Football - Sat, Sep. 11, 2004
CHICAGO - Junior wide receiver Jarrod Nowman (Manteno, Ill./Bishop McNamara) paced the No. 18 ranked Saint Xavier University football team with six catches for 156 yards and a touchdown, but it was not enough as the Cougars dropped their home opener, 19-10, to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Saturday at SXU stadium. The loss drops SXU to 0-2 on the 2004 season. Junior quarterback John Perryman (Oak Lawn, Ill./Richards) completed 23-of-41 passes for 326 yards and a touchdown, but also recorded two interceptions. Sophomore wide receiver Greg Gerritsen (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) also topped the century mark in receiving yards with 111 on nine receptions.

The Cougar defense struggled to contain the Warhawks' rushing attack. Sophomore running back Colin Burns spearheaded the UW-Whitewater offense with 224 yards on the ground on 30 carries. His 56-yard touchdown run put the Warhawks up 13-3 in the fourth quarter. UW-W quarterback Justin Jacobs rushed for 49 yards, including a third quarter, 25-yard scramble up the middle of the field to put the Warhawks ahead, 7-0, just over four minutes into the second half.

SXU cut the lead to 7-3 with a 28-yard field goal by freshman kicker Shane Longest (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) at the 7:22 mark of the third quarter. Whitewater went up, 13-3, when Burns scored on his 56-yard rush with 10:49 remaining in the game. SXU answered just 40 seconds later with Nowman's 65-yard touchdown reception down the right sideline. However, two field goals with under three minutes remaining kept SXU from making a rally attempt.

The Cougars were led defensively by junior linebacker Steve Runyon (Hammond, Ind./Gavit) with 7.5 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for losses totaling three yards. Sophomore defensive back Rocky Angone (Oak Lawn, Ill./Mt. Carmel) had a season-high two interceptions for the Cougar secondary.

Saint Xavier looks to pick up their first victory of the season next week when they host Malone College (Ohio). The Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) crossover game takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 18.