September 22, 2011

Football Preview: UW-Eau Claire vs. UW-River Falls

PDF PREVIEWS - UW-Eau Claire | UW-River Falls

MATCHUP
The Blugolds and Falcons are meeting for the 91st time in history Saturday. The game is the Blugolds' Hall of Fame Game and kickoff is set for 1 p.m. The game is a non-conference contest as part of the WIAC's cost-cutting measures.

COVERAGE
For the Blugolds, Sports Radio 1400 (WBIZ-AM) will broadcast the game over the air and online at sportsradio1400.com. WRFW-FM will broadcast the game for the Falcons. Live stats & video will also be provided and links to all coverage can be found on Blugolds.com. View Coverage Links

THE SERIES
The Falcons lead the all-time series 49-34-7. EC has won six of the last nine but RF has won three of the last four, two of which were at Carson Park. View Full Series History

LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TEAMS
In the Blugolds' final game last season, they hosted River Falls and fell just short 45-42. Eau Claire got up first but River Falls had an answer for every Blugold score. In the second quarter, the Falcons scored 24 points to lead 24-21 at halftime. The Blugolds took a lead midway through the third but the teams went back and forth until the Blugolds again found themselves ahead 42-38 with four minutes to play. However, with 21 seconds left in the game, River Falls scored a touchdown after a 17-play, 70-yard drive to go up 45-42. View Last Year's Full Recap

WIAC TEAMS NATIONAL POLLS

  • Eau Claire, Platteville and Stout received votes in latest D3football.com and AFCA polls
  • Oshkosh received votes in D3football.com poll
  • Stevens Point received votes in AFCA poll
  • Whitewater is ranked No. 1 in both the D3football.com and AFCA polls
  • D3football.com Poll | AFCA Poll

TEAMS IN NCAA STATS
UW-Eau Claire | UW-River Falls

QUICK LINKS
UW-Eau Claire: Website | Roster | Pronunciation Guide | 2-Deep | Schedule | Stats | News | History
UW-River Falls: Website | Roster | 2-Deep | Schedule | Stats | News | History
WIAC: Website | Schedules | Standings | Stats | Weekly Release | History

BLUGOLDS' LAST GAME

Eau Claire 47, #25 St. John's 19 - Full Story

  • Blugolds scored touchdowns on their first three drives
  • Shut out St. John's in the first half (last time the Blugolds held the Johnnies scoreless in the first half was in 2002)
  • Blugolds led Johnnies 31-0 at halftime (previously the most points Eau Claire had ever scored against the Johnnies in a game was 30 in a 30-28 win in 2004)
  • Albrecth hit two long field goals, one of 39 yards, one of 42 yards (42 yarder tied for the 15th longest field goal in program history)
  • 47 points scored by Eau Claire was the 22nd most in history and most Saint John's has given up since 1993
  • Johnnies have only given up 47 or more points five times in the history of the program that dates back to 1900
  • Austin Neu led the game passing with 242 yards, Matt Olson led rushing with 108 yards and David Goodman led receiving with 101 yards

HEAD COACHES

UW-Eau Claire Head Coach: Todd Glaser - Online Bio

  • Glaser is in his sixth season as the Blugolds' head coach
  • Holds a 29-25 record with the Blugolds and a 42-42 career record. He is 17-18 in WIAC play.
  • Guided the Blugolds to a 9-3 record in 2007, which marked the 6th best turnaround in the nation after a 3-7 season his first year
  • Led the Blugolds to an NCAA Tournament Appearance in 2007, only the second time in school history (1998 was the first)
  • WIAC and WFCA College Coach of the Year in 2007
  • Blugolds finished 2nd in the WIAC in 2007. Finished 3rd in 2008
  • Coached Marietta College (Ohio) from 2003-2005
  • Led Marietta to first back-to-back non-losing seasons in 10 years
  • Named Ohio Athletic Conference Coach of the Year in 2004
  • Played for the Blugolds (1987-1990). Co-Captain of 1990 team

