Menomonie (WQOW) -- After scoring 31 points in its opening week win, the UW-Stout football team struggled in a 37-10 loss to North Central College Saturday.
The offense in particular had a tough time against the Cardinals, putting up 187 total yards on 74 plays, including just nine yards on the ground. What's worse, the Blue Devils turned the ball over four times.
"You face a team like North Central, a nationally ranked team, and you have to take advantage of your situations," says coach Clayt Birmingham. "We didn't capitalize. We had opportunities and we didn't make the play. We played good the first half, we didn't play so well the second half. So we have to put four quarters together."
Senior quarterback Mike Blizel threw two interceptions in the loss. He says the offense needs to find a way to move the ball.
"We were trying. We were doing everything we could. Obviously our goal is to put it in the end zone, especially when we're in good field position. Unfortunately we just weren't able to capitalize on anything," adds Blizel.
Stout faces UW-River Falls in a non-conference game on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. from Ramer Field.
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