EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WSAW) -- The UW-Stevens Point football team (2-3, 1-1) prevailed in a defensive battle for a 9-3 win at UW-Eau Claire (2-3, 0-2) to spoil the Blugolds' homecoming festivities.
Senior Ryan Strick (Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) led the Pointers' defense with 10 tackles, including one of UWSP's three sacks. Fellow senior Boyd Delebreau (Chilton, Wis./Chilton) had two sacks and seven tackles.
Freshman kicker Victor Ponterio (Melrose, Wis./Melrose-Mindoro) accounted for all nine points for UWSP going three-for-three on field goal attempts.
Junior quarterback Matt Urmanski (Edgar, Wis./Edgar) completed 15 passes for 114 yards. Senior Christian Almonte (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) caught four passes for 58 yards.
Freshman Max Herro (Dousman, Wis./Kettle Moraine) led UWSP with 10 rushes for 47 yards. He also completed his first collegiate pass in the win.
The Blugolds took the opening possession 62 yards in 14 plays, but UWSP's defense limited UWEC to a field goal.
The Pointers responded with a drive of their own on the ensuing possession. It took 14 plays, but 54 yards later, Ponterio split the uprights to knot the game at 3-3.
Later in the first quarter, UWEC pounced on a turnover deep in Pointers territory. A three-and-out by the Pointers' defense forced another field goal attempt, but the kick was no good.
On the Blugolds first possession of the second quarter, it was UWSP's defense stopping UWEC on a fourth-and-nine to take over the ball on downs.
UWSP seized the momentum and moved the ball 48 yards over 12 play to the UWEC 26. Ponterio nailed the 43-yard field goal to give the Pointers the lead.
Eau Claire's final possession of the half set up a 42-yard field goal attempt on the final play. UWSP freshman Michael Singer (Amherst, Wis./Amherst) blocked the kick to preserve the 6-3 lead at the half.
Neither team was able to sustain a drive in the third quarter. On the final possession of the period, Herro made his debut behind center.
Herro completed his first collegiate pass on the first play of the fourth quarter, a 17-yard strike to Almonte. Later in the drive, Herro ran 45 yards on a third-and-21 to keep the drive alive. He capped the drive at the UWEC 9-yard line to give Ponterio a chip-shot field goal to make it 9-3.
The UWSP defense stopped two Blugolds' possessions near midfield to secure the road win.
UWSP heads to UW-La Crosse for another road conference game next Saturday (Oct. 13). Kickoff is slated for 6:00 p.m.