Joel Dettwiler has been waiting a long time for a game like this.
"Everything's bottled up," the Eagles head coach said after UW-La Crosse's 21-3 win over UW-Stout in Menomonie.
The win is the first for the Eagles this season, and the first for quarterback Trent Cummings, who replaced Houston, Minn. native Andy Sires this week.
"It was awesome," Cummings said. "These guys really worked their butts off all week and I think it really showed off today."
Leading 7-3 in the fourth quarter, UW-L pulled away with a long touchdown run by running back Ben Hertrampf, who rushed for 168 yards on the day. Cummings finished 11-21, throwing for 179 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception.
"Obviously, we faced some adversity in the past weeks and we really worked hard this week," Cummings said. "I think it showed."
"It was a total team effort," Dettwiler said. "Offense came to life, special teams, defense. It's their win.
"They should be able to have that excitement all the time."
The Eagles, who improve to 1-5 (1-2 WIAC) on the year, host UW-Stevens Point next Saturday at Veterans Memorial Sports Complex.