Football Tripped Up By Titans

Football Tripped Up By Titans

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – The UW-Eau Claire football team ran into a UW-Oshkosh offensive outburst as the Blugolds fell to the Titans 52-13 here today at J.J. Keller Field.

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The Blugolds fall to 1-8 overall and 1-5 in conference play while the Titans, who received votes in the latest D3football.com poll, improve to 5-4 overall and 5-1 in WIAC action.

The Eau Claire defense opened the game strong forcing Oshkosh into a quick three-and-out.  After the Titans scored a touchdown on their next possession the Blugold defense responded as safety Cody Taubman (Jr.-New Richmond, WI) intercepted a Brett Kasper pass and made a 42-yard return giving Eau Claire the ball on their own 45 yard line.

The Blugolds answered the Titans' second touchdown with a 12-play, 65 yard drive capped quarterback Joel Newman (Jr.-Red Wing, MN) connecting with wide receiver Chris Cummings (Jr.-Milwaukee, WI/Riverside University) on a seven yard touchdown pass cutting the lead to 14-7.

After the Blugold touchdown the Titans scored on four of its next five possessions entering half time with a 38-7 lead.

The second half started how the first half ended for the Blugold defense as Oshkosh scored touchdowns on its first two possessions extending their lead to 52-7.

In the fourth quarter Eau Claire ended the Oshkosh scoring run when quarterback Mark Munger (Jr.-Eau Claire, WI/Memorial) passed to tight end Daniel Brennan (Jr.-Prairie du Sac, WI/Sauk Prairie) on a seven yard touchdown reception.

Newman completed 14-of-32 passes for 129 yards and one touchdown.  Munger completed five-of-nine passes for 40 yards and one touchdown.  Cummings led the Blugolds with four receptions for 52 yards including a team-best 19 yard reception.  Running back Jon Van Geffen (Sr.-Shiocton, WI) led the Eau Claire ground game with 62 yards on 17 carries.

Taubman had a team-best seven tackles.  Cornerback Marco Ortiz (So.-Eau Claire, WI/Regis) posted a team-high six solo tackles.  Defensive end Jalen Thomas (So.-South Chicago Heights, IL/Bloom Trail) recorded one sack.

The Blugolds will end the 2014 season at home next weekend when they host UW-La Crosse on Saturday, November 15.  Kickoff is set for 11:30 a.m.

-KCM-

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