Providing prospective today from the pressbox is Linfield alum and statistics specialist Tom McFadden ’80:
11:54 am CST……..teams now entering the field. Cats in all white today, the Warhawks in all black.
11:58am………Linfield wins the toss, chooses to defer to the second half. UWW will receive and defend the north goal…..the Cats will have the wind for the first quarter.
12:05…..Warhawks convert on a third and two and are at the Linfield 26.
6:32 left 1st quarter….Cats turn it over at the UWW 45….and then score on the first play on a 55 yard run by RB Levell Coppedge. Tough momentum swing in the game. The Cats have a bit of adversity to deal with now…..UWW 7, Cats 0.
The UWW defensive line is the best I’ve seen this year. Strong and quick.
4:22 1st quarter…..Cats have to punt, three and out. But Repp kicks a beauty, downed at the 4. Big series coming for the Cat defense.
End of first quarter, 7-0 UWW. The Warhawks seem to be a run first team given their choice. But QB Donovan is very accurate with his short passing, just completing a nice out pattern to move the chains for the final play of the quarter.
9:59 left 2nd quarter………Linfield drive stalls, offense seems a little out of sync. Just nine yards rushing.
7:01 2nd….Big play by Paul Nishazaki to stop Coppedge on a 3rd and 2. Cats get the ball back after a touchback. First play…tipped interception and UW back in business at the Linfield 21.
5:36 2nd….Cats hold and hold the Warhawks to a field goal…..coulda been worse. Cats down 10-0….seems like it could be worse. The game has the feel of a blowout, but it is just a two score game.
Big run by Boehme to start the drive….Cats in the red zone. And score on a pass to Henderson on third down. With the PAT, Cats trail 10-7.
End of half……Linfield gets a huge goal line stand to end the half. Big momentum swing!! Jaymin Jackson makes a championship level play.
Cats have the ball to start the half!!
Second half…..Boehme to Cederberg sets up the Cats in the red zone, Boehme finishes it of with a run off the zone read….Cats up 14-10….and the crowd isn’t in the game.
7:00 3rd…Cats get stop and Patterson takes a fair catch at the 10. Cats have the ball and the lead.
4:00 3rd…..Big conversion to Patterson. Cats have a third and nine from the UWW 42. And Patterson comes through again at the 17!
End of thrid quarter…..Cats going to attempt a FG….they allow time to expire in the third quarter to get the wind for the attempt.
Kunioka hits the 35 yeard attempt! Cats lead 17-10
14:15 left….big third down conversion for the Warhawks that put them at the Cat 12.
12:36 left…Cats hold the Warhawks to a FG…17-13 Linfield. After a penalty on the kickoff, Cats take over at their own 23.
8:31 left….After a sack and a penalty, Linfield kicks the ball and UWW takes over at their own 23. Big series comin’….
7:59 left….UWW connects on a long one to the Cat one yard line Yikes….and they are in the endzone on first down. Wow. Warhawks take the lead 20-17. Mount Union has won 24-7 over Wesley. Season is on the line….drive starts on the Lin 31.
5:24 left….after one first down, the Cats go out and a fake is foiled. UWW takes over at the Lin 49. Cats have two timeouts left.
4:18 left….UWW third and four. Donovan is sacked and the Cats will get the ball back. Nishisaki with the sack. Cats take over on their 18, two timeouts left. Let’s go offense!
1:51 left..Cats convert on fourth down
1:23….Boehme is intercepted. The Cats will lose the turnover battle today and with it, the game. The Cats take their second time out.
1:05….Coppedge gets lost in traffic and sweeps to a TD with the Cat defense overloaded to one side. 27-17. Going to be a tough last minute for the Cats.