September 28, 2011

Football Preview: UW-Eau Claire at UW-Stout

PRINTABLE PREVIEWS - UW-Eau Claire | UW-Stout

MATCHUP
The Blugolds and Blue Devils are meeting for the 89th time in history Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Don & Nona Williams Stadium. The Blue Devils will be celebrating their 100th year of football and it is also Homecoming. The winning team will claim the "War on I-94" trophy. The game is also the WIAC opener for both teams.

COVERAGE
For the Blugolds, Sports Radio 1400 (WBIZ-AM) will broadcast the game over the air and online at sportsradio1400.com. WMEQ 880 AM Radio will broadcast the game for the Blue Devils. Live stats & video will also be provided and links to all coverage can be found on Blugolds.com. View Coverage Links

THE SERIES
The Blugolds lead the all-time series 48-34-6. Stout has won six of the teams' last 10 meetings, including the last two games. The first meeting between the teams was October 27, 2917. View Full Series History

LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Last October, Blugold quarterback Austin Neu had a career day in the 37-28 loss to Stout. The Blue Devils scored 24 points in the first half and backed it up a 90-yard kickoff return to open the third quarter. Back-to-back passing touchdowns and another TD from a fourth-and-two situation brought the game within one score. But the Blue Devils sealed the deal with a pair of second half field goals to take the victory. Though the comeback fell short, Neu recorded the 15th most yards in a single game in Blugold history with 344. View Last Year's Full Recap

WIAC TEAMS NATIONAL POLLS

  • Eau Claire, Oshkosh, Platteville and Stevens Point received votes in latest D3football.com and AFCA polls
  • 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-Stout

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

BLUGOLDS' LAST GAME

Eau Claire 38, River Falls 17 - Full Story

  • The Blugolds scored on their first three possessions, touchdowns on the first two and a field goal on their third, all in the first quarter
  • Mitch Olson, who was named to the D3football.com Team of the Week, recoverd a fumble on the kickoff following the Blugolds' second TD and the team kicked a field goal on that drive
  • In the second quarter, the Blugolds only had the ball twice and punted both times
  • River Falls hit a field goal as time expired in the first half
  • In the third quarter, Joel Sweeney got the Blugolds going again as he scored two touchdowns
  • The Falcons scored two touchdowns in the fourth
  • Matt Jaskowiak had the Blugolds' final touchdown for the Blugolds
  • All five of the Blugolds touchdowns came on the ground and Sweeney scored three of them

HEAD COACHES

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

  • Glaser is in his sixth season as the Blugolds' head coach
  • Holds a 30-25 record with the Blugolds and a 43-42 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

UWST Head Coach: Clayt Birmingham - Online Bio

  • Birmingham is in his second season as Head Coach of the Blue Devils
  • Previously served as Stout's defensive coordinator
  • Holds an 8-5 record with Stout and is 4-3 in WIAC play
  • Before coming to Stout, Birmingham coached at Western Michigan, Emporia College and UW-Stevens Point

BLUGOLDS IN STATS RANKINGS

In the NCAA

  • Team is 16th in pass efficiency (169.09). North Park leads nation with 335.15 rating - View Report
  • Austin Neu is 15th in pass efficiency with 169.78 rating. Albright's Adam Galczynski leads nation with 223.04 rating - View Report
  • As a team, Blugolds are 60th or better in three total categories

In the WIAC

  • Team leads pass efficiency and third-down conversions (51.4 percent)
  • Second in scoring offense (35.3 points/game), pass offense (235.5 yards/game), total offense (403 yards/game), red zone offense
  • Austin Neu leads league in passing ave/game (234.7 yards/game), Thurgood Dennis leads in kick return average (26.3 yards/return) and Andy Neumann leads in fumbles forced (0.67/game)

BLUE DEVILS IN STATS RANKINGS

In the NCAA

  • Richard Marteney is tied for ninth in field goals per game (1.67). Whitewater's Eric Kindler leads nation with 2.33 average - View Report
  • Ryan Pearcy is tied for 18th with 12 tackles per game. Luther's McGivney leads nation with 16.33 - View Report
  • As a team, Blue Devils are 85th or better in four categories

In the WIAC

  • Team is first in red zone defense
  • Team is second in punt return average (11.2 yards/return), field goal average (5 of 6/0.833), opponent penalties (65.3 yards/game), fourth down conversions (55.6 percent)
  • Ryan Pearcy leads league with 12 tackles per game

BLUGOLDS' CAREER RECORDS WATCH - View Career Records

  • David Goodman is sixth in pass reception TDs (16). Needs two to tie for third, three to tie for second, four to tie for first
  • David Goodman is eighth in pass reception yards (1,920). Needs 51 to move to seventh and 64 to move to sixth
  • David Goodman is seventh in pass receptions (123). Needs three to move to sixth
  • David Goodman is tied for 18th in touchdowns scored (16)
  • David Goodman is tied for 24th in total points scored (96)
  • Austin Neu is tied for 13th in pass completions (190). Needs 17 more to move to 12th
  • Austin Neu is 13th in passing TDs (16). Needs two to move to 12th
  • Austin Neu is 14th in passing yards (2,532). Needs 39 to move to 13th
  • Austin Neu is 16th in pass attempts (323). Needs nine more to move to 15th and 12 more to move to 14th
  • Austin Neu is 21st in total yards or offense (2,637)
  • Austin Neu is tied for 23rd in passes had intercepted (9)
  • Joel Sweeney is tied for 13th in rushing TDs (15)
  • Joel Sweeney is 22nd in rushing yards (1,218). Needs 32 yards to move to 21st and 53 to move to 20th
  • Joel Sweeney is tied for18th in touchdowns scored (16)
  • Joel Sweeney is tied for 24th in total points scored (96)
  • Scott Burzynski is 11th in punting yards (2,254) and ninth in yards/punt (35.22)

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