What: UW-Platteville (1-3 overall, 0-1 WIAC) at No. 3 UW-Whitewater (4-0, 1-0).
When: 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Perkins Stadium, Whitewater.
Tickets: Tickets, from $8 to $13, are available at the gate.
Last week: The Warhawks opened WIAC play with a 37-6 victory over previously unbeaten UW-Stout at home. ... Platteville visited eighth-ranked UW-Oshkosh for its WIAC opener and mounted a late charge before falling 35-32.
The series: Whitewater leads, 84-24-4, and has beaten Platteville in 23 of the teams’ last 25 meetings. Six of the last eight meetings have been decided by 10 points or fewer.
About the Warhawks: Coach Kevin Bullis (sixth season, 61-9 record) has seen his team shut out its first four opponents in the first half for a combined halftime margin of 105-0, part of an average scoring margin of 38.3 to 8.5 points. A key defender has been senior defensive back Mark McGrath, who earned WIAC Defensive Player of the Week honors after making six tackles, forcing one fumble and breaking up one pass against Stout. McGrath has 19 tackles, one behind junior linebacker Shane McGrail for the team lead. Senior defensive lineman Mackenzie Balanganayi has five quarterback hurries and four of the Warhawks’ 12 sacks. On offense, senior receiver Ryan Wisniewski caught three passes for 68 yards and two TDs, helping Max Meylor, a senior, boost his season passing totals to 916 yards (at a 71.1% completion rate) with 13 touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back Alex Peete, a senior, now has 277 yards rushing and eight TDs.
About the Pioneers: Coach Mike Emendorfer (22nd season, 109-107 record) still follows his pass-oriented philosophy, though he has introduced a modicum of rushing into the scheme over recent years. The Pioneers throw for 305.3 yards per game and run for 57.2 yards, averaging 28.5 points per game. Senior quarterback Colin Schuetz has completed 109 of 170 throws (59.4%) for 1,190 yards and nine touchdowns, with three interceptions. Sophomore wide receiver Brandt Stare has 24 receptions for 411 yards and three TDs. While scoring hasn’t been a problem, outscoring the opposition has. The Platteville defense has yielded 29.2 points and a whopping 478.8 yards per game. Freshman linebacker Sam Smith leads the crew with 41 tackles, and sophomore defensive lineman Justin Blazek has 38 tackles, two sacks, seven tackles for loss, a fumble recovery and an interception.