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Miners blanked by Wisconsin-LaCrosse

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Missouri S&T struggled all day long with a ranked team from the Division III ranks, suffering a 48-0 loss Sept. 25 at Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

The Miners were blanked for the first time in 71 games, as they were held off the scoreboard for the first time since the next-to-last game of the 2002 season when Washburn beat S&T.

After watching its defense get three-and-outs in the first two UW-Lacrosse series of the game, the Miner offense drove the ball to the Eagles' 30-yard line -- but a personal foul sent it back 15 yards and S&T eventually had to punt.

The Eagles proceeded to march 76 yards for the first score of the game, ending the drive on Nick Anker's seven-yard run with 2:08 left in the first period.

UW-LaCrosse added to its lead midway through the second period when Anker tossed an 11-yard scoring pass to Kyle Steffen.

Right before the end of the half, the Miners punted the ball to the Eagles and UWL's Tyler O'Kane made a big return to take it to the S&T 12 with 1:10 left.

Two plays later, Reid Oldenburg rambled 12 yards for a score to extend the margin to 21 at the intermission.

UW-LaCrosse then scored on its first four possessions of the second half, getting two more touchdown runs from Oldenburg (12- and 1-yard runs), a two-yard scoring run by Lee Lauters and a 9-yard touchdown pass from Dan Trussoni to Ross Slovenski.

The Miners had scoring opportunities, particularly in the second half, but couldn't convert any of those chances.

S&T drove to the Eagles' 13-yard line early in the second half, but an interception in the end zone ended that chance.

In the fourth quarter, the Miners moved inside UW-LaCrosse 10-yard line on two different occasions, but turned the ball over on downs on the first chance and then had time run out on them after a sack the next time they moved close to the Eagle goal line.

The Miners were held to 214 yards of total offense in the contest. Jason Schlueter completed 14-of-27 for 115 yards, with five of the catches made by Bobby Pettis.

Curterris Golden led the ground game with 50 yards on six carries.

Melvin Banks, who had one of the two interceptions by the Miner defense, had six tackles as did Brian Jordan to lead S&T.

R.J. Miller had the other pass interception.

Anker completed 19-of-30 passes for 227 yards and also ran for 75 to bolster the Eagles' ground game.

Oldenburg led all rushers in the game with 96 yards on 18 carries as UWL finished with exactly 500 yards of total offense.

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