Last-Second Field Goal Sends Warriors Past Cougars

Last-Second Field Goal Sends Warriors Past Cougars

RIVER FOREST, Ill. (WLCSports.com) – Junior kicker Jake Buhler (Greenville, Wis.) knocked through a 43-yard field goal, the fourth-longest in program history, with 0:32 seconds left in the fourth quarter, giving the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team a big 17-14 road win over Concordia Chicago at Concordia Stadium on Saturday afternoon. It was the Warriors' seventh straight win over the Cougars.

  • Final Score: Wisconsin Lutheran 17, Concordia Chicago 14
  • Records: Wisconsin Lutheran (2-6, 2-3 NACC), Concordia Chicago (4-4, 2-3 NACC)
  • Location: Concordia Stadium, River Forest, Ill.

  • The Cougars took the opening possession 30 yards before the Warriors defense forced back-to-back incompletions to create a turnover on downs. Neither team found success on the next four drives, as each team punted.
  • With six minutes remaining in the first quarter, WLC marched into Cougars territory but a fourth down pass attempt was stopped just a yard shy of the first down marker and the Warriors turned the ball over on downs.
  • Following four consecutive drives that ended in punts, Concordia Chicago put together a 52-yard drive that saw the Cougars with a first down from the Warriors' 27-yard line. However, a penalty and an interception caused by senior Tony Orlando (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) ended any chance to score.
  • Each team turned the ball over again on their next possessions, as freshman Nick Yockey (Gig Harbor, Wash.) threw an interception in CUC territory before sophomore Nathan Ewaskowitz (Sister Bay, Wis.) forced a fumble on the following play as the Warriors got the ball back in great starting position.
  • The Warriors took advantage of the field position after Yockey completed a 22-yard pass on third down to put the ball on the Cougars' three. A couple plays later, Yockey plunged the ball ahead for a one-yard score to give WLC the first score of the game.
  • Concordia Chicago punted and WLC turned the ball over on downs at the end of the first half, as the Warriors led 7-0 at halftime.
  • The Warriors started the second half with a punt and the Cougars responded with their best drive of the game. Running back Lance Moise capped off a 10-play, 75-yard drive with a 31-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 7-7.
  • WLC answered with a scoring drive of its own, as Yockey scored his second rushing touchdown of the day from two yards out with 4:22 left in the third quarter. Junior wide receiver Sam Boone (Mindoro, Wis.) hauled in three passes for 52 yards on the drive, including a 24-yard catch on third-and-10.
  • After back-to-back punts, the Cougars tied the game at 14-14 on a two-yard rush from Tylor Martens to cap off a 13-play, 76-yard drive with over eight minutes left in the game.
  • Both sides had chances to break the tie, but the next four possessions resulted in three punts and a Cougars interception.
  • With just over a minute to play, the Warriors started their drive at the Cougars' 37-yard line after a 28-yard punt. The offense was able to gain 12 yards, but the Cougars defense held strong and pushed WLC to a fourth down. With just 0:32 seconds remaining, Warriors Buhler knocked through a 43-yard field goal to give the Warriors a three-point lead.
  • The Cougars had an opportunity to answer, but Jaxon Aubry threw his third interception of the game into the waiting arms of junior Ethan Ortiz (Milwaukee, Wis.) to seal the victory for the Warriors.

  • Yockey finished with 21 completions on 42 attempts for 231 yards and one interception. He added both of the Warriors' scores with his two rushing touchdowns.
  • Boone led three receivers with at least 60 yards, as he caught four passes for 61 yards. Sophomore Brandon Livingston (Carson, Calif.) and senior Javion Morgan (Naples, Fla.) each hauled in five passes for 60 yards.
  • Freshman Jade Burge (Woodland, Ala.), sophomore Ty Castillo (San Antonio, Texas), and junior Mykael Ignaszak (Cudahy, Wis.) each finished with double-digit tackles, led by Burge's 12. Ignaszak added the lone Warriors' sack, and Orlando picked off a pair of passes to lead the defense.

  • The Cougars, who boast the second-best rushing attack in the NACC, finished with 271 yards on the ground. Moise paced the team with 144 yards on 20 carries, while Martens added 90 yards of his own.
  • Defensively, John Correa found himself around the ball often, recording 10 total tackles and an interception. The Cougars defensive stymied the Warriors rushing attack throughout the day, finishing with six tackles for loss and allowing just 39 rushing yards.

  • The Warriors return home for their final two games of the season, starting next Saturday when they host conference-leading Aurora (7-1, 5-0 NACC) at 1:00 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for the game at WLCSports.com.