Missouri-Rolla scored three times in the first 20 minutes of the game and the NCAA Division II opponent downed UW-Stout 28-10, Saturday.
After driving 87 yards in seven plays to get on the board first four minutes into the game, the Miners took advantage of two Stout miscues to roll up the three touchdown lead.
Stout fumbled on their own nine yard line late in the first quarter, and Rolla (1-2) needed only three plays to find the end zone. Early in the second quarter, the Blue Devils coughed up the ball - this time as they were driving - on the UMR 20 yard line. A Stout personal foul and a big 46 yard pass play from Brad Guidry to Nathan Binder set up a 15-yard touchdown play from Guidry to All-American wide receiver Ashton Gronewold.
Stout scored on the next drive, going 63 yards on 11 plays. Tanner Kattre (Sr, Abbotsford) connected with wide receivers Dan Lytle (Jr, Darien) and Shawn Korth (Sr, Marshall) for back-to-back 20- and 28-yards, respectively, receptions to key the drive. Kattre got the call from the one for the score and cut the lead to 21-7 at halftime.
Early in the second half, Stout drove 65 yards and managed a 25 yard field goal by Kyle Martin (So, Hubertus).
The Blue Devils (1-1) worked on a promising drive late into the fourth quarter, but Kattre was picked off on the UMR 25 and the Miners went the distance in eight plays for the final 28-10 score.
While the game was played on a muddy field and not paper, the battle of statistics was relatively even. The Miners tallied 362 total yards, getting 304 yards in the air and 58 on the ground. Guidry was 22-for-34 for 304 yards passing. Gronewold pulled in eight passes for 136 yards.
Stout racked up 309 total yards, 213 by passing and 96 by rushing. Kattre was 17-for-29 with 213 yards, but was picked off twice. Korth hauled in six passes for 102 yards.
"We just didn't make enough plays," Blue Devil head coach Duey Naatz said. "We made too many mistakes against a good football team."
Stout has the next weekend off and resumes play when they travel to Whitworth University, Saturday, Sept. 22.