Ferris State Football Is Stunned By West Florida, 28 – 14

Ferris State’s D2 Playoff Run Comes To Finish In National Semifinals

Re-posted From FERRISSTATEBULLDOGS.COM Release –

Big Rapids, Mich. – The Ferris State University Bulldogs’ NCAA Division II Playoff run came to a finish on Saturday (Dec. 14) night as West Florida pulled out a 28-14 run over FSU in the national semifinals at Top Taggart Field.

In a battle between the last two national runner-ups, the Bulldogs took a 14-7 lead in the third quarter and were driving towards another potential score near the end of the period before a fumble bounced thru the endzone and resulted in a touchback.

The fumble was one of six turnovers in the game for Ferris State in the Bulldogs’ trip to the national semifinals in the past four years. It denied FSU a return trip to the national championship game in McKinney, Texas.

West Florida struck first as the Argonauts marched 75 yards in eight plays on the opening drive of the contest to take an early 7-0 lead on quarterback Austin Reed’s 34-yard scoring pass to Tate Lehtio.

However, Ferris State answered back near the end of the opening stanza when tailback Tyler Minor found paydirt on a six-yard scoring run to finish an 11-play, 61-yard FSU drive.

The score stood until the opening drive of the third period when FSU moved 65 yards in seven plays to surge ahead 14-7 on senior slot receiver Dion Earls‘ 11-yard scoring run.

After a 21-yard West Florida field goal from Austin Williams pulled UWF back within four points, erris State got the ball back and drove down the field and was nearing another score when senior QB Travis Russell found wideout Xavier Wade at the one-yard line on a long throw. However, the ball popped loose thru the endzone, resulting in the touchback and momentum changed.

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Ashland’s Hail Mary Clears The Way For Hope’s Return To The # 1 Spot In TPR(c)

October 9, 2019 – Ypsilanti, MI

By Tony Dixon for College Football Wrap-Up(c)

Hope Storms Back Into #1 Position In TPR(c) Ratings!

Hope College turned in the second highest TPR scoring for the season in upsetting # 24 and two-time defending MIAA Conference champion Trine this past Saturday in Indiana with a 51 – 0 road victory.

Hope’s TPR scoring was 16 points for it’s complete dominance of Trine (IN) University. Hope has also turned in the highest scoring weekly scoring for the season with it’s 20 point performance in a victory over Defiance (OH), 80 – 6 in week 2 of the season.

Three of the previous week’s Top Five teams remained in or rose in position, while Michigan Tech made it’s return and Alma joined the elite group. MTU profited from having a Bye week and a revision in the TPR(c) scoring process. Alma  rose as a result of it’s stunning 4th quarter dominance of Albion in a 32 – 28 victory last Saturday.

 

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Grand Valley State saw it’s # 1 TPR ranking disappear due to Ashland’s 4th quarter miracle this past Saturday at Lubber’s Stadium. But, no time to lament that wasted opportunity as The Battle of The Valleys is on the horizon.

That’s right, this week’s GVSU vs. SVSU, The Battle Of The Valleys is the CFWU(c) GAME OF THE WEEK! Saginaw Valley rebounded from it’s upset loss to Wayne State at Tom Adams Field, by downing Northwood University, 55 – 29 in the 45th edition of The Axe Bowl game.

Ferris State finds itself in another battle, right after last week’s tussle with then unbeaten Davenport-AA.

The # 11 and #12 teams found themselves recovering from losses in both games and positions. MSU was treated rudely in it’s visit to #4 (Nationally) OSU, 34 – 10.

EMU also faired poorly on the road in it’s matchup with Central Michigan, 42 – 16.

Wayne State, fresh off it’s upset of SVSU continued it’s winning ways, adding a road victory over NMU to it’s current 3 game winning streak. (Editor’s note: WSU stat’s were recorded in error, it’s corrected TPR(c) Scoring for the past week is actually 7.3, which puts it into the Top Ten at # 10. We apologize for the mis-calculation.)

WSU will have little time to rest on it’s laurels as 2018 National Championship Runner-up, and # 2 ranked nationally Ferris State is coming to Tom Adams Field to test WSU commitment. FSU has a strong defense and rushing attack and will provide a strong measuring stick for WSU’s 2019 campaign.

 

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

Sept. 14, 2019

From FERRISSTATEBULLDOGS.COM

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.

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#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.

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