GVSU Is The New #1 Team As Defense Makes A Return To Michigan’s College Football Landscape!

October 1, 2019

By Tony Dixon

Ypsilanti, MI – –

As the end of September heralds the beginning of fall in Michigan, so to did it herald the return of defense to the college football gridiron! While Albion’s prolific Thomas brothers were taking a well deserved rest during their Bye week, last week’s #1 team SVSU went down to Detroit to meet the Warriors of Wayne State at Tom Adams Field.

This was the College Football Wrap-Up(C)’s “GAME OF THE WEEK” and it did not disappoint, unless you were rooting for SVSU, as the former TPR(c) #1 went down in defeat 24 – 20. WSU’s defense performed admirably and even came away with 2 turnovers, including a pivotal fumble recovery on SVSU’s first offensive play of the game. The recovery was made on the SVSU 2 yard line, and while WSU didn’t add the touchdown, their successful field goal attempt gave the Warriors an early 10 point lead. WSU would later add a score on another defensive takeaway, an interception returned for a touchdown for a 17 point, first quarter lead.

The TPR(c) from the past weekend’s action are shown below:

This week’s CFWU(c)’s GAME OF THE WEEK will be the game between #3* Concordia U-AA (Nationally ranked #5) and #8* Sienna Hgts. Univ. (Nationally ranked #20). Both are unbeaten, ranked nationally will be looking to further their agendas, at the expense of their counterpart. The two teams are coming from opposite directions in terms of the last performance, CU-AA defeated a nationally ranked team (#9) in St. Xavier Univ. (IL) 42 – 35. While SHU had it’s way with Trinity International Univ. , 63 – 2.

#7* Davenport U-GR’s defense recorded 4 Take-aways (3 interceptions) in a strong performance against Lindenwood U., 35 – 24 for Homecoming week.

#8* Sienna Hgts. would have probably have held on to it’s former #1 ranking were it not for the proliferation of penalties it amassed (13) during it’s 63 – 2 victory.

#13* U-M turned in it’s best TPR(c) Performance (8.0) of the season with it’s complete victory over Big Ten rival Rutgers. However, it’s next opponent, #14 (nationally) Iowa, should provide the Homecoming crowd with a clearer picture of what to expect from this team for the rest of the season.

#16* WMU had a statistical edge over MAC and in-state rival CMU in it’s 31 – 15 victory, but both teams TPR(c)’s were adversely affected by the seemingly limitless amount of laundry that was on the field during the game. Each team was accessed 15 penalties for various infractions and the deduction (-7.5 TPR points) really hit WMU’s total hard.

#20* Kalamazoo College had a Bye this past week.

#21* Lawrence Tech‘s game against St. Francis (IL) bucked the trend of defensive battles this past weekend as the two teams combined for over 800 yards of offense and over 80 points. Unfortunately, LTU did come out on the short end of this offensive explosion to fall to 1 – 3 for the season.

 

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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.

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