UWRF Head Coach: Matt Walker - Online Bio

  • Walker is in his first season as Head Coach of the Falcons
  • Holds a 0-2 record with the Falcons and is 0-0 in WIAC play.
  • He replaces the Falcons longest tenured coach, John O' Grady, who retired after 22 years
  • Head coach at DePauw University from 2006-2008 and compiled a 22-8 record
  • Worked as an assistant coach with DePauw from 2000-05 working with running backs and wide receivers
  • DePauw finished second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2007 and 2008
  • During the 2010 season he was an offensive assistant at Butler University, working with tight ends
  • Walker is just the third coach in the last 41 years at UWRF
  • Walker played quarterback at DePauw from 1997-1999. he also earned three baseball letters and was an All-SCAC pitcher in 1999

BLUGOLDS' IN STATS RANKINGS

In the NCAA

  • Team is 10th in pass efficiency (181.97). North Park leads nation with 329.44 rating - View Report
  • Austin Neu is ninth in pass efficiency with 182.00 rating. Albright's Adam Galczynski leads nation with 222.29 rating - View Report
  • As a team, Blugolds are 60th or better in five total categories

In the WIAC

  • Team leads pass offense (255 yards/game), pass efficiency and third-down conversions (57.7 percent)
  • Second in scoring offense (34 points/game), total offense (418 yards/game), sacks (2/game), red zon offense
  • Austin Neu leads league in passing ave/game (255 yards/game) and total offense (278 yards/game), Andy Neumann leads in fumbles forced (1/game)

FALCONS' IN STATS RANKINGS

In the NCAA

  • Team is 24th in sacks allowed (0.5/game). 13 schools have allowed no sacks - View Report
  • Taylor Edwards is 10th in rushing (149 yards/game). Chris D'Andrea of Montclair State leads nation with 201.5 yards/game - View Report
  • As a team, Falcons are 60th or better in three categories

In the WIAC

  • Team leads WIAC in punt return average (15.5/return), opponent first downs (25), field goals (3 for 3).
  • Team is second in sacks against (1), penalty yards (24.5/game), opponent penalties (68.5/game), time of possession (35:08/game)
  • Taylor Edwards leads league in rushing (149 yards/game) and all purpose yards (170/game), Nathan Brandt leads in receptions/game (7.5) and yards/game (112), Jeff Mills leads in kick return average (27.3/return), Chad Blair leads in field goal percentage (100 percent), Jacob Mandoza leads in tackles for loss (2.25/game), C. Aeschliman leads in fumbles recovered (0.50/game)

BLUGOLDS' CAREER RECORDS WATCH - View Career Records

  • David Goodman is sixth in pass reception TDs (16). Needs two to tied for third, three to tie for second, four to tie for first
  • David Goodman is eighth in pass reception yards (1,832). Needs 139 to move to seventh and 162 to move to sixth
  • David Goodman is eighth in pass receptions (119). Needs three to move to seventh and six to move to sixth
  • David Goodman is 18th in touchdowns scored (16)
  • David Goodman is 24th in total points scored (96)
  • Austin Neu is tied for 13th in pass completions (177). Needs 30 more to move to 12th
  • Austin Neu is 13th in passing TDs (16)
  • Austin Neu is 14th in passing yards (2,338). Needs 233 to move to 13th
  • Austin Neu is 17th in pass attempts (302). Needs 14 to move to 16th
  • Austin Neu is 23rd in total offense yards (2,404)
  • Austin Neu is tied for 23rd in passes had intercepted (9)
  • Joel Sweeney is 18th in rushing TDs (12)
  • Joel Sweeney is already 24th in rushing yards (1,113). Needs six more to move to 23rd and 73 to move to 22nd
  • Scott Burzynski is 11th in punting yards (2,083) and ninth in yards/punt (35.31)
  • Austin Goetsch is tied for 24th in pass recption TDs (7)