What: Greenville (Illinois) University (8-2) at No. 3 UW-Whitewater (10-0).
When: Noon Saturday.
Where: Perkins Stadium, Whitewater.
TV/radio/internet: A telecast will be streamed live by portal.stretchinternet.com/uww. WKCH radio (106.5 FM) will broadcast the game, with an online stream at kix1065.com. Live statistics can be found at www.ncaa.com/game/5908737.
Last week: The Warhawks closed out a perfect regular season, erasing an early 3-0 deficit to take a 56-10 victory at UW-Stevens Point. ... Greenville scored 26 second-quarter points and rolled to a 47-21 victory over Minnesota-Morris, the Panthers' sixth consecutive victory, to clinch the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference title.
The series: This will be the first meeting between the Warhawks and Panthers. Whitewater is 55-10 in NCAA III playoff games; on the other hand, this is Greenville's first-ever NCAA playoff appearance.
About the Warhawks: Coach Kevin Bullis (seventh season, 67-9 record) put on a dominant performance against Stevens Point to get playoff-ready. The offense produced 599 total yards, including 370 yards rushing; the defense held the Pointers to 183 yards, with only 41 gained on the ground. For the regular season, Whitewater averaged 40.1 points per game and allowed 11.9, gained 441.6 yards per game and allowed 276.8, and enjoyed a plus-8 turnover margin. ... Senior offensive lineman Douglas Kosh anchored the line that helped Whitewater average 11.3 yards per carry and rack up 26 first downs. ... Senior quarterback Max Meylor, newly crowned as the WIAC Offensive Player of the Year, has completed 70.4% of his passes (171 of 243) for 2,173 yards and 29 touchdowns, with two interceptions. Three-time all-WIAC pick Alex Peete, a senior running back, has 942 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. Senior receiver Ryan Wisniewski leads the receiving corps with 44 catches for 745 yards and 11 scores. ... On defense, sophomore defensive back Egon Hein, the team's leading tackler, had one stop, two pass breakups and an interception against Stevens Point. Also last week, freshman defensive lineman Matt Burba totaled three tackles and helped Whitewater stuff the Pointers' rushing attack.
About the Panthers: Ninth-year Greenville coach Robbie Schomaker (ninth season, 45-41) has led his team back from back-to-back losses to Adrian and Trinity International to a run of six victories by an average score of 38.0 to 17.3. The Panthers rank in the top 15 nationally in rushing, led by running back Paul Garrett. Garrett leads the nation in points per game (13.8), points scored (138), total touchdowns (23) and all-purpose yards (196.8 per game). He ranks second in rushing yards with 1,614 (161.4 per game) and rushing TDs (21). He averages 7.3 yards per carry. ... Quarterback Chase Butterfield has thrown for 2,028 yards and 22 touchdowns, with Delrey Crowder catching 31 throws for 430 yards and Matthew Tiger grabbing 26 for 324 yards. ... The defense allows 320.5 yards and 24.6 points per game, including 225.1 yards passing per game. ... Defensive lineman Turjon McLaurin leads the team in tackles for loss (13) and sacks (10), and defensive back Isaac Green has recorded four interceptions and three forced fumbles.