College football: Mistakes add up for No. 11 Winona State in loss to Upper Iowa
FAYETTE, Iowa — Costly mistakes added up for Winona State as Upper Iowa mounted a fourth-quarter to hand the Warriors their first loss of the season 34-33 on Saturday at Harms-Eischeid Stadium in Fayette, Iowa.
Leading 33-27 with just over a minute to go, the Warriors had a chance to make a stop seal the game, but the previously-winless Peacocks dug deep into their bag of tricks and pulled out a double pass with two quarterbacks on the field on fourth-and-10 from the UIU 33.
Quarterback Brent Lammers threw a backwards pass to the right sideline to backup quarterback Jake Schuman who turned around and threw back to Lammers running to the left down the left sideline for a 22-yard gain and a first down. An unnecessary roughness penalty added 15 yards and the Peacocks had the ball at the WSU 30. A pass interference penalty in the end zone gave UIU the ball at the WSU 1-yard line and A.J. Conner pounded it in to give the Peacocks a 1-point lead.
The Warriors got into Peacocks territory on their next drive, but Mitchel Siech intercepted an Owen Burke pass and UIU sealed its second victory over WSU in 15 tries. And the No. 11 Warriors (2-1, 2-1) got their first loss of the season, while Upper Iowa (1-2, 1-2) got its first win.
Burke kept the Warriors in it while the offense struggled to piece together a consistent rushing attack. He was 19 for 33 for 282 yards, three touchdowns and the interception.
He and receiver Isaiah Frandsen connected on a pair of touchdowns in an 18-point third quarter for the Warriors that saw them enter trailing 14-9 and exit leading 27-14.
With 7:31 to go in the third, Frandsen out-ran the coverage over the top on a post route and the quarterback hit him in stride for a 59-yard touchdown. He dove across the goal line and appeared to lose the ball, but the refs ruled he had crossed the line before losing possession. Frandsen then caught a Burke pass on the 2-point try and the Warriors led 17-14.
Frandsen struck again 2 minutes later, making an acrobatic catch over a Peacocks defender in the back of the end zone near the left sideline for a 25-yard touchdown from Burke. The quarterback threw a jump ball to his veteran receiver and the 6-foot-3 contested-catch specialist came down with it.
Isaiah Hall forced and recovered a fumble on the next drive and set the Warriors up at the UIU 19-yard line. Paul Ortiz added to the WSU tally with a 40-yard field goal to make it 27-14 going into the fourth.
Ortiz was 2-for-4 on field goal tries, making from 40 and 24, but missing from 29 and 44, and was 1-for-2 on PAT tries.
Lammers threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns, with two of them coming in a 20-point fourth quarter.
He found Alec Stevens in the middle of the field for an 11-yard touchdown on fourth down to make it a 1-score game at 27-21. But the Warriors answered right back as Sam Santiago-Lloyd scored on a 23 yard run. A 2-point conversion try failed and WSU led by 13.
UIU answered on the next drive as Skyler Lehman lept to catch a 10-yard touchdown pass from Lammers with 5 minutes to go to cap a 12-play, 75-yard drive and make it 33-27. Lammers completed a 15-yard pass to Brailin Simon on fourth-and-10 to keep the drive alive.
The Peacocks were 5-for-5 on fourth down attempts, and 8 for 23 on third down.
The Warriors had a hard time running the football on the opening drive. Five rushing attempts by Sam Santiago-Lloyd netted zero yards. All 17 rushing yards on the drive came on an Owen Burke scramble for a first down on third-and-16. They found their footing in the run game as the game wore on as Santiago-Lloyd finished with 79 yards and a touchdown.
The Warriors host No. 2 MSU Mankato at 1 p.m. next Saturday.