On Saturday, Oct. 14, the University of Wisconsin–Stout came out victorious against River Falls during the team’s homecoming matchup with a final score of 21-16. The only thing more prevalent than Stout’s play during the game was the poor weather conditions.
“Certainly the weather factored into the game for both teams,” said Stout’s head football coach Clayt Birmingham. “Any extreme condition will change the game plan and how the game is played and called.”
Stout’s quarterback Jay Alston (Jr, Rochester, Minn.), threw three touchdowns and 183 passing yards despite the weather conditions.
“It’s never easy to throw a wet ball in the rain, but the offense made plays and the defense came through,” said Alston.
Stout’s defense held River Falls to only 67 passing yards and 153 yards on the ground.
“Defending our own home turf is very important, especially with it being homecoming,” said Birmingham, “That is one of our team goals. It is extra special to get a homecoming win because of all the alums that come back to watch. They want to see their alma mater doing well, they take pride in our school being the best, and it generates a positive energy for everyone.”
Alston said, “It was nice to give those fans something good to watch.”
After defeating St. Thomas 25-22 and now River Falls on homecoming, Stout’s season continues to roll on. Birmingham feels that the players are the biggest contributor to the team’s success this season.
“We have a great group of young men who are mature and attack each practice, meeting and game with great attitude and effort,” Birmingham said.
“This team is definitely special,” Alston concluded. “We have a winning mentality and we expect nothing less.”
Stout hosted the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point on Saturday, Oct. 21 and finished that game with a victorious 23-17 final score.