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UD Football Selected 4th in IIAC by 2013 Coaches Poll

Aug 26, 2013
The University of Dubuque football team was chosen to finish fourth in the Iowa Conference by the 2013 coaches poll recently released.

Spartans Football Opens with 35-24 Road Victory!

Sep 7, 2013
The University of Dubuque football team engineered a hard fought victory on the road Saturday night by a 35-24 score over the UW-La Crosse Eagles. The Spartans scored on their first two possessions and never looked back in the squad's opening victory of the 2013 season.

Rutenbeck Honored by IIAC

Sep 9, 2013
University of Dubuque junior wide receiver Tyler Rutenbeck was named IIAC Football (Offensive) Performer of the Week. Rutenbeck caught five passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans 35-24 win over UW-La Crosse.

Spartans Lose Home Opener 38-24

Sep 14, 2013
The University of Dubuque football team held a 7-0 lead after the first quarter of action Saturday night, but lost to #9-ranked UW-Platteville by a 24-38 score.

Spartans Rally on Road

Sep 21, 2013
The University of Dubuque football team dug themselves a giant hole to begin on Saturday night against the Stevens Point Pointers after turning the ball over in three out four of their first possessions in the game. The Spartans in a blink of an eye were down 0-21 to the host Pointers in the opening quarter of play. UD responded by holding the Pointers to just one touchdown in the final three quarters and outscored them 28-10. As time ran out, the Pointers captured the victory by a slim margin of 31-28 at home.

Carter Named a NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award Semifinalist

Oct 2, 2013
The University of Dubuque football team's Tyson Carter has been selected as one of the best and brightest from the college gridiron, The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today the 170 candidates for the 2013 NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments.

Spartan Open IIAC With Victory Over Dutch

Oct 5, 2013
The University of Dubuque football team opened league play on Saturday with a 23-21 victory over the Central College Dutch on Chalmers Field. The Spartans led early 3-0 and at halftime 10-7 and stretched the lead in the final half to 23-14 before the Dutch scored in the final minute of play to slice the Spartan lead to 23-21 as time expired.

Prull Earns IIAC Performer of the Week

Oct 7, 2013
University of Dubuque kicker Curtis Prull was named IIAC Football (Special Teams) Performer of the Week. Prull set a new school record with three field goals in the Spartans 23-21 victory over Central College. The sophomore made field goals of 20, 24, and 37 yards. He was also 2-2 on extra point attempts.

Snitker Named IIAC Performer of the Week

Oct 7, 2013
University of Dubuque linebacker Blaine Snitker (Waukon, Iowa/Waukon) was named IIAC Football (Defensive) Performer of the Week. The sophomore outside linebacker finished with 7 tackles (five solo), a sack, and an interception in which he returned 31 yards for a touchdown in the Spartans 23-21 victory over Central College.

Spartans Score Early in Homecoming Victory

Oct 12, 2013
The University of Dubuque football team scored twice in just 5:06 of Saturday's game to remain perfect in Iowa Conference play with a 2-0 record. The Spartans shocked the Luther Norse with a nine play 49 yard scoring drive in 4:21 on a 10 yard pass from Bryan Bradshaw to Chris Bagley. The ensuing kick-off bounced off the Norse return specialist and the Spartans recovered on the Norse 10 yard line. Two plays later Kyle Acker rushed from six yards and a Spartan touchdown. The Spartans never trailed in the 56-20 victory over Luther College on homecoming.

Spartans Victorious Over #21-Ranked Coe

Oct 19, 2013
The battle of the unbeatens in Iowa Conference play on Saturday was reduced by one on Saturday. The University of Dubuque Spartans (4-2 overall, 3-0 in IIAC) scored early and often as they captured the contest over the #21-ranked Coe College Kohawks on their homecoming by a 38-14 score. It was the Kohawks first loss of the season and dropped them to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in IIAC action.

Spartans Receive Votes in D3football Top 25 and Coaches Poll

Oct 21, 2013
The University of Dubuque Football team is beginning to receive national recognition in the polls after their 38-14 win over previously unbeaten Coe College. UD received 14 votes in the D3football Top 25 for Week 7 and 13 votes in the AFCA Division III Coaches Poll. The Spartans are off to a 4-2 start and sit atop the Iowa Conference at 3-0.

Bradshaw Named Iowa Conference Male Athlete of the Week

Oct 21, 2013
University of Dubuque senior Bryan Bradshaw was named Iowa Conference Male Athlete of the Week and IIAC Football (Offensive) Performer of the Week. Bradshaw completed 17 of 26 passes for 311 yards and five touchdowns in the Spartans 38-14 victory over previously unbeaten Coe College.

