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Cougars get behind early in 42-20 loss to Warriors

The University of Minnesota, Morris football team got down early and never recovered, falling 42-20 to Wisconsin Lutheran Saturday at Big Cat Stadium.

Leading the way for the Cougars was Todd Gramenz who had 135 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown. Derrick Foss led the passing game with 82 yards and one score.

The Cougars struggled defensively, giving up 569 yards of total offense, with 402 yards coming in the first half.

UMM received the ball to start the game, but ended up punting after just four plays and 11 yards. The Warriors answered with a touchdown on the first play, a Jesse Muldrow 66-yard touchdown scamper.

The Warriors never trailed during the game, and ended up taking a 35-7 lead into halftime on a Zach Shaw passing touchdown with 5:47 left in the second quarter.

The Cougars were finally able to get on the board with 3:43 left in the second quarter, after a 32-yard touchdown reception, up the left sideline from his brother Derrick.

Morris then got on the board twice in the fourth quarter, first with 9:33 left when Gramenz broke through the line and got into the open field to score a 75-yard touchdown, the Cougars' longest play of the season. Gramenz has now scored at least once in five straight games.

The second score of the fourth quarter came on a Danny Kernan eight-yard touchdown pass from Ted Hoffman, giving the senior his first touchdown pass since 2009, and Kernan a score for the second straight game.

The reception was the only catch of the day for Kernan, while Brendon Foss led the receiving core with 43 yards on a pair of catches. Foss now has five touchdowns in his last six receptions.

If was a tough day overall for the Cougar offense, especially in third down where they converted just three of 14. Morris averaged 4.4 yards per play, while Wisconsin Lutheran averaged 8.4 yards per play.

Shannon Cleare-Glover led the defense with a game-high nine tackles, matched by a pair of Warriors who also had nine. Glover also recovered a fumble and had a pair of pass break-ups. Cody Hickman added eight tackles while forcing a fumble, with Christopher Coromelas and Tanner Gramm each pitching in six stops.

The Cougars are now 2-1 on the season and 2-0 in the UMAC. They will hit the road this Saturday to take on St. Scholastica. The game will be for first place in the UMAC, as the Saints also stand at 2-0 after defeating Greenville