The UW-River Falls football team wrapped up nonconference play with a 71-13 victory over the University of Northwestern 71-13 Saturday evening, Sept. 18, in St. Paul.
With the win and school record point total, the Falcons improved to 3-0, their best start since 1996. The previous record for most points in a game was 65 in a 65-44 win over UW-Eau Claire in 2000.
UWRF collected an impressive 732 yards of total offense, 459 through the air and 273 on the ground. Defensively, the Falcons limited the Eagles to 175 yards of total offense and forced UNW to just a 4-of-14 conversion rate on third downs.
The Falcons took a commanding 50-13 lead through the first half, compiling 478 yards of total offense while scoring on each drive, a perfect 7-for-7.
In the first half, Luke Fugate, Anthony Silva and Tim Oeun (career first) each scored on the ground while Luke Kush collected the first two receiving touchdowns of his collegiate career. Alex Traxler also caught a TD pass as quarterback Kole Hinrichson was 24-of-27 with 325 passing yards.
While the offense quieted down a bit in the second half, the Falcons outscored Northwestern 21-0 in the final two quarters.
The second half was highlighted by some more career firsts, with Garrett Myren and Baldwin-Woodville graduate Isaiah Randall rushing for their first career touchdowns. Konnor Aufenthie also threw his first career TD pass to Ean Marniciak for his first career TD reception.
Fugate rushed for a career-high 121 yards while AJ Morrison, Kush and Tanner Canfield had career nights as part of the receiving corps.
UWRF compiled eight tackles for loss, led by two each from Kwashon Collins and Jacob Lyle. Spring Valley native Kenny Fesenmaier and Isaiah Karels added solo sacks.
The Falcons have a week off before returning to Smith Stadium at Ramer Field to host UW-La Crosse for homecoming and the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2.