Whitewater overpowers Campbellsville
WHITEWATER If there is one thing UW-Whitewater football coach Lance Leipold has learned during his successful tenure is not to sweat the small stuff until after savoring the victory.
Leipold’s top-ranked Warhawks extended college football’s longest winning streak to 33 with a clinical 54-14 victory over NAIA member Campbellsville here Saturday afternoon.
Warhawk quarterback Matt Blanchard fired three touchdown passes and racked up 294 passing yards in the first half, while Levell Coppage ran for two scores to help Whitewater (3-0) warmly greet 6,823 festive fans.
Whitewater has outscored its three opponents 125-21 this season, which has made Leipold sit back and enjoy the successful start.
“I’ve tried to learn to relax a little bit and savor the victories,” Leipold said. “It’s about the progress, and I know in the second half was tough on some things, but when I look at the first two and half quarters, much like last week, our ability to do things in bunches is exciting.”
Exciting is one way to put it.
The Warhawks rolled up scoring plays of 50, 48, 54, 64, and 60 in just over two quarters to open a commanding 44-7 advantage early in the third.
Cory Robinson got the scoring started with a 50-yard touchdown catch from Blanchard early in the first quarter. That was just the beginning of the onslaught.
Tyler Huber later had touchdown catches of 54 and 64. Huber, who has the daunting task of replacing graduated All-America receiver Aaron Rusch, led the way with three catches for 122 yards for the day.
“Going into this season, we felt very good about our depth at receiver,” Leipold said. “What they didn’t have is a lot of game experience, but you can see where the talent is. Huber has athleticism and flat-out speed in pulling away from people.”
Desmin Ward and Coppage also got into the big-play act in running for scores of 60 and 48 yards, respectively.
Coppage, who also had a 2-yard touchdown run, didn’t get to the start the game due to a coach’s decision. Buit he finished with 15 carries for 117 yards.
Campbellsville, meanwhile, tacked on a big play of its own.
Stan Warrenhuffman answered the Warhawk big plays with a 73-yard over-the-shoulder catch to cut the deficit to 23-7 with 8:13 left in the second quarter.
“It looked like Noah (Timm) stumbled a little bit on that touchdown pass,” Leipold said. “We knew they were going to take some shots, but it’s never going to be perfect, and without making excuses, we’ll get it corrected and learn from it.”
Meanwhile, Whitewater’s defense shut the door from there and watched the offense steal the show.
WHITEWATER 54, CAMPBELLSVILLE 14
First downs 11 22
Rushing-yards 34-74 48-249
Yards passing 180 322
Passes 28-7-1 24-16-0
Punts-avg. 8-40.8 5-39.6
Fumbles-lost 3-3 1-1
Penalties-yards 6-54 6-61
Time of poss. 23:42 36:13
Campbellsville 0 7 0 7—14
UW-Whitewater 23 14 10 7—54
W—Cory Robinson, 50 pass from Matt Blanchard (Eric Kindler), 9:59. W—Desmin Ward, 48 run (Kindler kick), 6:56.. W—FG, Kindler, 40, 4:17. W—Tyler Huber, 54 pass from Matt Blanchard (Kindler kick), 00:00.
C—Stan Warrenhuffman, 73 pass from Patrick Henry (David Hon), 8:13. W—Huber, 64 pass from Blanchard (Kindler kick), 6:21. W—Levell Coppage, 2 run (Kindler kick), 5:10.
W—Coppage, 60 run (Kindler kick), 14:50. W—FG, Kindler, 45, 5:48.
W—Kominiko Sila, 3 passs from Lee Brekke (Kindler kick), 14:56. C—Diaz Bolden, 66 pass from Henry (Hon kick), 6:14.
RUSHING—Campbellsville: Wayne Coffee 15-55, Seth McFerrin 8-26, Zach Eastham 5-5, Patrick Henry 6/-12. Whitewater: Levell Coppage 15-117, Desmin Ward 9-90, Byron Stanford 8-31, Egar Wright 4-12, Matt Blanchard 1-6, Colton Sweitzer 5-6, Cody Weaver 3-3, Tyler Huber 1/-3, Lee Brekke 2/13.
PASSING—Campbellsville: Patrick Henry 224-0-160, Zach Eastham 6-3-1-20. Whitewater—Matt Blanchard 15-2-0-294, Lee Brekke 9-4-0-28.
RECEIVING—Campbellsville: Stan Warrenhuffman 3-87, D. Gipson 2-14, Diaz Bolden 1-66, Demetric Ray 1-13. Whitewater: Luke Menzel 4-67, Tyler Huber 3-122, Bernie Tamsett 3-39, Kominiko Sila 2-14, Cory Robinson 1-50, Steve Morris 1-16, Jason Ford 1-10, Zach Howard 1-4.