Spartans Suffer First IIAC Loss 15-22

Oct 26, 2013
The University of Dubuque Spartans were looking to remain unbeaten in Iowa Conference play on Saturday, but the visiting Wartburg College Knights scored on a 17 yard pass play with :35 seconds left of the game to take the lead and the victory by a 22-15 score.

Spartans Lose High Scoring, Record Breaking Day

Nov 2, 2013
The University of Dubuque football began the afternoon looking to hold on to a tie for the conference lead, but for the second week in a row, UD lost the lead in the final seconds. UD led 46-43 with 1:31 left in the contest with the ball on the Simpson 35 yard line. The Storm scored on a touchdown to the corner of the endzone capping off a six play 65 yard drive in just :58 seconds. UD moved the ball ball inside the Storm 48 yard line with just :02 left on the clock. As time ran out the Spartans last pass attempt to the endzone was knocked away by a Storm defender.

Bradshaw Named to D3football.com Team of the Week

Nov 5, 2013
University of Dubuque senior Bryan Bradshaw has been named to the Week 9 (Nov. 1-2) D3football.com Team of the Week. Bradshaw set UD and Iowa Conference records with 500 yards passing and 513 yards of total offense vs. Simpson.

Spartans Place Four on First Team Academic All-District Team

Nov 7, 2013
The University of Dubuque Football team placed four student-athletes on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team as selected by CoSIDA for their performance in the classroom, in the community, and on the football field. Spartans selected were Tyson Carter, Doug Lillibridge, Zach Marotta, and Blaine Snitker. The 2013 voting marks the third straight year that the Spartans have placed four individuals on the First Team and 14 total all-district honorees in Head Coach Stan Zweifel’s five seasons at UD.

Spartans Blank Duhawks for Second Consecutive Year

Nov 9, 2013
The University of Dubuque Spartan football team kept the key in the 2013 Key City Clash and extended the streak to three consecutive victories. The Spartans have outscored the Duhawks 101-0 the past two seasons (45-0 in 2012 and 56-0 in 2013). The host Spartans converted in all six redzone opportunities in the 56-0 romp on Chalmers Field.

Spartans Bitten by Beavers in Final Minute

Nov 16, 2013
The University of Dubuque football team would like to get three minutes back this season. On the road at the Buena Vista University Beavers on Saturday, the Spartans were feeling confident leading by nine points with 5:22 left of the game 28-19. BV used a nine play 60 yard drive in 2:29 to pull within two points 26-28 on a two yard touchdown run. The Beavers attempted an onside kick and successfully recovered with 2:47 remaining. BV used five plays and moved the ball to the Spartan 15 yard line for the 25 yard field goal and it was good for the lead 29-28. UD would get the ball with just 58 seconds left and moved the ball down to the BV 25 yardline. The Spartans aired it out to the endzone and the pass was incomplete as time ran out, 29-28 favoring BV. For the second week in a row, the host Beavers captured the win in the final minute. The two teams would finish the Iowa Conference 4-3.

Five Spartans Named First Team All-IIAC Football

Nov 20, 2013
The University of Dubuque placed five student-athletes on the First Team All-Iowa Conference with four coming from the offensive side of the ball. The Spartans defense had one First Team performer and three Second Team honorees. Earning First Team All-IIAC were Kyle Acker, Bryan Bradshaw, Dominique Ravenell, Tyler Rutenbeck, and Blaine Snitker. All five First Team selections are first time honorees.

UD’s Schmidt Named AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year

Nov 27, 2013
The American Football Coaches Association is proud to announce its 2013 Assistant Coach of the Year winners. NCAA Division III Assistant Coach of the Year is, University of Dubuque’s Michael Schmidt.

Carter & Lillibridge Named Academic All-America

Dec 3, 2013
University of Dubuque seniors Tyson Carter and Doug Lillibridge have been named to the 2013 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Football Team. Carter earned First Team recognition while Lillibridge was a Second Team honoree.

2013 Key City Clash Gives Back to Local Charity

Dec 4, 2013
The University of Dubuque and Loras College continued their intense rivalry on the football field in 2013 in the Key City Clash football game. The proceeds from this year’s contest were presented to Opening Doors Maria House – Teresa Shelter. The 2013 donation marks the sixth consecutive year the two schools have given back to the Dubuque community. The schools donated a check of $2,500 to Opening Doors on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

Rutenbeck Named First Team D3football All-Region

Dec 9, 2013
University of Dubuque wide receiver Tyler Rutenbeck was named First Team D3football All-Region. Rutenbeck leads Division-III with 22 touchdown receptions. He is the fourth UD receiver to earn All-Region honors since 2009. The D3football All-American team will be announced on Friday, December 20th during pregame coverage of the Stagg Bowl.

