The University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point football team lost to the University of Wisconsin-Stout 22-19 on Saturday, squandering the lead after three quarters.
The Blue Devils received the opening kickoff but they would not have the ball for long before senior linebacker Curtis Krump intercepted Stout senior quarterback Ross Carey. The Pointer offense spared no time, taking only two plays to score. Senior running back Cory Flisakowski punched through the Blue Devil defense for a 15-yard touchdown.
A few three-and-outs later and the Pointers got another momentum boost. After solid defense by UWSP, Stout found itself punting from its own three-yard line. The Pointer return brought them to the Blue Devil 40-yard line.
Point drove the ball down to the 10-yard line but then surrendered a 14-yard sack. The offense failed to move the ball further, but senior kicker Jered Fohrman connected on a 42-yard field goal giving UWSP a 10-0 lead.
Stout then saw some light thanks to a pass interference and two personal foul penalties in the red zone. The Point defense held the Blue Devil rushing attack on three straight plays, forcing Stout to settle for a field goal. Sophomore Blue Devil kicker Richard Marteney chipped it in from 19 yards out making the score 10-3 Pointers.
After Point was again unable to move the ball, Stout proceeded to drive and take advantage of Pointer mistakes, this time a facemask penalty. The Blue Devils drove down to the one-yard line but failed to convert on two consecutive quarterback sneaks by Carey, and an Eric Brown run.
Stout was forced to
kick another field goal, this one from 18 yards out. Marteney would convert, bringing the Blue Devils within four before halftime.
In the locker room, Point Head Coach John Miech tried to figure out why the offense couldn’t move the ball the same way they did in the opening drives. With sophomore quarterback Casey Barnes struggling and injured, Miech put fellow sophomore Mitch Beau in charge.
Stout would come out of halftime with a punch. After Point failed to capitalize on their opening half possession, sophomore running back Daniel Vyvyan broke out a 53-yard run."Defense played great except for a handfull of plays," said a Pointer
team source. The defense would make up for that play by forcing Carey to throw his second interception, this time to senior
defensive back Collin Johnson.
However, Point would squander another chance and punt the ball back to Stout after another three-and-out.
Stout’s creativity would begin to pick apart the defense starting with a 31-yard gain off of a reverse by senior wide receiver Jordan Peterson. This led to another field goal by Marteney from 27 yards out, closing the Point lead to one.
Beau, who is much more of a scrambling quarterback than Barnes, began using his legs to answer Stout’s offensive success. A 10-yard run on third and six and a 4-yard run on fourth and three opened the door for Beau to lob a 30-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Marc Young. Fohrman tacked on the extra point, sending the score to 17-9.
Junior tight end Josh Peterson was wide open down field and shrugged off a tackle to land in the end zone.
"You gotta give Stout credit for great play calling," said the source. "We were all just really happy with the way Beau stepped up."
Stout would take their first lead of the game off a Brown rush up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown. Stout failed on a two-point conversion to make it a seven-point game, leaving the score at 22-17.
Point drove hard in the final two minutes with a highlight pass from Beau to Young for 15 yards. However, Beau would be unable to lead the Pointers back to a victory after throwing his only interception of the game.
With only two timeouts left, Point could only postpone the loss. The game ended with Carey rushing to the back of his own end zone for a safety as time expired, making the final score 22-19.
The Pointers’ next game is at Goerke field against the University of Wisconsin-River Falls at 1:00 p.m. UWSP will try to break their winless streak in conference play and improve on their 2-3 record.