October 5, 2011

Football Preview: UW-Eau Claire vs. UW-Oshkosh

PRINTABLE PREVIEW - UW-Eau Claire | UW-Oshkosh

MATCHUP
The Blugolds and Titans are meeting for the 63rd time in history Saturday. The game is the Eau Claire's Homecoming game. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at Carson Park in Eau Claire.

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

WATCH THE GAME ON TV
When We Were Young Productions will produce the game for broadcast (on a tape-delayed basis) on FSWisconsin and FSNorth. The game will air Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. on both FSWisconsin and FSNorth. More Information

THE SERIES
The Blugolds lead the all-time series 41-21. Eau Claire has won 12 of the teams' last 15 meetings, including the last four years. The first meeting between the teams was September 30, 2937 (EC won 7-6). View Full Series History

BLUGOLDS ON HOMECOMING
Saturday's game is the Blugolds' 86th Homecoming game. They hold a 52-25-8 record and have won the last seven straight games and nine of the last 10. Against the Titans, the Blugolds are 5-1 all-time on Homecoming and the last meeting was Oct. 4, 2008 (Blugolds won 34-0). View Homecoming History

LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TEAMS
The Blugolds held off a late Oshkosh comeback to take the 20-14 victory. Strong defensive plays, including a fumble recovery for a touchdown, helped Eau Claire hold a 20-0 lead early in the fourth quarter. Oshkosh scored on each of its final possessions, however, bringing the game within one score in the final three minutes of play. But the Blugolds held on to claim their fourth consecutive victory over Oshkosh. Blugold Joel Sweeney had a standout day, rushing for 232 yards on 42 carries. Both figures rank seventh on the Blugolds' all-time lists. View Last Year's Full Recap

WIAC TEAMS NATIONAL POLLS

  • Eau Claire, Oshkosh and Platteville 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-Oshkosh

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

BLUGOLDS' LAST GAME

Eau Claire 24, Stout 10 - Full Story

  • Joel Sweeney scored a TD on a one-yard run to get the Blugolds on the board first
  • Stout answered with a TD late in the first quarter
  • Blugold kicker Josh Albrecht hit a 37-yard FG with 17 seconds left before halftime to give the Blugolds a 10-7 lead
  • Stout's Ricky Marteney answered with a 43-yard FG in the third
  • Another Sweeney TD gave the Blugolds a 17-10 lead and David Goodman scored on a 29-yard TD pass late in the fourth
  • Austin Neu had a career-high 349 passing yards and was 19-for-24
  • Goodman had 113 receiving yards
  • Eric Nieman and Kalan Stittleburg had sacks
  • Tyler Janus picked off a pass in the Blugolds' end zone to stop a 77-yard Stout drive. Chad Samuelson also had an interception in the fourth quarter

HEAD COACHES

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

  • Glaser is in his sixth season as the Blugolds' head coach
  • Holds a 31-25 record with the Blugolds and a 44-42 career record. He is 18-18 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

UWO Head Coach: Pat Cerroni - Online Bio

  • Cerroni is in his fifth season as head coach of the Titans
  • 23rd head football coach in school history
  • Joined the Titans as the defensive coordinator in 2000
  • Holds an 22-21 record with Oshkosh and is 12-17 in WIAC play
  • In 2007, Cerroni directed the Titans to a 7-3 record and a third-place finish in the WIAC
    • The seven-win season was just the sixth in the 116-year history of the UW-Oshkosh football program.
    • The campaign also marked the Titans' highest finish in the WIAC standings since 1976.
  • Came to UW-Oshkosh after three seasons as the head football coach at Menomonee Falls High School
  • Was an assistant football coach at Hartland Arrowhead and Waukesha Catholic Memorial
  • Cerroni is a 1992 graduate of Carroll University (Wis.)

BLUGOLDS IN STATS RANKINGS

In the NCAA

  • Team is fifth in pass efficiency (183.69). Salisbury leads nation with 214.84 rating - View Report
  • Austin Neu is fifth in pass efficiency with 184.38 rating. St. Scholastica's Alex Thiry leads nation with 217.66 rating - View Report
  • As a team, Blugolds are 60th or better in five total categories

In the WIAC

  • Team leads pass efficiency, passing offense (263.8 yards/game), third-down conversions (51.4 percent) and red zone offense
  • Second in fourth-down conversions (60 percent)
  • Austin Neu leads league in passing ave/game (263.2 yards/game) and pass efficiency (184.4), Thurgood Dennis leads in kick return average (26.3 yards/return) and Andy Neumann leads in fumbles forced (0.50/game)

TITANS IN STATS RANKINGS

In the NCAA

  • Team is 18th in pass efficiency (164.25). Salisbury leads nation with 214.84 rating - View Report
  • Nate Wara is 33rd in pass efficiency (153.83) and 26th in total offense (291.50)
  • As a team, Titans are 60th or better in six categories

In the WIAC

  • Team is first in on-side kick success (1-for-1), PAT kicking (20-for-20)
  • Team is second in scoring offense (36.5 points/game), rushing offense (195.2 yards/game), passing offense (239.5 yards/game), total offense (434.8 yards/game), pass defense efficiency, penalties (17-33 yards/game)
  • Nate Wara leads WIAC in total offense (291.5 yards/game), Caleb Voss lead in receiving yards per game (85), Nate Becker tied for lead in PAT kicking percentage (20-for-20), Andrew Thompson leads league in sacks (3)

BLUGOLDS' CAREER RECORDS WATCH - View Career Records

  • David Goodman is sixth in pass reception TDs (17). Needs one to tie for third, two to tie for second, three to tie for first
  • David Goodman is sixth in pass reception yards (2,033). Needs 33 to move to fifth
  • David Goodman is sixth in pass receptions (128). Needs six more to move to fifth
  • David Goodman is tied for 19th in touchdowns scored (17)
  • David Goodman is 25th in total points scored (102)
  • Austin Neu is tied for 12th in pass completions (209). Needs eight more to move to 11th
  • Austin Neu is tied for 12th in passing TDs (18). Needs five more to move to 11th
  • Austin Neu is 12th in passing yards (2,881). Needs 21 to move to 11th
  • Austin Neu is 14th in pass attempts (347)
  • Austin Neu is 18st in total yards or offense (2,972)
  • Austin Neu is tied for 23rd in passes had intercepted (9)
  • Joel Sweeney is 13th in rushing TDs (16)
  • Joel Sweeney is tied for 15th in touchdowns scored (18)
  • Joel Sweeney is 20th in rushing yards (1,297). Needs just 10 more to move to 19th
  • Joel Sweeney is 21st in total points scored (108)
  • Scott Burzynski is 10th in punting yards (2,326) and ninth in yards/punt (35.24)

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