Football Miscues Prove Costly Against #4-ranked UW-Whitewater
Sep 8, 2019
|09/07/19||Whitewater, Wis.||Wis.-Whitewater 42, Dubuque 7||Box score|
WHITEWATER, Wis. - The University of Dubuque football team overcame a couple of miscues in the opening quarter of action on Saturday playing in front of the largest crowd in UD school history, estimated at 10,316. Early game jitters or mistakes allowed the host Warhawks to start their possession inside the 35 and 17 yard line of the Spartans on their first two drives. UW-Whitewater would score on both chances to jump out to 14-0 lead in the first 12 minutes of the game.
The Spartans would allow a touchdown in the second quarter before scoring one of their own. UD would put together a six play 66 yard drive in just 1:39 to get on the board with 1:53 left in the half. The hosts would extend their 21-7 halftime lead to 42-7 after scoring a touchdown in third and a pair of TD's in the final quarter.
The Spartans were held to nine first downs by the staunch defense of the Warhawks. UD would end the afternoon with 25 yards rushing and 171 passing yards. The lack of preseason camp may have played a factor as the Spartans committed eight penalities and gave up 78 yards. The busiest person on the field may have been sophomore Andy Vujnovich who punted six times for 231 yards with his longest punt sailing for 62 yards and flipping the field.
Sean Duffy completed 18-31 pass attempts for 171 yards and a 40 yard touchdown to A.J. Hunter for the Spartans only points. Dwayne Allen Jr. led the ground attack and gained 23 yards in 27 attempts. UD would lose the ball on a fumble and were intercepted twice in the loss. The Spartans defense sacked their quarterback four times for losses of 37 yards. The only area the host Warhawks struggled in was their kicking game, where they missed all four of their field goal attempts (42, 47, 24, 42).
The Spartans host the Pacific University Boxers on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. under the lights of Chalmers Field.