All-American Honors Continue for Rutenbeck

Dec 19, 2013
University of Dubuque wide receiver Tyler Rutenbeck added a third All-American accolade with his selection to the First Team AP Little All-American Team on Thursday afternoon. Rutenbeck has also been named AFCA Division III All-American and First Team BSN All-American. He finished the season with 68 catches for 1,269 yards and a Division-III best 22 touchdown receptions for the Spartans.

Hanus Named Finalist for Duane Schroeder Iowa Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Dec 19, 2013
University of Dubuque graduate Wyatt Hanus was named a finalist for the Duane Schroeder Iowa Conference Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A standout on the Football field and in the classroom, Hanus was the IIAC Offensive MVP in 2012 and a two-time Academic All-American.

Hanus Named Duane Schroeder IIAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Jan 15, 2014
The Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) announced today that former University of Dubuque football player Wyatt Hanus has been named the Duane Schroeder IIAC Male Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Football Honors Student-Athletes at Season Banquet

Feb 16, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team held their end of the season banquet on Sunday, Feb. 16 and awarded several special awards. The 2013-14 senior class helped set 33 school records, finished their four years at UD with an Iowa Conference winning percentage of .589, and finished with 58 Academic All-Iowa Conference selections.

Football Earns 10 NFF Hampshire Honor Society Members

Apr 29, 2014
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the members of the 2014 NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a cumulative 3.2 GPA or better throughout their college career. A total of 838 players from 267 schools qualified for membership in the society's eighth year, setting a new record for the number of members in the history of the program, which began in 2007. The University of Dubuque is proud to lead the Iowa Conference with 10 new members.

Spartans Share American Football with France

May 14, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team is preparing to pack their travel bags as the spring semester winds down and fly to Spain and France for a nine-day tour (May 20-28, 2014). Sightseeing intertwined with a football game against the Toulouse Bears in Toulouse, France. The Spartans will spend most of their time visiting sights around Barcelona, Spain, including an excursion to Montserrat Mountain Monastery.

Rutenbeck Named 2015 Small School Prospect

Jul 7, 2014
The University of Dubuque’s returning All-American receiver Tyler Rutenbeck (Sr., WR, 6-4, 186 lbs., Maquoketa, Iowa) has been selected among the 2015 Small School Prospect List on nfldraftdiamonds.com pre-season list. He is also mentioned on nfldraftscout.com for the Spartans.

Spartans Named as Football Pre-Season All-Americans

Jul 8, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team is honored to have five Spartans named to the 2014 USA College Football Pre-Season Division III All-American list for this fall. Tyler Rutenbeck (Sr., WR, Maquoketa, Iowa) 1st Team Offense, Dominique Ravenell, (Sr., OL, Forth Worth, Texas) 1st Team Offense, Blaine Snitker (Jr., LB, Waukon, Iowa) 2nd Team Defense, Vincent Whipple (Sr., DB, Eagle Grove, Iowa) 3rd Team Defense, and Reggie Cole Jr. (Jr., DB, Milwaukee, Wis.) Honorable Mention Defense.

Dobratz Named Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® Candidate

Jul 15, 2014
For 23 years the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® has served as one of the most coveted and prestigious off-the-field honors in college football. The award recognizes players whose charitable involvement and community service contributions stand out among all other student-athletes participating in the sport. University of Dubuque's Tyler Dobratz (Sr., TE, Edgerton, Wis./Edgerton HS) has been named among the 182 nominees seeking to be a finalist for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team® in 2014. He is one of just three candidates submitted among the eight Iowa Conference schools.

Rutenbeck and Ravenell Named BSN Pre-season All-America

Jul 21, 2014
Beyond Sports Network (BSN) is proud to announce the University of Dubuque's Tyler Rutenbeck and Dominique Ravenell as members of our 2014 Preseason D3 All America Football Team. The BSN 2014 Preseason D3 All America Football Team, which is made up of 93 football players from around the country, was chosen based on returning All Americans from the 2013 BSN All America Football Team, highest vote recipients in the 2013 BSN All American Voting, statistics, and game evaluations.

Spartans Share Love of American Football with Frenchman

Aug 16, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team will have a special guest on the sidelines when they return to practice this week. Joining the Spartans on the sideline is special guest coach from the Touluse Bears team in France. The Spartans traveled abroad this spring and played the Bears, sharing American football with thousands of fans in France. Florian Perget (offensive coordinator) was so impressed with the University of Dubuque football team he made plans to join them for pre-season camp this week.

