Football Holds Off CUW, Retains Luther Cup For Fourth Straight Year

Football Holds Off CUW, Retains Luther Cup For Fourth Straight Year

MEQUON, Wis. ( – Behind a late fumble recovery with 1:37 left in the game, the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team retained the Luther Cup for the fourth straight year as it defeated Concordia Wisconsin, 22-19, in the Lutheran Bowl on a rainy afternoon at Tomasini Stadium Saturday afternoon.


  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 22, Concordia Wisconsin 19
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-4, 2-1 NACC), Concordia Wisconsin (1-5, 0-3 NACC)
  • Location: Tomasini Stadium, Mequon, Wis.


  • The wet conditions played a factor from the start as the Warriors fumbled the opening kickoff. The Falcons punched the ball into the end zone two plays later and led 6-0 just :30 seconds into the game.
  • WLC took advantage of a CUW fumble on its half of midfield and used a five-play, 44-yard drive capped off by a nine-yard rush from John-Marcus Carruthers (Fayetteville, Ark.) to knot the score at 6-6 after a missed extra point.
  • Facing a third down and 10 at the Falcons 12, Pat Mathieson (New Port Richey, Fla.) found J.K. Witkofski (Racine, Wis.) on a quick slant over the middle to give the Warriors a 13-6 lead with 8:20 left in the opening half.
  • After a failed fourth down conversion by WLC, CUW used just five plays to march down to the WLC six-yard line, but the Warriors defense stood tall and forced a 23-yard field goal as the first-half clock expired. Wisconsin Lutheran led 13-9 at the half despite three fumbles.
  • The Falcons started their opening drive at their own five and were forced to punt, giving the ball to the Warriors at midfield. Wisconsin Lutheran marched down to have a first and goal, but settled for a 20-yard field goal from Grant Fleming (Kaukauna, Wis.) to extend the lead to 16-9.
  • CUW responded with a field goal of its own, cutting the score to 16-12 with 1:30 left in the third quarter.
  • Fleming drilled another field goal, this one from 25 yards, early in the fourth to push the WLC lead back to a touchdown with 10:52 left.
  • Highlighted by a 48-yard completion to Tony Ciufo (Madison, Wis.) down the right sideline, the Warriors pushed their lead to two possessions behind a 26-yard field goal from Fleming.
  • CUW responded with a three-yard touchdown pass to cut the WLC lead to 22-19 with 1:56 left in regulation.
  • The Falcons recovered the following onside kick. On a long quarterback scramble, Eric Griebenow (Ixonia, Wis.) forced a fumble which was recovered by Brandon Morrissey (Waupun, Wis.). Wisconsin Lutheran was able to run the clock out and secure the Luther Cup for the fourth straight season.


  • The Warriors finished the game with a season-high of 408 total yards, 241 coming on the ground.
  • Carruthers led the Warriors with 174 rushing yards with a touchdown. Mathieson threw for 167 yards and a touchdown on 12 of 19 attempts.
  • Tony Ciufo (Madison, Wis.) led WLC's receivers with three catches and 71 yards, and Witkofski had the touchdown reception.
  • Cameron Wolf (Oconomowoc, Wis.) recorded a team-high six tackles, four coming for a loss of yards.
  • The Warriors defense forced two Falcon fumbles and six punts. The Green and White kept the hosts to just 17 percent (2-of-12) on third down conversions.
  • Wisconsin Lutheran held the ball for 11 minutes longer and ran 18 plays more than Concordia Wisconsin.


  • The Falcons totaled 308 yards of offense, 140 through the air and 168 on the ground.
  • Bryan Gudka threw for 140 yards and a touchdown, completing 13 of 20 throws.
  • Gudka also led the rushing attack, tallying 91 yards on the ground on 18 attempts.
  • Tyler Perkins had 10 total tackles, seven solo, to pace the Falcons defense.


  • The Warriors return to Raabe Stadium Saturday for Hall of Fame Day against defending NACC champion Lakeland (4-2, 2-0 NACC). Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The Muskies celebrated their Homecoming Saturday with a 57-21 victory over Benedictine. Links to live stats and video will be available at