College Football Wrap-Up(C) has spotlighted the game between #2 Mich. Tech Univ. (2-0) and #4 Saginaw Valley State Univ. (2-0) [rankings based upon the TPR(c)] as it’s GAME OF THE WEEK!
MTU has started off the season strong with road victories over Hillsdale College and McKendree University. SVSU is a perennial powerhouse in the state and started the 2019 campaign with a road victory over Texas A&M – Kingsville. A victory highlighted by 5 take-aways from the TAM-Kingsville offense.
LEBANON, Ill. – The Michigan Tech football team held back McKendree University for a 24-19 non-conference win Saturday afternoon on the road. The Huskies used all three phases of the game to secure their second consecutive road win to start the year. The defense had two more interceptions which led to 10 points on the scoreboard.
“It wasn’t a pretty game, but to go on the road for the second week in a row and get a win was huge for our team,” Michigan Tech Head Coach Steve Olson said. “I’m extremely happy to be 2-0 and proud of our players for overcoming some adversity. We had a number of players step up and make some outstanding plays against a good McKendree team to close out the game and get the win.
“On the offensive side of the ball I thought we ran the ball effectively at times and put together some solid drives, especially the one to start the second half. Turnovers are always a big key in any football game in terms of taking care of the football on offense while creating takeaways on the defensive side of the ball. When you are able to do that it gives you the best shot to win and that was the case today. We also had a solid effort on special teams as well, with Evan Gornick connecting on a key field goal in the second half. Overall, there were a lot of positives to take away from this game going into next week’s contest at Saginaw Valley State.”
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Yes, it was just one single football game.
But to a Central Michigan program that won just once last season and was coming off a 61-0 whitewash a week prior at Wisconsin, it was so much more than that.
And a pair of backups led the charge.
David Moore threw for 316 yards and two touchdowns and Kobe Lewis amassed 183 yards and three scores on 30 touches on Saturday as the Chippewas topped Akron, 45-24, before 18,641 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
It was the Mid-American Conference opener for the CMU (2-1), which won a league game for the first time since Nov. 24, 2017.
“Just can’t tell you how proud I am of our football team and this coaching staff,” first-year CMU coach Jim McElwain said. “It goes back to me feeling so good for these players, who maybe didn’t feel great about themselves (before) and yet understanding that the work you put in to it is what’s going to help you in whatever you do in life, and they saw that.
Grand Valley State’s 28-24 fourth quarter comeback win over a talented Delta State squad Saturday night at Lubbers Stadium before a crowd of 10,680 will be etched in the memory bank for years to come. The Lakers overcame three 10 point deficits, the third (24-14) coming in the fourth quarter with 9:52 remaining in the game. GVSU, now 2-0 on the year, will hit the road for the GLIAC opener at Northwood next Saturday (Sept. 21) for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
The Lakers trailed 24-14 after a Delta State touchdown with 9:52 remaining, but redshirt freshman backup quarterback Cade Peterson, who was in for the injured Cole Kotopka, led two fourth quarter touchdown drives. Peterson finished the first drive with a 2-yard TD run on fourth down with 5:19 left to pull Grand Valley State within three, then following an Antonio Strong interception and 26 yard return, Peterson drove the Lakers 21 yards in two plays as sophomore Aryuan Cain-Veasey went the final nine yards for a touchdown. The GVSU defense was able to come up with a stop on fourth down with 1:41 remaining to preserve the win.
Big Rapids, Mich. – The nationally second-ranked Ferris State Bulldogs stayed unbeaten on the year as FSU ran away with a 62-28 triumph over Central Washington in the NCAA Division II Showcase National Game of the Week on Saturday (Sept. 14) night at Tomlinson Stadium in Ellensburg, Wash.
The Bulldogs built a 34-14 third quarter lead before the Wildcats rallied back to pull within a score at 34-28 early in the fourth quarter.
However, Ferris State scored three times within a four-minute span after Central Washington closed the gap to put the game out of reach.
With the win, FSU improved to 2-0 on the year. The victory came on the longest trip in school history for the Bulldogs.
Senior quarterback Jayru Campbell returned to the FSU lineup and completed 17-of-29 throws for 271 yards and three TD’s, including a big 72-yard scoring toss to sophomore wideout Xavier Wade after the Wildcats had pulled within six.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan University football team is leaving a Big Ten Conference stadium with a win for the third consecutive season after beating the University of Illinois, 34-31, today, Sept. 14, at historic Memorial Stadium.
A back-and-forth contest, the game was tied with three seconds on the clock when sophomore kicker Chad Ryland (Lebanon, Pa.-Cedar Crest) drilled a 24-yard, game-winning field goal to down the Illini. Ryland has now used a last-second field goal to beat a Big Ten foe in consecutive season after walking-off Purdue, 20-19, in West Lafayette, a season ago.
