Football claims a close-call game in final seconds

Greg Sense, Reporter

The UW Oshkosh football team came from behind to beat UW Platteville 24-20 last Saturday, moving the Titan’s into sole possession of 2nd place in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The game had a dramatic finish as the UW-Platteville Pioneers scored a touchdown with just under two minutes left giving the Pioneers a lead of 20-17.

The UWO offense worked fast as it quickly assembled an 8 play 75 yard drive, which ended in a 10-yard touchdown pass from freshman Kobe Berghammer to freshman Peter MacCudden to give the Titans the lead with 18 seconds left.

Berghammer credited the game-winning drive to the team’s composure and great instruction from the coaching staff.

“Everyone stayed calm,” Berghammer said. “Great play calls, we executed, and we ended up winning the game.”

Berghammer also went on to mention how much the Titans’ versatile running back core helps the team’s offensive ability.

“It’s a huge benefit with those guys,” Berghammer said. “Some of those guys can catch as good as our receivers.

They’re great athletes, and it’s fun to give them the ball and let them make plays.”

This comeback win was even more impressive considering the team had to rally back from last weeks 31-3 loss at UW-La Crosse.

Head coach Pat Cerroni was very proud with how his team responded following the disappointing loss last week.

“We beat a hell of a football team so I’m pretty proud of these guys,” Cerroni said. “They really stepped up and that’s tough to do.”

In addition to throwing the winning touchdown, Berghammer had a standout game leading the team in rushing yards and passing yards for the fourth time this season.

Berghammer ran for 114 yards and passed for 174 yards in addition to throwing two passing touchdowns.

Other key pieces of the Titan offense on Saturday were Peter MacCudden, who in addition to catching the game winner also recorded a rushing touchdown, freshman Jimmy Duval caught a 40-yard touchdown pass, and junior Mitchell Gerend who led the team in receiving with 78 yards.

The Titans’ defense also had a strong showing on Saturday with seven players recording four or more tackles.
Sophomore Jaydon Haag contributed three extra points as well as a field goal, maintaining his perfect field goal completion percentage this season.

MacCudden stated that staying focused has been and will continue to be key the UWO’s success this season.
“With everything we’ve got to do we just need to take it one game at a time,” MacCudden said. “We just have to stay focused on playing Titan football and doing what we gotta do.”

UWO hopes to keep the positive momentum going into their game this Saturday against UW-River Falls in Oshkosh.