Wisc.-Whitewater routs Wesley to reach D-III final

Updated: December 10, 2005, 10:52 PM ET
Associated Press

WHITEWATER, Wis. -- Justin Jacobs threw for 188 yards and three touchdowns to Derek Stanley, helping Wisconsin-Whitewater advance to the NCAA Division III national championship game with a 58-6 victory over Wesley on Saturday.

The Warhawks (14-0) will face Mount Union in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl championship at Salem, Va., on Dec. 17 in their first appearance in the title game.

"I thought about it and dreamed about it, but now it has become a reality," Whitewater coach Bob Berezowitz said. "This is by far the highlight of my career."

Justin Beaver ran for 185 yards and two touchdowns, while Stanley finished with 135 yards receiving.

After a misplayed kickoff return, Wesley (12-2) began the game on its 1-yard line. Then, on the first play from scrimmage, Whitewater's Robb Widuch tackled Kevin Nelson in the end zone for a safety 11 seconds into the game.

Jacobs threw a 13-yard pass to tight end Pete Schmitt to put Whitewater up 9-0 at 8:55 of the first quarter. Nearly 3 minutes later, defensive back Kyle Johnson intercepted Chris Warrick's pass and returned it 18 yards for the score, making it 16-0.

Berezowitz said the early score set the tone for the rest of the game, which was delayed by an hour due to workers removing weather-related equipment from the snowy field.

"With the weather the way it was, two points at that particular stage was huge," he said.

Jacobs hit junior wideout Derek Stanley with a pass from 18 yards out to make it 23-0 just 7 seconds into the second quarter.

Jacobs, who completed 10 of 23 passes, connected with Stanley again, this time for 47 yards with 10:39 left in the second quarter.

Senior defensive back Vic Wipperfurth ended Wesley's next possession with an interception, returning the ball to Wesley's 39. Three plays later Beaver ran in from 13 yards out to make it 37-0 at halftime.

On Whitewater's second possession of the second half, Beaver ran it in from 51 yards to extend the lead to 44-0.

Wesley's only score came in the third quarter, when Warrick snuck in from 1 yard out.

On Whitewater's first play on its ensuing possession, Jacobs threw a 70-yard scoring pass to Stanley, making it 51-6.

Mike Askren hit Lance Douglas with 39-yard scoring pass at 9:53 for the final margin.

Whitewater receiver Jim Lesczcynski said he was excited to play Mount Union.

"We played them twice and lost to them pretty handily both times [44-21 and 40-17], and I wouldn't mind finishing off my career playing this team," he said.

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