Titans top Pioneers in top-10 battle

Titans top Pioneers in top-10 battle

Third-ranked UW Oshkosh held off host UW-Platteville, ranked seventh in the coaches poll and ninth in the d3football.com poll, 28-14 to spoil the Pioneers' Homecoming on a rainy day in Ralph E. Davis Pioneer Stadium.

Dylan Hecker ran for 165 yards and three scores to lead the Titans, the defending national runners-up who have yet to trail this season.

After Hecker scored in the first quarter on a two-yard run, Luke Johnson tied the score on a 47-yard interception return for a touchdown. Hecker answered with a 31-yard TD three plays later, then added an eight-yard score in the third quarter.

The Pioneers cut the gap to 21-14, when Mark Johnson capped off a 12-play 70-yard drive with a three-yard scoring run.  Three plays later, however, the Titans' Brett Kasper threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Dom Todarello for a 28-14 third-quarter advantage. Neither team was able to cross the goal line in the final period.

The Titans improved to 5-0 overall and took over sole possession of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 3-0 mark. The Pioneers, who had their eight-game regular-season winning streak snapped, fell to 5-1, 2-1.

Chandler Crary paced the Pioneer defense with a 17-tackle game that included two tackles for losses and a sack. The Titan defense picked off three passes and held the Pioneers to one score in four trips to the red zone.

UW-Platteville travels to Carson Park Saturday to face UW-Eau Claire at 1 p.m.