Blugold Football Falls to Nationally-Ranked Titans in Home Finale

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – While the UW-Eau Claire football team gave up 42 points through the first three quarters, the Blugolds were able to hold eighth-ranked UW-Oshkosh scoreless in the fourth quarter in a 42-14 loss on Senior Day at Carson Park today.

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Oshkosh scored 35 points before halftime with three passing and two rushing touchdowns but the Blugolds came out stronger in the second half and outscored the Titans 14-7.

Down 42-0, the Blugolds used their first drive of the fourth quarter to find the end zone. Drew Davis (Fr.-Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial) caught a seven-yard pass from Joel Newman (So.-Red Wing, Minn.) to cap the six-play, 58-yard drive to get the Blugolds on the board.

While Joel Sweeney (Sr.-Tomah, Wis.) had -2 yards rushing in the first half, he was able to finish with 123 on the day. He scored the other Blugold touchdown with eight minutes remaining in the game on a 50-yard run. He now has 996 rushing yards for the season.

The Blugolds finished the game with 210 yards of offense while Oshkosh had 410.

On defense, Cody Taubman (So.-New Richmond, Wis.) led Eau Claire with 14 tackles and one forced fumble while Jake Weber (Fr.-Durand, Wis.) had one fumble recovery. Erik Hulman (So.-Milwaukee, Wis./Lutheran) had one sack for a loss of eight yards.

Eau Claire drops to 1-8 on the season and 1-5 in the conference while the Titans improve to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in WIAC play.

The Blugolds will play at UW-La Crosse next Saturday for the final game of the season. Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m. and will be televised live on WQOW TV 18 in Eau Claire and WXOW TV 19 in La Crosse.

Photos by Chico La Barbera - http://chico.zenfolio.com/p535746361

-KM-