Eau Claire (WQOW) — During the Dan Larson era, UW-Eau Claire football has been searching for it signature win. They have been close multiple times this season, but they finally got over the hump Saturday with a 40-16 victory at UW-Platteville.
It’s the kind of win that could turn the culture of a program around, and also something to build off of for the final stretch of the season. Especially after a couple tough losses to start WIAC play, head coach Dan Larson was very happy with how his team responded.
“To come back after the Whitewater week, after two conference opening games that we had which were heartbreaking and equally tough,” says Larson. “To come back and respond on the road, at a place that we haven’t played all that well in recent history is definitely a great sign. It’s a step in the right direction, but it obviously has to continue to build and go in that direction to, it can’t just be a one-week thing.”
With the win, it now puts the Blugolds at 3-4 overall this season, with three games remaining on the schedule. Their goals that they set for 2018 are still very well in each, but now they look to build off of the momentum going forward and keep the program trending in the right direction.
“Our goals are still there, we can still go and win football games, we can turn this program around, we can keep taking steps in the right direction that we want to,” Larson says. “They don’t just magically happen because you have a good weekend, they don’t magically happen because you have a bad weekend, you’ve got to go out and earn it. I think our guys understand that, and see the bigger picture part of it. Saturday was a great example of what we’re continually trying to build here, and what we’re capable of. But we’re capable of a lot more and a lot better, and our guys have to work for it this week to make it happen on Saturday.”
The Blugolds will look to move to 4-4 Saturday at UW-River Falls. Kick-off is set for 1:05 P.M.