratliffe finished the drive with a four-yard touchdown run to put UW-Whitewater ahead 14-0 with 6:18 to play in the period.

The two teams traded punts before UW-Oshkosh converted a first down for the first time in the contest late in the first quarter. TheWarhawks forced a punt, but had to punt it back to the Titans on a three-and-out on the ensuing drive.

After four more punts (two by each team), UW-Whitewater recorded the first turnover of the game as sophomore defensive lineman Tim Regan recovered a UW-Oshkosh fumble at the Titans' 32-yard line with 1:36 left in the second quarter.

Junior running back Dennis Moore rushed for 19 yards on the ensuing drive, which concluded with a 25-yard field goal by freshman kickerWill Meyer as the first half ended.

The second half started with the Warhawks' second turnover of the season on the first possession as Behrendt's pass got by Howard and into the hands of the Titans' Kevin MacCudden.

With the ball deep in UW-Whitewater territory, UW-Oshkosh fumbled on its first play from scrimmage. Winske stripped CJ Blackburn and the ball was recovered by senior defensive back Marcus McLin.

After three empty drives, the Titans drove into Warhawks territory, but were stopped at the UW-Whitewater 27-yard line as Gravyold intercepted Dylan Hecker and returned it 54 yards back to the UW-Oshkosh 14-yard line.

Two plays later, Behrendt found senior tight end Derric Junakin on first-and-goal from three yards out to give the Warhawks a 24-0 advantage with 3:22 left in the third quarter.

Following a UW-Oshkosh punt and a UW-Whitewater turnover on downs, the Titans put together a 12-play, 74-yard drive, posting their first touchdown of the contest one play after converting on fourth-and-one to make it 24-7 with 8:55 on the clock in the fourth quarter.

After forcing a three-and-out, UW-Oshkosh drove down to the Warhawks' 14-yard line, but were stopped on fourth-and-nine as junior defensive back Dylan Morang intercepted Hecker in the end zone with 2:01 to play to post UW-Whitewater's fourth turnover of the contest.

The Warhawks finished with 297 yards (122 rushing, 175 passing) while holding the Titans to 263 (195 rushing, 99 passing). UW-Oshkosh held the ball for 33:40, including more than 10 minutes in the fourth quarter, but was stymied by UW-Whitewater on third down, converting just 5-of-18.

The Warhawks continue WIAC competition next Saturday at 13th-ranked UW-Platteville, which is also unbeaten in conference play. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

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