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No. 4 UW-La Crosse hosts top-ranked North Central in NCAA quarterfinals

No. 4 UW-La Crosse hosts top-ranked North Central in NCAA quarterfinals


The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse football team is getting set to host the defending National Champions on Saturday in the Division III playoffs.

The fourth-ranked Eagles get a quarterfinal game for the first time since 1996, when top-ranked North Central (12-0) heads to town for a noon kickoff at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex. The game will video stream on WKTY.

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Tickets can only be purchased at the box office on game day beginning at 10:30 a.m. General admission costs $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for youth/student.

North Central has been ranked No. 1 all season. The Cardinals beat Trinity 71-28 last weekend, and Trinity defeated Hardin Simmons 20-6 in the playoff opener. That’s interesting, because Hardin Simmons is UW-L’s only loss, which came in Week 2, 28-21.

Brad Spencer is 27-0 in two seasons as the Cardinals’ head coach.

UW-L and North Central have met three times in history, including in 2021. That’s when the Cardinals beat the Eagles 34-20 in the second round of the playoffs on their way to a National Championship berth.

They lost that year, but did win it back in 2019, along with last season.

The Eagles (11-1) picked up their 10th consecutive victory Saturday with a 56-35 win over No. 12 Aurora, which is coached by Green Bay Packers wide receiver Don Beebe.

UW-L improved to 19-11 all-time in NCAA playoff history.

UW-L’s two National Championships came in 1992 and 1995. The Eagles have been to this point in the playoffs six times in school history, including 1991-93, and 1995-96.

This year’s national semifinals are set for Dec. 9 and the championship a week later at Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia, on ESPNU.

TOP PHOTO: FILE – Gabe Lynch rushed for a playoff record 175 yards on 23 carries and added a touchdown in a Round 2 playoff win for UW-La Crosse on Nov. 25, 2023 (PHOTO: Jim Lund, UWL Athletics)

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