Tenth Ranked GVSU Overcomes Double-Digit Deficits To Remain Unbeaten, 28-24

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.


#2 Ranked Ferris State Strong In D-2 Game Of The Week On The Road, 62 – 28

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.


Last Second FG Propels EMU Over Illinois, On The Road!

Sept. 14, 2019


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 Creighton said. “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.”


GVSU Begins 2019 Football Season With A Dominant 35 – 10 Performance!

Sept. 8, 2019


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).


SVSU Football Opens 2019 Campaign On The Road, In Texas, With 35 – 14 Victory!

Sept. 07, 2019


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 College Kicks Off 2019 Football Season in Style, 56 – 6

Sept. 7, 2019

From GoBrits.Com

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.

McCoy, Ryan Roberts and Phillip Jones-Price scored rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

Slates led the defense with 10 tackles, while Mitchell Arendsen was credited with 3 ½ tackles for loss.

Albion will hit the road next weekend, visiting Franklin College for a 6 p.m. game.


U-M Survives Clash With Army, 24 – 21 In 2 Overtimes!

Sept. 07, 2019

From MGOBlue.Com

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.


Lawrence Tech. Kicks-Off Historic 2019 Football Season Against #5 St. Xavier, Falls 45 – 13.

Sept. 07, 2019

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University football team fell to No. 5 Saint Xavier (Ill.) University 45-13 on Saturday, September 7 in Southfield, Mich.

Lawrence Tech (0-1) took the opening kick, but after a three-and-out, the Cougars got the ball. It took just one play for Saint Xavier to take a 7-0 lead as Vance McShane hit the outside and ran the sideline for 60 yards. McShane made it 14-0 on a five yard run to finish the first quarter up 14-0.

In the second quarter, the Blue Devils cut the lead to 21-7, but a flag negated the touchdown forcing the Blue Devils to turn the ball over on downs. The Cougars responded with another touchdown, this one a 22 yard pass from Alex Martinez to Justin Pringle to push Saint Xavier to a 28-0 lead.

The Lawrence Tech’s defense held the Cougars to a field goal on the next drive to make it 31-0. The Blue Devils responded with a fumble recovery that led to a 36-yard field goal for Brad Gibson to make it 31-3. The Cougars added one more touchdown before the half to take a 38-3 lead into the break.

“We talked about bounce back,” head coach Jeff Duvendeck said. “Being one of the main points; the three main keys of winning that game. Our bounce back at first was a little slow. We spot him 28 and it got out of the game slow and just kind of got shell-shocked.


#2 Ranked Ferris State Football Pulls Off Slim Victory Against Findlay

September 5, 2019

Big Rapids, Mich. – The Ferris State University football squad opened the year with a victory as the nation’s second-ranked Bulldogs held on for a 24-23 win over Findlay on Thursday (Sept. 5) night in season-opening action at FSU’s Top Taggart Field.

The Bulldogs built a 24-17 lead in the fourth quarter before the Oilers marched 95 yards in nine plays to pull within a point inside of a minute to play. However, a two-point conversion try came up short at the goal line as FSU preserved the victory.

Findlay struck first early as the Oilers scored the initial drive of the game, moving 75 yards in six plays to take the first lead on Ruben Flowers’ 37-yard scoring reception from Matt Winzeler.

The Bulldogs answered though less than 15 seconds later as quarterback Travis Russell found sophomore receiver Sy Barnett on a 59-yard scoring play on FSU’s first offensive play to knot the game up.


Wayne State Football Finds The Footing Slippery Against #10 Slippery Rock


DETROIT — The Wayne State University football team (0-1) began its 2019 campaign with a 62-37 setback to 10th-ranked Slippery Rock University (1-0) Thursday evening at Tom Adams Field.

The visiting Rock scored a touchdown on their first eight possessions, while the Warriors had two second quarter touchdowns before out-scoring SRU 23-13 in the second half.

Slippery Rock led 21-0 after 15 minutes having out-gained WSU 131-45 in the opening stanza.  Slippery Rock quarterback Roland Rivers III tossed a 24-yard scoring pass on a third-and-10 and after a six-yard touchdown scamper by Charles Snorweah, scored on a one-yard run around right end on a fourth-and-goal play.