The Milwaukee Penguins

The Milwaukee Penguins is the Division 1A collegiate football team for Milwaukee College. We're a school "known for its academics." This is a record of our accomplishments, on the field and off.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Game 3: @ University of Minnesota

Milwaukee College Penguins (0-2) vs. U of Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-0)

Playing in domes really irks me. There's that artificial turf, all that noise, and a perverse lack of the outdoors. Football should be played in the out of doors, with the sun creating lens flare on the film cameras, or with the wind playing havoc to your kicker's 45-yard field goal attempt.

The school newspaper had couched the game as a home-coming for my star running back, Wetzel (HB #47), a Minnesota native who had been heavily recruited by the University. The paper only made slight mention of my kicker, Goodman (K #30), having played Division III football there at Macalester College. But it was Goodman that scored our first nine points, two of the three field-goals kicked from a distance of over 40 yards (41 yards out, 45 yards out). That guy got some legs.

But to start a debrief of the game by saying we scored three field goals begs the question: Why didn't we score three TOUCHdowns?

I'm reminded of Sean Connery's portrayal of the old-school Irish policeman in The Untouchables. "We took knives to a gunfight." For every field-goal Goodman made, the Golden Gophers came back with touchdowns. It was such that by half-time, after our three field goals, we're still down 21-9. What's worse is that they did it by making the big plays. Time and time again, they connected down-field for long passes, or their star half-back produced monster runs. He even had a kick returned for a TD. I hate when that shit happens. Meanwhile, we had to fight and scrap for every yard. Our time of possession was over three times as much as theirs.

A potential TD-drive late in the 1st half was thwarted by their 2nd team All-American MLB intercepting a pass by Ross. Despite going over 300 yards for the first time this year, that one interception will surely mar her memory of the game. It certainly does mine.


score: 24 - 45
first downs: 26 - 7
total offense: 453 - 360
rushes - yards: 40-137 --- 15-210
comp-att-TD: 25-48-1 --- 5-13-2
passing yards: 316 - 150
sacked: 3 -1
turnovers: 3 - 2
fumbles - lost: 3 -1 --- 0 - 0
intercepted: 2 - 2
t.o.p: 24:02 - 7:58


Ross (QB #1) 105.9 rating 25-48 for 316 yards 1 TD, 2 INT
Wetzel (HB #47) 19-110 rush, 1 TD; 8-75 yards rec, 1 TD
Beaumont (WR #81) 5-104 yards rec
Goodman (K #30) 3-4 FGs
Bogner (LT #52) 6 pancakes


Loeb (DT #60) 4 tackles (1 for loss); 1 sack
Miller (RE #62) 3 tackles (2 for loss)
Ziegeweid (FS #34) 1 tackle1, 1 INT
D. Leplae (CB #16) 1 INT

Notes: K. Anderson (SS #26) returned to play after injuring her pectoral muscle in the game against Rutgers. Sophomore halfback, Barber (HB #11) became a commuter student last week, electing to live way off-campus. Because of the amount of time our offense was on the field, she got in a lot of touches. And she produced: 7-21 yards rushing; 1-14 yards rec.


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