Ravenell and Rutenbeck Named D3 Classic Preseason Super Seniors

Aug 19, 2014
A pair of Spartans have been honored among the D3 Senior Classic Preseason Super Senior Watchlist is presented by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL). The University of Dubuue Spartan student-athletes Dominique Ravenell and Tyler Rutenbeck were selected for UD. Rutenbeck was named to the North Offense Second Team and Ravenell was chosen as an Honorable Mention for the Spartans. The pair were among five Iowa Conference student-athletes named to the list.

Rutenbeck Named to 2014 Dream Bowl Pre-season All-American

Aug 22, 2014
Optimum Scouting and Cutting Edge Sports Management is proud to announce the University of Dubuque's Tyler Rutenbeck (WR) named to the 2014 Dream Bowl D-III Preseason All-American team along with the four other Spartans named to Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Preseason All-Conference team. Joining Rutenbeck is teammates Dominique Ravenell (OL), Blaine Snitker (LB), Reggie Cole Jr. (DB), and Vincent Whipple (DB).

Spartans Football Picked Among IIAC Contenders

Aug 27, 2014
The University of Dubuque football is optimistic for the 2014 season to begin after being selected among the top contenders of the Iowa Conference pre-season poll. The Spartans are looking to avenge three Iowa Conference losses where they lost leads in a combined 1:47 in three heartbreaking defeats in 2013. Head coach Stan Zweifel will be looking to the strength of his defense, which returns nine starters and an offense which returns 74% of the receiving corps for success in 2014.

Turnovers Costly in Spartan Football Opener

Sep 7, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team would like to wake up and start again after their 2014 season opener finished in favor of the UW-La Crosse Eagles 8-24 on Saturday night. The Spartans stumbled early and coughed up the football in their first three possessions in a combined 1:28 of possession. The six Spartans' turnovers were more than they could overcome as the Pioneers spotted the ball inside of the UD 35 yardline in four out of their first five possessions.

Spartans Football Fall Short Against #8-ranked Pioneers

Sep 13, 2014
The University of Dubuque Spartans football team displayed the type of football this team is capable of on Saturday in a hard fought 21-26 loss to #8-ranked UW-Platteville on their home turf.

Spartans Defense Stops Boxers

Sep 20, 2014
The University of Dubuque held on for a tough, knock down win over the Pacific University Boxers on Saturday night on Chalmers Field 16-10. Under near ideal conditions Saturday evening the Spartans 1-2 overall looked to their defense every time the visiting Boxers moved the ball within striking distance. The defense displayed what they are capable of after collecting four interceptions in the victory.

White and Prull Both Earn IIAC Performer of the Week Honors in Football

Sep 23, 2014
Cornerback Oscar White’s pair of interceptions and kicker Curtis Prull’s three field goals helped guide the University of Dubuque to their first win of 2014 and earned each an Iowa Conference Performer of the Week honor.

Big Plays Spoil Spartans Football Conference Opener

Oct 4, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team scored first on Saturday on a 22 yard pass from Zach Fry to Tyler Rutenbeck to give the Spartans their only lead of the day. The host Luther College Norse responded by scoring the next four touchdowns on a 24 yard run, a 68 yard run, a 41 yard pass and a 33 yard run before UD's Fry would scamper from a yard out to cut the final score to 14-28 in favor of the Norse.

Spartans Football Live on KCRG 9.2

Oct 10, 2014
The Spartans homecoming game vs. the Simpson College Storm on Oct. 11, 2014 at 4:05 p.m. The Storm 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the IIAC will face the Spartans in front of a large boisterous crowd on Saturday as they try to capture the homecoming victory in football. The Spartans hosted the first "live" televised broadcast in the Iowa Conference in the fall of 2012.

Spartans Dominate Simpson in 44-10 Homecoming Victory

Oct 11, 2014
The University of Dubuque Spartans scored early and often Saturday afternoon as they displayed the type of game they have been waiting to showcase all season en route to the 44-10 homecoming victory over the Simpson College Storm. The Spartans scored two touchdowns in every quarter, but the third to even their Iowa Conference mark to 1-1 and improve to 2-3 overall.

Spartans Defeated by #6-ranked Knights 9-42

Oct 18, 2014
The University of Dubuque football team used a fake punt to nearly score in the first half after a gain of 26 yards by Mitch Michaelis. The play helped set-up a 25 yard touchdown pass from Zach Fry to Tyler Rutenbeck just six plays later. The #6-ranked Knights offense never slowed down as they scored all four chances inside the red zone on Saturday to defeat the Spartans 42-9.

UD v BVU Football Game Notes

Oct 24, 2014
The Spartans oppose another offensive juggernaut as Buena Vista brings their four-game winning streak to town.