UWSP Football Upended in League Opener

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- The UW-Stevens Point football team (1-3, 0-1) got a late touchdown, but visiting UW-Platteville (3-1, 1-0) took home a conference win in both team's WIAC opener by a 20-6 score.

The Pointers had 352 total yards of offense while the UWSP defense held the Pioneers to just 321 yards of total offense.

Junior quarterback Matt Urmanski (Edgar, Wis./Edgar) completed 13 passes for 170 yards and the lone touchdown for the Pointers. Fellow junior Mitchel Neubauer (Brussels, Wis./Southern Door) completed 12 passes for 11 yards and led the UWSP ground game with 33 net yards.

Sophomore Jahi Stigall (Chicago, Ill./DePaul College Prep) led the Pointers in receiving with 85 yards on six catches. Senior Steve Herra (Rockford, Ill./Boylan) also snagged six catches, including a touchdown reception, for 65 yards.

Fellow senior Ryan Strick (Naperville, Ill./Waubonsie Valley) led the Pointers' defense with 11 tackles, including five solo. Sam Shafer (Prescott, Wis./River Falls) came up with an interception for the UWSP defense.

Midway through the first quarter, the Pioneers got the first takeaway of the game with an interception returned to the UWSP three yards line. UWP punched in on the next play for a 7-0 lead.

Neubauer took over on the ensuing possession and completed a pair of passes for 39 yards to put the Pointers in field goal range. Victor Ponterio's (Melrose, Wis./Melrose-Mindoro) attempt was blocked as UWSP was kept off the board.

The Pioneers drove 64 yards on nine plays on the next possession. The Pointers returned the favor with a block of UWP's field goal attempt to hold the score at 7-0.

Later in the second quarter, the Pioneers again drove into field goal range. The 30-yard attempt, however, was wide left. The Pointers got an interception from Shafer, but the ensuing drive resulted in another turnover by UWSP.

Neubauer opened the second half with a 14 play, 58 yard drive, but Ponterio's 38-yard field goal attempt was no good. On the next possession, the Pointers went for a fourth and one, but were unsuccessful.

The Pioneers seized the opportunity and two plays later upped the lead to 14-0. UWP added another touchdown in the fourth quarter, but OJ James (Milwaukee, Wis./Wisconsin Lutheran) blocked the extra point.

Late in the fourth quarter, Urmanski went 5-for-5 for 86 yards completing the drive with a 29-yard strike to Herra to get the Pointers on the board. The extra point was blocked to conclude the scoring.

The Pointers travel o UW-Eau Claire next Saturday (Oct. 6), the first of back-to-back road conference games. Kick off in Eau Claire is set for 1:00 p.m.