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.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Game 9: @ Notre Dame

Milwaukee College Penguins (2-6, #90) @ Notre Dame Fightin' Irish (5-1, #9)

The national media was on hand to cover today's game. I wasn't expecting it, but I guess with Notre Dame being ranked in the Top 10 as well as this being a "rivalry" game, the powers-that-be thought to see Lee Corso and company to call the game. I heard on the pre-game that they were predicting a slaughter. Both Kirk Herbstreet and Corso said that this one could get ugly, Kirk saying that we couldn't stop their halfback, and Corso predicting an "aerial assault."

They got the ugly part right.

Coming off a strong game against the Blue Raiders, one where we had 7 interceptions, I didn't think we would wilt so easily under the television lights. But in a stadium-full of rabid "Irish", it was tough. They scored three TDs in the first quarter, including two straight off turnovers, a Ross (QB #1) "fumble" (I still contend that she was in the act of throwing) and a Ross interception. We fumbled the ball a total of four times, losing it twice.

By half-time, it was 28-7 and we had negative rushing yards, largely due to Ross getting sacked so frequently but also because they really keyed on Wetzel (HB #47). His 27 yards rushing for the game is probably his lowest since grade school.

A few bright spots: Sieczek (TE #86) got his first TD catch; Mikulay adds to his sack total. By the end of the third, though, Notre Dame had already scored over 50 points, the last touchdown courtesy of another Ross fumble near their end-zone.

It was only then did I start calling plays for Ciraldo (FB #25). Triple Option, Full Back Blast. No-huddle so that he lined up as the 2nd halfback on the Running Back Streak. Largely because of him, we brought our rushing yards out of the red to finish with a whopping 37 yards on the ground. In 31 attempts that amounts to 1.2 yards per carriage. Ugly indeed.

Check out a frustrated Bennett (CB #10) jawing at their wideout:



STATS: MKE @ ND

score: 17 - 59
first downs: 18 - 11
total offense: 230 - 335
rushes - yards: 37 - 31 --- 23 - 106
comp-att-TD: 19 - 35 - 2 --- 10 - 17 - 3
passing yards: 199 - 229
sacked: 6 - 2
turnovers: 4 - 1
fumbles - lost: 4 - 2 --- 3 - 1
intercepted: 2 - 0
t.o.p: 19:59 --- 12:01

KEY PLAYERS (Offense)

Ross (QB #1) 109.5 rating 19-35 for 199 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Ciraldo (FB #25) 11-66 rush
Wetzel (HB #47) 13-27 rush; 4-32 yards rec, 1 TD; 3-16 yards kick return
Beaumont (WR #81) 4-54 yards rec
Montgomery (WR #15) 3-28 yards rec

KEY PLAYERS (Defense)

Bennett (CB #10) 5 tackles, 1 pass deflect
Mikulay (LE #45) 4 tackles (2 for loss), 1 sack, 1 forced fumble
S. Umali (MLB #43) 4 tackles
Miller (RE #62) 4 tackles
Ziegeweid (FS #34) 4 tackles

Note: Three more games left. We head to the Denton, TX next. I hear the best ever death metal band out of Denton was a couple of guys who had been best friends since grade school ... they never settled on a name. But the top three contenders after weeks of debate were Satan's Fingers, and the Killers and I think the Hospital Vomits.

1 Comments:

  • At 9:17 PM, Blogger funkysmell said…

    That's pretty funny how they put Bennett doing that. Video games are awesome!

     

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