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Warhawks open WIAC play

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Gazette staff
September 30, 2011
— Part two of a what is likely a four-part season begins Saturday for the top-ranked UW-Whitewater football team.

The two-time defending NCAA Division III champion Warhawks, who breezed through the nonconference portion of their schedule with a 3-0 record, begin Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play with a 2 p.m. game against UW-Platteville at Perkins Stadium.


Whitewater has defeated Platteville


(3-1, 1-0) six straight times, including a


49-17 dismantling last season.


Although the Warhawks won 19 of the last 21 meetings with Platteville, coach Lance Leipold is wary of Saturday's opponent. The Pioneers already have a conference win, 17-14 over UW-La Crosse, and a 26-3 nonconference victory over perennial WIAC contender UW-Stevens Point.


"They've got a nice quarterback in Nick Anderson and run a nice spread offense," Leipold said. "We hope to use our size advantage, and wear them down over the course of the game."


Whitewater is coming off a bye week, and Leipold hopes there is not a letdown after three impressive wins to start the season.


"You always worry about a slow start coming off a bye week, but playing at home in front of our fans, I hope we can feed off that energy," Leipold said. "It's Family Day, and we're also celebrating the life of George Chryst by playing in the Chryst Bowl, so it should be a great crowd on Saturday."


Whitewater leads the WIAC in team defense, allowing a mere 7.0 points and 190 yards of total offense per game. Platteville is second in overall team defense.


Warhawk quarterback Matt Blanchard is the top-ranked passer in the WIAC, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 152.7 yards per game, with five touchdowns and no interceptions. All-America running back Levell Coppage is averaging 6.4 yards per rushing attempt.


Whitewater has the longest winning streak in NCAA football—any division. The Warhawks have won 33 consecutive games, including 17 straight in the WIAC.


GAME FACTS

-- What: UW-Platteville (3-1, 1-0) at UW-Whitewater (3-0, 0-0) in WIAC football.


-- When: 2 p.m., Saturday.


-- Where: Perkins Stadium, Whitewater.


-- Series: Whitewater leads 75-24-4, including six straight.


-- Last year: Whitewater won 49-17 at Platteville.


-- Coaches: Lance Leipold is 60-3 in four years at Whitewater; Mike Emendorfer is 45-78 in his 13th season at Platteville.



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