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Warhawks trounce TCNJ, 51-3

September 3, 2016 GMT

WHITEWATER - Drew Patterson scored on runs of 3, 1 and 34 yards in his UW-Whitewater debut helping the No. 3 ranked Warhawks roll over The College of New Jersey, 51-3, Saturday in the 2016 season opener Saturday at Perkins Stadium.

The transfer from Western Illinois was only part of a huge offensive day put up by the Warhawks, who amassed 483 total yards.

Cole Wilber, making his first-career start at quarterback, completed 14-of-18 passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

Whitewater, ranked No. 3 in the D3football.com preseason poll, outgained TCNJ 357-67 in the first half alone.

The Warhawks (1-0) scored on their first two possessions to take a 14-0 first-quarter lead.

Jarrod Ware capped off a game-opening eight-play, 70-yard drive with a 6-yard run giving UW-W a 7-0 lead.

Patterson then scored his first TD as a Warhawk, a 3-yard run at 6:15 to move lead to 14-0.

The Lions (0-1) took advantage of good field position to get on the scoreboard. After starting at the UW-W 24, TCNJ’s Zach Pharo split the uprights from 34 yards cutting the Warhawk lead to 14-3 with just over 14 minutes left in the second quarter.

Whitewater responded with a five-play, 42-yard drive set up by Ware’s 58-yard kickoff return. Patterson had runs of 23 and 13 yards before crashing in from the 1 for his second score with 12:18 remaining in the half.

The Warhawk lead grew to 27-3 as Wilber threw his first touchdown of the season, hitting Canton Larson across the middle with 6 ½ minutes left in the first half.

Patterson struck again before the half, breaking a tackle and racing 34 yards to the end zone upping the lead to 34-3 with 4:48 to go.

The Warhawks would strike one more time before halftime when Wilber spotted tight end Tony Gumina behind the Lions defense for a 19-yard touchdown, setting the halftime score at 41-3.

A complete story from this game will appear in Tuesday’s Daily Union.

Whitewater returns to non-conference play Saturday, Sept. 10 hosting Belhaven University (Miss.) in a 1 p.m. kickoff at Perkins Stadium.