SVSU – WSU Lives Up To The Game Of The Week Promise, AS WSU Stuns SVSU 24 – 20

September 28, 2019

From WSUATHLETICS.COM – Jeff Weiss

DETROIT – The Wayne State University football team (2-2 overall, 1-0 GLIAC) began conference play with a 24-20 triumph over visiting Saginaw Valley State University (3-1 overall, 1-1 GLIAC), who entered the contest ranked No. 25 in the nation according to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).

The victory was the first for WSU over a top-25 squad since a 41-31 win over 13th-ranked Carson-Newman on Sept. 13, 2014 at Tom Adams Field.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Wayne State took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in eight plays for the game’s first score.  Senior Kyle Lewis (Detroit, Mich. / Renaissance) had a 35-yard kickoff return, and graduate student Deiontae Nicholas (Chesterfield, Mich. / L’Anse Creuse North) followed with a 15-yard carry to midfield.

After another 15-yard scamper by Nicholas, and a 12-yard reception by Lewis, senior quarterback Dakota Kupp (Waterford, Mich. / Mott) went around left end for a 14-yard touchdown dash on third-and-one.

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WMU Falls Short On The Road In Offensive Slug Fest With Syracuse, 52 – 33

September 21, 2019

From WMUBRONCOS.COM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Western Michigan football team wrapped up its non-conference schedule with a 52-33 loss to Syracuse at the Syracuse Dome on Saturday afternoon.

Senior quarterback Jon Wassink threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns, while senior running back LeVante Bellamy ran for 165 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Senior tight end Giovanni Ricci had a career-high eight receptions and a touchdown for a personal-best 105 yards, while sophomore Jaylen Hall caught four balls for 93 yards, including a 60-yard touchdown.

The Bronco defense forced two turnovers on the day, both fumbles. Junior safety A.J. Thomas and junior linebacker Treshaun Hayward led the team in tackles with 11 each, while Timothy Collins and Antonio Balabani each recorded sacks.

WMU (2-2) went into the locker room down 24-13 and the Orange (2-2) added a touchdown early in the third quarter to push the lead to 31-13. The Broncos responded quickly with Bellamy’s second 40-plus yard touchdown run of the day, this time for 43-yards out to cut into the lead. Syracuse responded again with a touchdown, extending its advantage to 38-19.

Western Michigan’s offense stuck quickly on a three-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a 60-yard touchdown reception by Hall, shortening the deficit to 38-26.

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MSU Puts Together Strongest TPR(c) Point Performance (15.5), Makes Dantonio All-Time Victories Leader In MSU History!

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]

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CMU Football Falls Short On The Road, To U-Miami (FLA) 17 – 12

September 21, 2019

From CMUChippewas.com, 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.

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EMU Football Moves To 3 – 1 With Another Late Victory, Beats CCSU 34 – 29

September 21, 2019

From EMUEAGLES.COM

YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – 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.

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Albion Football Hands Eureka (Ill) First Defeat Of 2019 Season 56 – 41

September 21, 2019

From GOBRITS.COM

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.

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Hope Football Holds Off Aurora (Ill) To Win CROSSOVER SHOWDOWN, 34 – 32

September 21, 2019

From HOPE.EDU (by Greg Chandler)

The Hope College football team built up a 20-point halftime lead, then survived a second-half comeback bid by a high-powered offense Saturday to defeat unbeaten Aurora University (Illinois), 34-32, on Saturday at Ray and Sue Smith Stadium.

With the win, the Flying Dutchmen will take a 2-1 record into a bye week. Hope now prepares to launch Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play Saturday, October 5, at defending league champion Trine University.

“It’s huge to get a win going into the bye week,” head coach Peter Stuursma said. “We get to get some guys healed up, learn from what we did right and wrong. We’ve got a good week-and-a half to prepare for our next game.”

Senior safety Luke Beckhusen of Coldwater, Michigan (Coldwater HS) sealed the win by recovering an onside kick after Aurora (2-1) scored with 53 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter on a hook-and-ladder play that covered 67 yards.

Quarterback Mason Opple then kneeled twice to run out the final seconds. The senior from Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville) passed for 202 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 86 yards and two scores.

Eight of Opple’s 12 completions went to senior receiver Christian Bos of Hudsonville, Michigan (Unity Christian HS), who finished with a career-high 162 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

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SVSU Throttles Down MTU To Win First Ever TPR(c) “Game Of The Week!” 23 – 7

September 21, 2019

From the SVSUCARDINALS.COM

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.

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Mich. Tech. Football Moves To 2-0 With Second Straight Road Win 24 – 19

Sept. 14, 2019

From MICHIGANTECHHUSKIES.COM

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.”

CMU Dispatchs Akron Zips, 45 – 24, Clears The Way For Road Game At Miami (Fla.)

Sept. 14, 2019

From Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com

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.

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