Whitewater falls, Oshkosh advances in D3 quarterfinals

MADISON, Wis. — The journey back to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl has ended for UW — Whitewater, falling 31-14 to John Carroll, while UW — Oshkosh’s hopes at a national title remain alive after a 34-31 win over St. Thomas.

John Carroll controlled the pace of the game against Whitewater, eating up 33 minutes and one second of the game clock and putting up 305 yards of offense. Whitewater was also forced into two turnovers, which it couldn’t come back from. For the Blue Streaks, it’s their second win over a national title contender in four weeks, forcing Mount Union to go on the road for the playoffs with a regular season win 31-28.

UW — Oshkosh got past St. Thomas thanks to a go-ahead 36-yard field goal with 2:30 remaining. The Titan defense also forced eight turnovers, while the offense committed none of their own. Quarterback Brett Kasper went 13-of-26 for 237 yards. The offense racked up a total of 406 yards.

The Titans and Blue Streaks will meet up in the national semifinal game Dec. 10, a rematch of their week one meeting where Oshkosh came out ahead 33-14 on the road. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CT on ESPN3.

UW-Whitewater set to open the season on Saturday

While much of Wisconsin’s attention this weekend will be on Green Bay where the Badgers open the season against LSU at Lambeau Field, another college football team will be getting their year underway in Whitewater.

The Warhawks, under second-year coach Kevin Bullis, will take on The College of New Jersey on Saturday at Perkins Stadium. And a year after going 12-2 and making it to the national semifinals in his first go around as the head man, Bullis and company are looking to return to the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, something that was almost a yearly occurrence under former coach Lance Leipold. In fact, he won six titles during his time at UW-Whitewater before leaving for the University of Buffalo prior to last season.

Bullis was a part of five of those title teams and says going another year without a championship would be in direction opposition to what the program has developed itself into.

“We weren’t going to change our philosophy here at Whitewater,” Bullis told the Daily Union. “That ultimately is truly the basis of Warhawk football.

“Now, we have to build on that.”

Whitewater is in prime position to be able to do that. They return 14 starters from last year’s team and will start the season ranked No. 3 in the D3football.com preseason Top 25, while also being favorites to recapture the WIAC title after UW-Oshkosh won it a year ago.

Among the starters returning include eight players on offense, chief among them senior quarterback Chris Nelson, who will build on a season in which he threw for 2,528 yards, 20 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He’s got one of his favorite weapons, senior Marcus Hudson, back after he put together a junior season that saw him grab 54 passes for 942 yards and nine touchdowns. And though All-American running back Jordan Ratliffe is gone, much of the offensive line that helped them run for 222.9 yards per game is back.

On the other side of the ball, six starters return, including three along the defensive line. The charge is led by preseason All-American Brandon Tamsett, who had 8.0 tackles for loss as a junior. Two starters — Paul Foster and Matt Seitz — return in the linebacking core, while three starters must be replaced in the secondary.

Tim Fader sues UW – Whitewater

WHITEWATER, Wis. — Former University of Wisconsin | Whitewater wrestling coach Tim Fader has filed federal paperwork to sue former chancellor Richard Telfer and current athletic director Amy Edmonds.

Fader’s contract with UW | W was not renewed following an incident in 2014 in which he reported an alleged sexual assault involving one of his recruits and a female student he knew. He reported the incident directly to Whitewater city police instead of his supervisors, which is a violation of school policy.

A key argument in Fader’s lawsuit is that the school actively tried to keep him from getting another job. The paperwork says a potential employer from a university in Minnesota tried contacting Edmonds for a job reference but that she couldn’t tell “the whole story,” implying “unreported misconduct on Fader’s part.”

Fader has since gained employment at UW | Eau Claire in the same capacity. He’s a four-time Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Coach of the Year.

Bears Waive Former UW-Whitewater QB Matt Blanchard

CHICAGO — After getting a second chance with the Chicago Bears in January, former University of Wisconsin | Whitewater quarterback Matt Blanchard has been placed on waivers.

After leading the Warhawks to three NCAA Division III National Championships, Blanchard was signed by the Bears in 2012 as an undrafted free agent, only to be waived at the start of the 2013 season. He bounced around to the Panthers, Packers, Browns, and Colts before finding his way back in Chicago in January.

The 27-year-old journeyman has yet to appear in an NFL game and was informed of his fate on Thursday.

Blanchard will be replaced on the Bears roster by rookie Dartmouth quarterback Dalyn Williams.