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No. 17 CU Tigers fall at NCAA D-3 power Whitewater

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Drop to 24th in poll.

By Chris Megginson

Injuries slowed the Campbellsville University Fighting Tigers from the opening kickoff Saturday, as 17th-ranked Tigers fell at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 54-14, inside Perkins Stadium.
Whitewater showed why it is the two-time defending NCAA Division III national champions by racking up 571 yards of total offense for its 33rd consecutive win. Campbellsville was held to a season-low 254 yards in its first loss of the season.
Wisconsin-Whitewater scored 23 unanswered points in the first quarter to establish momentum for the game. Each score came from at least 40 yards out, as Matt Blanchard had touchdown passes of 50 and 54 yards to start and end the quarter to Cory Robinson and Tyler Huber, respectively. Desmin Ward recorded a 48-yard touchdown run for the Warhawks second scorer, while Eric Kindler drilled a 40-yard field goal.
Patrick Henry took over the Tiger offense to start the second quarter after first quarter starter Zach Eastham got hurt. It was the second injury of the game for CU, which lost kick returner Gerwan Brewer on the opening kickoff.
In his second offensive possession, Henry found Stan Warrehuffman on a short, juggled catch that went 73 yards for the Tigers’ first touchdown. Warrenhuffman’s longest career reception marked his 14th career touchdown. He finished the game with 87 yards on three catches.
Whitewater quickly responded with a four-play drive capped by another long touchdown pass from Blanchard to Huber. This one was 64 yards, as Huber led UW-W with 122 yards on three catches.
After the Tigers’ drive stalled, Ojala had a punt blocked for the first time of his Tiger career at the CU 30 with five minutes left in the first half. The short field position led to another quick score for the Warhawks, who scored two plays later on a short run by Coppage.
The Warhawks netted 421 yards in the first half while holding Campbellsville to 146 yards.
Coppage, who entered the game averaging 75 yards per half, scored on a 60-yard run on the first play of the third quarter to keep the Warhawks scoring in full force. He finished the day with 117 yards on 15 carries.
Kindler, who was 2-for-3 on the day, added a career-long 45-yard field goal. Whitewater broke the 50-point plateau on the first play of the fourth quarter on a short yard pass from Lee Brekke to Kominiko Sila.
Campbellsville struck again late in the game on a 66-yard pitch-and-catch from Henry to Diaz Bolden with 6:14 to play. Hon missed a 37-yard field goal try on the Tigers’ previous possession. Henry finished his CU varsity debut with 160 yards passing on 4-of-22 passing. Eastham was 3-of-6 passing for 20 yards and had 12 yards on the ground before being injured.
Jeff Demary led all defenders with 11 tackles followed by nine tackles each by Blake Young and Michael Chandler.
Dwight Houston recorded the only sack on UW-W in the game, coming midway through the third quarter against Brekke. Houston followed with seven tackles, as did Winston Harbison.
Blanchard led UW-W with a season-high 294 yards passing and three touchdowns on 12-of-15 passing.
Bolden led CU for all-purpose yards with 155 yards (66 yards receiving and 89 yards on kick returns). Darius Skinner followed with 108 kick return yards and 25 yards on punt returns for a total of 133 yards.
Campbellsville (2-1, 0-0 MSC East) will begin its Mid-South Conference East Division schedule on Saturday with a short trip down U.S. 55 to take on rival Lindsey Wilson College (2-1, 0-0 MSC East).
Kick-off at Blue Raider Stadium in Columbia will be 8 p.m. ET.

UW-Whitewater 54, CU Tigers 14
Whitewater, Wisc.
CU    0    7    0    7    —    14
UWW    23    14    10    7    —    54
UWW — Cory Robinson, 50, pass from Matt Blanchard (Eric Kindler kick) UWW — Desmin Ward, 48, run (Kindler kick) UWW — Kindler, 40, field goal UWW — Tyler Huber, 54, pass from Blanchard (kick failed) CU — Stan Warrenhuffman, 73, pass from Patrick Henry (David Hon kick) UWW — Huber, 64, pass from Blanchard (Kindler kick) UWW — Levell Coppage, 2, run (Kindler kick) UWW — Coppage, 60, run (Kindler kick) UWW — Kominiko Sila, 3, pass from Lee Brekke (Kindler kick) CU — Diaz Bolden, 66, pass from Henry (Hon kick)

    CU    UWW
First downs    11    22
Rushing    34-74    49-249
Passing    7-28-1    16-24-0
Passing yards    180    322
Total yards    254    571
Fumbles lost    3    1
Penalties    6-54    6-61
Punts-avg    8-41    5-40

CU individual statistics
Rushing — Wayne Coffee 15-55, Seth McFerrin 8-26, Zach Eastham 5-5, Patrick Henry 6-(-12).
Passing — Henry 4-22-0 for 160 and Eastham 3-6-1 for 20.
Receiving — Stan Warrenhuffman 3-87, Demytreus  Gipson 2-14, Diaz Bolden 1-66, Demetric Ray 1-13.
Tackles (solos) — Jeffrey Demary 11 (5), Blake Young 9 (5), Michael Chandler 9 (3), Dwight Houston 7 (4), Winston Harbison 7 (3), Rodrick Dickerson 6 (4), Roger Williamson 6 (3), TayVaughn Wynn 5 (2), Jermaine Dumas 3, Brandon Hillary 2 (2), Henri Baynham-Baker 2 (1), Brandon Brown 2 (1), Earl McCann 2 (1), William Harris 2 (1), Darius Skinner 2, Nick Reed 2, Leon Melvin 1 (1), Derek Mincy 1 (1).