Titan football scoots past Stout with go-ahead field goal in fourth quarter

Joseph Schulz, Managing Editor

The UW Oshkosh football team eked out a 26-23 victory when they traveled to UW-Stout last Saturday, extending their winning streak over the Blue Devils to 10 games.

After the win, the Titans are sitting at 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. UWO finished the game with 204 yards through the air and 174 yards on the ground. The Titan defense held the Blue Devils to 87 yards rushing and 207 yards passing.

Freshman quarterback Kobe Berghammer completed 50% of his passes, going 15 of 30 for 155 yards through the air and scoring one touchdown. He also lead the Titans in rushing, running for 45 yards and one touchdown.

While Berghammer led the Titans in passing yards, Freshman running back Peter MacCudden had the superior passer rating, going 1 for 1 for 28 yards and a touchdown.

Berghammer tossed the ball out to MacCudden and MacCudden tossed the ball out to junior wide receiver Ryan Hayes.

“We had a game plan that they might come up and play hard on it,” Berghammer said. “So, we had a play where he came out and threw it deep.”
The Titans’ sophomore kicker Jaydon Haag also completed a pass during a fake punt for 21 yards.

“We were working on it all week,” Haag said. “It was the second punt of the game and coach pulled it out. The guy was wide open and I just had to lob it up.”

Haag went 2 for 2 in field goal attempts, including the 42 yard game winning kick in the fourth quarter.

The Titans took an early lead in the first quarter with a 14-yard touchdown pass from Berghammer to wide receiver Riley Kallas. At the end of the first half, the Titans were up 23 to 10.

In the second half, the Blue Devils clawed their way back, tying the game up at 23-23 with 11:18 left in regulation.

With 8:49 left in the game, Haag drilled the game winning field goal. Before the kick, Haag said he was nervous, knowing it would give UWO the lead in the fourth quarter.

“It was my first big kick,” he said. “I could hear the crowd yelling, and I was just thinking don’t miss this kick. I hit it and it looked good.”

The Titans’ defense staved off defeat, not allowing a point for the remainder of the game.

Head coach Pat Cerroni said Stout is always a tough place to play and that most of the team had never played there before.

“We went in there with a bunch of young guys, and they actually played a pretty solid game,” Cerroni said. “We had a nice drive in the fourth quarter to seal it.

Cerroni said after Haag’s field goal to take the lead, the guys on defense looked at each other and said, “it’s time.”

“They executed to perfection, and we got off the field in four plays,” he said of the defense’s fourth quarter stand.

Cerroni said he’s proud of his guys for getting the tough road win.

“We got the win, and in this conference that’s all you can ask for,” Cerroni said.

The Titans will take on UW-Stevens Point at Titan Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday.