Late-game woes continue, as the Milwaukee Warriors drop to 1-3 with a 26-23 home loss to the Louisville Cougars.
“Something’s just not clicking, and I’m not sure what,” said Milwaukee coach Dave Dickenson. “I’m not satisfied with our play so far, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to turn this ship around.”
Missed opportunities marked the first half, as the Warriors were limited to a trio of Elliott Fry field goals. The lead was squandered when the defense let Jeremiah Masoli slip loose for a 62-yard scramble for a touchdown. A late field goal staked the Cougars to a 13-9 halftime lead.
The Warrior offense finally hit paydirt to open the third. Matt Barkley hit Cam Serigne from 38 yards to cap a 10-play, 82-yard drive.
Louisville responded with a TD pass and a field goal to lead 23-16 early in the fourth. Barkley tied the game up with a 16-yard toss to Robert Foster, but the defense could not hold, and the Cougars booted the game winning field goal with 2:07 left.
Barkley continued his uneven start to the season, completing 23 of 34 for 269 and 2 touchdowns, but he also tossed 2 interceptions.
Antonio Callaway was his top target, catching 7 for 80 yards.
Andrew Harris was a workhorse, rumbling for 166 yards on 29 carries, along with 6 catches for 46 yards.
Foye Oluokun led the team with 8 tackles. Mike Catapano and Joe Ostman each notched a sack. Vince Biegel was held without a sack for the first time this season.
Languishing at 1-3, the Warriors face a pivotal game this week as they host the 2-2 Columbus Explorers.