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Football handles Aurora; Damashke throws for 215 yards, 3 TDs

Football handles Aurora; Damashke throws for 215 yards, 3 TDs

Box Score: CUW 20, AU 7

MEQUON, Wis. - A week after a disappointing home loss to Benedictine University, the Concordia University Wisconsin football team bounced back with a 20-7 victory over Northern Athletics Conference foe Aurora University on Saturday afternoon at Century Stadium.

The Falcons (3-4, 3-1 NAC) rallied from a 7-0 first half deficit, getting three unanswered touchdown passes from freshman quarterback Austin Damaschke (Bristol, Wis.) Two of those scoring strikes went to sophomore receiver James Saunders (Riverview, Fla.).

CUW's defense also had a big day, coming up with a number of key stops in a game where the unit relinquished only 189 yards. The Falcons held the Spartans to 10 first downs and allowed only 3-of-14 third down conversions.

Damaschek finished the game 18-for-32 passing with a long of 38 yards. Saunders hauled in six receptions for 70 yards, while junior Erik West (Plymouth, Wis.) also had six catches for 60 yards. On the ground sophomore Joseph Paul (West Bend, Wis.) finished with 81 yards on 18 carries.

Following an Aurora (2-5, 1-3 NAC) scoring drive late in the first quarter, CUW answered early in the second period when Damaschke connected with sophomore receiver James Saunders (Riverview, Fla.) from five yards to tie the game at seven.

The Falcons struck again just before halftime, when sophomore Cody Johnson (Brookfield, Wis.) hauled in an 18-yard touchdown pass in acrobatic fashion, putting CUW in front 14-7 and giving the Falcons a lead they would never surrender.

After a scoreless third quarter, CUW added another touchdown early in the fourth quarter when Damaschke- Saunders combination found the end zone once more; this time on a 24-yard scoring completion. The ensuing extra point attempt was blocked.

Next up for the Falcons is a trip to Wisconsin Lutheran College for the annual "Lutheran Bowl" on Saturday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. at Raabe Stadium.

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