|Date:||September 2, 2017|
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse posted its third consecutive season opening victory over Luther tonight posting a final score of 27-7. After the Eagles had jumped out to an early 7-0 lead, the stadium was cleared with seven minutes remaining in the first quarter, due to a weather system that resulted in a one hour and six minute delay.
When play resumed, the Eagles had the ball on the Luther 13. A 10-yard pass moved the ball to the three. The Norse defense dug in and kept the Eagles out of the end zone stuffing their rushing attack three times at the one.
At halftime La Crosse held a 17-0 lead and added 10 more points in the third quarter, before Luther put its only points of the evening on the score board early in the fourth quarter. Luther Senior quarterback Brady Letney connected with Justin Montgomery on a four-yard touchdown pass that capped off a 79-yard, eight play drive.
The Eagles tallied 442 yards of total offense, with 306 coming in the passing game. Eagles all-WIAC quarterback Tarek Yaeggi threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns. He connected with eight different receivers and threw touchdown passes of 17, 30 and 32 yards.
Luther recorded 373 yards of total offense, with 280 coming on the ground. Anthony Hollingshed rushed for 136 yards on 12 carries with a long of 59, in his first collegiate football game. Nick Slavens tallied 66 yards and Yassine Ouazzani was next with 43.
Letney threw for 69 yards and connected with Ricardo Chavez three times for 68 yards.
David Ponath led the defensive unit with 11 tackles. Dante Joseph was next with nine, while Luke Pulliam, Issac Highum and Josh Olerud were all credited with eight.
Luther returns to action one week from today when it will host St. Olaf College at 2:00 p.m.
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586