“Awesome, awesome day for our program,” said Head Coach Chris Creightonsaid. “Our defense played well. We knew we weren’t going to shut them out, because they are really good, but we did what we needed to. Our guys just executed. I love this team – I mean, wow. What a great bunch of guys.”
Grand Valley State opened the 2019 season with an impressive 35-10 non-conference, home-opening win over Edinboro before a crowd of 14,552. The Lakers improve to 31-18 all-time in season-opening games (17-2 since 2001) and 34-11 in home openers at Lubbers Stadium (19-1 since 2001). The Lakers will host Delta State Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.
The Laker defense dominated from the opening kickoff, limiting Edinboro to 120 yards of total offense, including just five first downs. The fighting Scots tallied 120 yards of total offense, 13 via the ground on 20 carries. Edinboro’s offense produced just a second quarter 38 yard field goal. In addition, the Laker defense produced eight three-and-outs.
Offensively, GVSU scored on its opening possession of the season when junior QB Cole Kotopka hit RB Bryce Young-Walls with a 59-yard pass completion and then found WR Austin Paritee in the corner of the endzone with a 1-yard TD pass. Freshman PK Josh Gorball kicked the first of his five PATs to give GVSU a 7-0 lead. Sophomore RB Aryuan Cain-Veasey then took over the game. He raced 48 yards for a touchdown on the Lakers’ third possession of the game and then added a 94-yard TD run with 4:29 left in the second quarter to up the Laker lead to 21-3. The 94 yard TD run was the third longest in program history (Marty Carter 97, Spencer Calhoun 95).
KINGSVILLE, Texas — The Saginaw Valley State University Football team opened the 2019 season with a big 35-14 victory on the road over Texas A&M-Kingsville, using five defensive turnovers and four touchdowns from senior quarterback Ryan Conklin to claim the win.
After a scoreless first quarter, SVSU outscored the Javelinas 14-0 in the second to take that lead into halftime. Conklin found a wide open Chad Gailliard down the left sideline for a 44-yard touchdown pass with 3:37 left in the first half to make the count 7-0. The second score came after Jacob Dorn recovered a fumble at the Kingsville 3–yardline and Conklin promptly found Nysir Minney-Gratz for a 30-yard touchdown strike to push the count to 14-0.
Kingsville opened the scoring in the second half, trimming the Cardinal lead to 14-7 with 5:19 showing in the third quarter on a 22-yard pass play.
It didn’t take long for the Cardinals to respond, as SV found paydirt for the third time with 4:23 left in the third quarter as Conklin hit Casey Williams on a route and Williams took over and finished-off a 79-yard touchdown play. That pushed the visitors’ lead to 21-7.
The Cardinal defense got into the action to start the fourth quarter, as Marvin White picked-off a pass and brought it back to the house 71 yards for a pick-six and 28-7 Saginaw Valley lead just 18 seconds into the final frame.
The Javelinas scored again with 10:30 left to make the count 28-14 in SVSU’s favor but the nail in the coffin came when Conklin rushed the ball into the endzone from 13 yards out with just 4:33 left to push the lead out to 35-14.
That is where the final score remained, as SVSU sealed the deal and moved to 1-0 to begin the season.
ALBION, Mich. – Markell McCoy rushed for 154 yards and a touchdown and the defense allowed just 153 total yards as Albion College opened the football season with a 56-6 victory over Defiance College.
Kyle Thomas threw a pair of touchdown passes – 7 yards to Kolby Canfield and 11 yards to Isaiah Gibson – and the Britons recovered a blocked punt in the end zone as Albion opened up a 21-0 first half lead.
Thomas threw his third touchdown pass of the night in the third quarter – a 26-yard connection with his brother, Justin – and Donovan Slates later returned an interception 50 yards for a score.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Sophomore Jake Moody‘s 43-yard field goal proved to be the difference as the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan football team overcame early deficits and three first-half fumbles lost to defeat Army, 24-21, in double overtime Saturday (Sept. 7) at Michigan Stadium.
In the first meeting between the two teams since 1962, freshman Zach Charbonnet rushed for career highs of 33 carries, 100 yards and three touchdowns, and the Michigan defense came up big in the second overtime, ending the game with a quarterback sack and fumble recovery by junior Kwity Paye. U-M trailed 7-0 early and 14-7 at the half, and the Maize and Blue dodged Army’s 50-yard field goal attempt that fell short on the last play of regulation.
The Wolverines had the ball first in the second overtime period, and three incomplete passes led to a 43-yard field goal attempt from Moody, who snuck the ball inside the left upright for a 24-21 Michigan lead.