UW-Whitewater and UW-Platteville both opened with victories in the opening round of the NCAA Division 3 football playoffs.
St. Norbert College (8-3) gave Whitewater a run for their money, trailing 3-0 late in the first half and 17-7 heading into the 4th quarter. But the Warhawks but the clamps down defensively in the 4th quarter, holding the Knights to 1-yard in the final 15-minutes and pulling out a 31-7 win.
The Warhawks got a 33-yard touchdown pass from Matt Behrendt to Jake Kumerow with 8:34 left, and Behrendt found Derric Junakin on a 4-year touchdown on fourth down with 36 seconds left to close out the scoring.
In Platteville, John Kelly threw for 422 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Pioneers to a 54-20 win over Concordia (Wis.). Kelly was 28 of 38 passing to lead 10-1 Platteville.