September 21, 2019

From MSUSPARTANS.COM, Via Associated Press, By John Jackson

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Brian Lewerke had three touchdown passes, Elijah Collins added a rushing TD and Michigan State bounced back from a stunning loss a week ago for a 31-10 victory over Northwestern on Saturday. The win was the 110th for coach Mark Dantonio at Michigan State, which makes him the winningest coach in program history. Dantonio, who had been tied with Duffy Daugherty, is 110-52 in 13 seasons.

Lewerke completed 18 of 31 passes for 228 yards and Collins had 76 yards rushing on 17 carries as the Spartans (3-1, 1-0 Big Ten Conference) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Wildcats (1-2, 0-1).

Michigan State lost 10-7 to Arizona State last week after an apparent game-tying field goal was negated by penalty.

Northwestern had its eight-game winning streak in Big Ten regular-season games snapped. The Wildcats had won 15 of 16 regular-season conference games.

[MSU’s  victory marked it’s highest TPR(c) scoring total (15.5 points) in the 1+ year of the ratings system. It was also the 2nd highest point total, behind Hope’s (20 point) performance last week against Defiance (OH) – – Editor]


September 21, 2019

From, Andy Sneddon

Chippewas Go Down Swinging In Miami

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Just about everything but a win.

And in the long run, the Central Michigan football program may look back on the first month of the 2019 season as one where it went from crawling to walking.

The Chippewas stood toe-to-toe with Atlantic Coast Conference member Miami (Fla.) on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium, never backing down in what turned into a battle of defenses.

The Hurricanes got a 17-12 win; the Chippewas, perhaps, some respect and a level of self-discovery – maybe belief — as they head into next weekend’s battle with archrival Western Michigan in Kalamazoo.

“I’m really proud of those kids in that locker room,” first-year CMU coach Jim McElwain said. “They made a decision and a choice this week to go out and really play hard, and I’ll tell you what, we played hard, which was great to see.

“Anytime you lose it hurts; for the first time I kind of felt in that locker room there was a little bit of pain and that’s not a bad thing.”

It was, perhaps, a barometer for how far the Chippewas have come in McElwain’s four games in charge of the program. They lost in their last game with a Power 5 opponent, Wisconsin, 61-0, two weeks ago.


September 21, 2019


YPSILANTI, Mich. ( – Senior Mathew Sexton (Clinton, Mich.) returned a blocked punt 30 yards for a touchdown with 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, as the Eastern Michigan University football team emerged victorious against Central Connecticut State University, 34-29, Saturday, Sept. 21 at “The Factory” inside Rynearson Stadium.

The Eagles improve to 3-1 on the year with the victory, while Blue Devils drop their first contest of the year and now hold a 3-1 record.

“It’s adversity. Without adversity, it (EMU) doesn’t make a great team,” said Sexton, adding “It comes down to execution.”

Senior quarterback Mike Glass III (St. Louis, Mo.-Hazelwood Central (Southwestern College)) authored another strong performance under center, completing 26-of-39 passes for 279 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. In all, Glass has thrown two or more touchdown passes in five consecutive games dating back to the 2018 Raycom Media Camellia Bowl against Georgia Southern, Dec. 15.


September 21, 2019


ALBION, Mich. – With Justin Thomas hauling in four touchdown passes – an Albion College single-game record – it’s hard to believe Albion College had to grind out a victory over Eureka College at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Eureka had to settle for a pair of field goals in the fourth quarter as Albion pulled out a 56-41 victory in its final tune up prior to the start of Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action on Oct. 5.

It was a see-saw type of game where the score was tied three times and the lead changed three times.

Albion finally took the lead for good when Thomas streaked up the hash marks to haul in a 42-yard pass from his brother, Kyle, to make the score 42-35 late in the third quarter.

A holding penalty erased what would have been a Eureka touchdown to tie the score. Jeremiah Major wrapped up Eureka quarterback Drew Barth for a 4-yard loss on third down from the Albion 12-yard line. The Red Devils settled for a 33-yard field goal to cut the Albion lead to 42-38.


September 21, 2019


UNIVERSITY CENTER — The Cardinal Football team hosted the Michigan Tech University Huskies on Saturday (Sep. 21) afternoon in the GLIAC opener for both teams. After a Michigan Tech touchdown on its first possession, Saginaw Valley shut the door defensively and used a 17-point fourth quarter to register a 23-7 comeback victory at Wickes Stadium.

SVSU got a career-high 131 yards on the ground from Nate McCrary and three field goals from Connor Luksic as part of stellar special teams play to help lead to the win. The Cardinal defense forced three turnovers as well, with Nick WhitesideJared Stephens and Michael Woolridge all picking-off passes.

Tech took a 7-0 lead at the 12:37 marker when Will Ark connected with Jacob Wenzlick for a 52-yard score.

A 47-yard field goal from Luksic split the uprights with 5:47 to play in the opening quarter, trimming the deficit to 7-3. Luksic added another field goal in the second when he drilled a 43-yard try to narrow the score at 7-6. That score came as 6:17 showed in the second quarter and the 7-6 count remained into the half.

The third quarter went scoreless, as both teams failed to find paydirt and entered the fourth quarter with the score at 7-6 in favor of the Huskies.



September 20, 2019

Ypsilanti, MI –

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.

Details for the game appear above.

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Sept. 14, 2019


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.”

Sept. 14, 2019

From Andy Sneddon,

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.


Sept. 14, 2019


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.


Sept. 14, 2019


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.