October 19, 2011

Football Preview: UW-Eau Claire vs. UW-Stevens Point

PDF PREVIEWS - UW-Eau Claire | UW-Stevens Point

MATCHUP
The Blugolds and Pointers are meeting for the 79th time in history Saturday. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Carson Park in Eau Claire.

VETERANS GET IN FREE
Veterans and their immediate family will be admitted free to this weekend's game at Carson Park. Veterans are encouraged to wear their uniform. More Information

COVERAGE
For the Blugolds, Sports Radio 1400 (WBIZ-AM) will broadcast the game over the air and online at sportsradio1400.com. WSPT (1010 am) radio will broadcast the game for Stevens Point. Live stats & a video stream will also be provided, and links to all coverage can be found on the Blugolds' Web site, Blugolds.com. View Coverage Links

THE SERIES
The Pointers lead the all-time series 41-32-5. Stevens Point enjoyed a 12-game winning streak from 1988 to 1999, but the teams have evenly split the last 10 games. View Full Series History

LAST MEETING BETWEEN THE TEAMS
Eau Claire scored a 20-13 overtime victory over Stevens Point on homecoming. The Blugolds controlled the lead for most of the game, but a strong fourth quarter drive pushed the Pointers ahead. With the game tied 13-13, Eau Claire's defense halted Steven Point's game-winning effort by blocking a 27-yard field goal attempt. In overtime, it took the Blugolds just four plays to find the endzone and claim the 20-13 win. View Last Year's Full Recap

WIAC TEAMS NATIONAL POLLS

  • Oshkosh is ranked 20th in the D3football.com poll and 24th in the 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-Stevens Point

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

BLUGOLDS' LAST GAME

Eau Claire 31, La Crosse 21 - Full Story

  • Blugolds scored on both of their possessions in the first quarter
  • La Crosse scored twice in the second quarter to make it 14-14 at halftime
  • Blugolds scored 17 second-half points
  • Mike O'Connell caught two touchdown passes
  • Tyler Janus made a big play late in the third quarter as he intercepted a pass in the end zone to end a seven-play, 48-yard drive by the Eagles
  • Chad Samuelson forced a fumble
  • Jimmy Hall had 2.5 sacks
  • David Goodman blocked a punt and also caught a pass for a first down on a fake punt

HEAD COACHES

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

  • Glaser is in his sixth season as the Blugolds' head coach
  • Holds a 32-26 record with the Blugolds and a 45-43 career record. He is 19-19 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

UWSP Head Coach: John Miech - Online Bio

  • Miech is in his 24th season as head coach of the Pointers
  • Holds a 155-81-2 overall record and is 106-61-1 in WIAC play
  • In fourth on the WIAC coaches all-time wins list and needs three more to move to third
  • WIAC Coach of the Year three times (1998, 2000 and 2008)
  • Played for the Pointers in the early 1970's
  • Coached at Whitnall High School and Jefferson High School in the early 1980's
  • Started coaching at UWSP in 1985 as defensive coordinator
  • 2005 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame inductee
  • Wife coaches Pointer women's soccer team

BLUGOLDS IN STATS RANKINGS

In the NCAA

  • Team is 19th in pass efficiency (156.88). Salisbury leads nation with 240.43 rating - View Report
  • Austin Neu is 17th in pass efficiency with 158.14 rating. St. Scholastica's Alex Thiry leads nation with 208.01 rating - View Report
  • As a team, Blugolds are 60th or better in four total categories

In the WIAC

  • Team leads pass defense (143.8), third-down conversions (47.4 percent), sacks by (18) and field goal percentage (.857)
  • Austin Neu leads league in passing ave/game (236.2 yards/game), and Andy Neumann leads in fumbles forced (0.40/game)

POINTERS IN STATS RANKINGS

In the NCAA

  • Team is 9th in punting (36.68 yards/punt). - View Report
  • Jered Fohrman is tied for 20th in field goals per game (1.17) View Report
  • As a team, Pointers are 60th or better in five categories

In the WIAC

  • Pointers lead WIAC in punting (36.7 yards/punt) and are tied for first in fourth down conversion percentage (66.7)
  • Joe Mlezia is tied for first in interceptions per game (0.50)

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 fifth in pass reception yards (2,145). Needs 33 to move to fourth
  • David Goodman is tied for fifth in pass receptions (137). Needs 10 more to move to fourth
  • David Goodman is tied for 19th in touchdowns scored (17)
  • David Goodman is 25th in total points scored (102)
  • Austin Neu is tied for 10th in pass completions (246). Needs 10 more to move to 9th
  • Austin Neu is tied for 12th in passing TDs (20). Needs three more to move to 11th
  • Austin Neu is 10th in passing yards (3,245)
  • Austin Neu is 13th in pass attempts (410).
  • Austin Neu is 14th in total yards of offense (3,414)
  • Austin Neu is tied for 23rd in passes had intercepted (9)
  • Joel Sweeney is tied for 11th in rushing TDs (18)
  • Joel Sweeney is tied for 13th in touchdowns scored (20)
  • Joel Sweeney is 18th in rushing yards (1,437). Needs just five more to move to 17th
  • Joel Sweeney is tied for 18th in total points scored (120)
  • Joel Sweeney is 20th in rushing attempts (323)
  • Scott Burzynski is 10th in punting yards (2,629) and eighth in yards/punt (35.53)

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