Behrendt sets passing TD record for UW-W
WHITEWATER—UW-Whitewater’s football team lives by the motto of pound the rock.
Saturday afternoon, however, the Warhawks lived by the motto of pound the UW-Stout secondary into submission.
Warhawk quarterback Matt Behrendt broke a school record with six touchdown passes, including three to Jake Kumerow, who also racked up 226 yards on 11 catches to propel Whitewater to an impressive 55-13 victory over the Blue Devils in front of 10,528 fans here Saturday afternoon.
The Warhawks have now outscored their WIAC opponents 102-16 in their first two conference games, thanks to a new high-flying passing attack that has racked up 708 passing yards.
“Our ability to throw the ball has been a huge plus for us,” Warhawk head coach Lance Leipold said. “It’s going to need to be a plus as we go through the season.”
The Warhawks will indeed need to rely on the passing game going forward with three running backs out with injuries, including starter Nick Patterson. Leipold was unsure of when the runners would return.
Fortunately for Whitewater, the running game wasn’t needed too often against Stout.
After Eric Kindler drilled a pair of field goals, Behrendt got his record-breaking day going with a 5-yard strike to Joe Worth to make it 13-7 Whitewater.
Kumerow then got into the act with consecutive touchdown receptions of 29 and 12 yards.
“People were asking me throughout the game how many catches did I have,” said Kumerow, who came within 23 yards of the Whitewater single-game receiving yards record. “I was feeling like I had a big game getting more catches than I normally do, but I just go out there and run the plays.”
Justin Howard then added an acrobatic 35-yard touchdown pass over the middle to make it 34-10 with 35 seconds left in the half.
“When we see corners trying to play our receivers one-on-one on the outside, we take that as an insult,” Behrendt said. “We know we’ve got wide receivers that can make big plays.”
Behrendt kept the heat on the Blue Devil defense in the second half with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Christensen, followed by a record-breaking sixth touchdown pass of 4 yards to Kumerow to make it 48-10 after three quarters.
“We were just going out there playing and it ended up just being a great game all around,” said Behrendt.
Booker Ross finally ended the touchdown-pass binge with an 8-yard touchdown run in the fourth to round out the Warhawks’ scoring onslaught.
“It was a very positive step to where we want to be,” Leipold said. “We played some pretty good football today.”