Defensive effort sparks comeback
UW-Platteville’s defense hunkered down in the second half, holding Hampden-Sydney scoreless as the 13th-ranked Pioneers rallied for a 3829 victory on Saturday in Hampden-Sydney, Va.
Platteville (2-0) fell behind, 13-0, in the first quarter thanks to two touchdown passes from Tigers quarterback Alex Cobb. But the Pioneers rallied to take a 21-13 lead on two touchdown passes by Cade Earl and a 19yard scoring run by Wyatt Thompson.
Hampden-Sydney (1-2) came right back though, taking a 29-21 lead into halftime on two more TD throws by Cobb.
After the break Platteville’s defense stiffened, holding the Tigers to 114 total yards in the second half while recovering a pair of fumbles.
The Pioneers took the lead on Michael Pratl’s 24-yard field goal in the third quarter and added an insurance TD on a 2yard run by Thompson.
UW-River Falls 30, Missouri Baptist 3: The Falcons (2-1) got two touchdown passes from Travon Hearns and two scoring runs from Michael Diggins in their win over the Spartans in St. Louis.
River Falls’ defense also held Missouri Baptist to minus-26 yards rushing.
UW-Whitewater 40, Washington (Mo.) 21: The Warhawks (1-2) finally got on the winning side of the ledger as they rallied for 27 points in the fourth quarter against the Bears (1-2) behind quarterback Cole Wilber in St. Louis.
Whitewater trailed, 14-13, heading into the final period, but Wilber hooked up with Mitchell Dess for a 43-yard scoring strike and then Adam Korpela on a 13-yard TD and the Warhawks never looked back.
Trine 55, Wisconsin Lutheran 7: The Thunder (3-0) ran roughshod over the Warriors (0-3), outgaining them 400 to 67 yards on the ground in Angola, Ind.
Albion (Mich.) 79, Concordia 7: The Britons (1-2) held a 746-to-248 advantage in total yards as they steamrolled the visiting Falcons (1-2)
Hope 37, Lakeland 35: Michael Whitley found Dezmen Morse for a 13-yard touchdown strike with 39 seconds remaining for the Muskies (1-1), but their two-point attempt to tie the score failed, and the Flying Dutchmen survived in Holland, Mich.
Whitley finished with 377 passing yards with two scores while Eldrada Meeks rushed for 128 yards and a TD.