BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - The Wayne State University football squad (3-6 overall, 3-5 GLIAC) dropped a 41-10 decision at Ferris State University (6-3 overall, 6-2 GLIAC) Saturday afternoon at Top Taggart Field.
Each team punted on its initial drive prior to the Bulldogs driving 62 yards in nine plays with Jamaal Jackson scoring from five yards out on a first-and-goal. FSU signal caller Jason Vander Laan completed 3-of-3 passes on the drive for 20 yards, while Jackson (3 carries, 18 yards) and Antonio Agurs (2 carries, 19 yards) led the ground game.
The Warriors drove across midfield before the drive stalled. Senior punter Stefan Terleckyj (Warren, Mich./Mott) had his 43-yard boot downed at the 2-yard line by Austin Nelson (Haslett, Mich.).
FSU garnered four first downs on the ensuing drive, but a fourth down pass by Vander Laan was incomplete early in the second quarter.
Senior wide receiver Val Showers (Detroit, Mich./Crockett) gained 22-yards on a reverse crossing midfield, but the next three plays failed to gain a first down and Terleckyj punted again.
Ferris went 76 yards in seven plays with Jackson scoring on a 15-yard scamper on a third-and-five play with 8:31 remaining before intermission. The drive was aided by a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Warriors, along with an offside penalty on WSU on a third-and-12.
Wayne State responded with a 10-play, 65-yard drive culminating in a 26-yard field goal by Terleckyj, which extended his school-record total of three-pointers to 39. Junior Desmond Martin (Redford, Mich./Thurston) had five carries for 47 yards on the drive, while senior Toney Davis (Muskegon Hts., Mich./Muskegon) rushed three times for 19 yards.
FSU regained its 14-point advantage (17-3) on a 29-yard field goal by Austin Kanola with just 25 seconds left in the second period. Agurs had two carries for 32 yards on the scoring drive with both rushes picking up first downs.
The Warriors first drive of the third quarter was a three-and-out and Terleckyj's punt was blocked with Jamar Wimberly returning the ball eight yards to the WSU 10. Jackson tallied his third rushing touchdown of the game on the very next play extending FSU's lead 24-3.
Following another WSU punt, the Bulldogs added to their margin with Kantola's second field goal of the contest (this one also from 29 yards) with 8:54 remaining in the third stanza. Vander Laan was 3-of-4 for 34 yards on the drive.
After Terleckyj's third punt of the period, Ferris State drove 75 yards in seven plays with Jake Lampman catching a 38-yard scoring toss from Vander Laan.
Senior Chet Privett (Sterling Heights, Mich./Warren De La Salle) returned a short kickoff 15 yards to the WSU 41 to begin the ensuing drive.
Junior Sean Guinane (St. Joseph, Mich.) completed a third-down pass to senior Dominique Maybanks (Muskegon, Mich.), Davis earned another first down with a 14-yard run inside the FSU 35. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Guinane found redshirt freshman tight end Nathan White (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales) alone down the middle for a 23-yard gain inside the red zone. Two more carries Davis set up a first-and-goal, and Davis netted his 50 th career rushing touchdown (52 nd total touchdown) with 12:58 remaining in the game.
After a onside attempt was recovered by the Bulldogs, FSU went 41 yards in five plays to complete the scoring on a four-yard jaunt by Jackson.
Ferris State out-rushed WSU 277-175, and had a 467-268 edge in total offense which included a 190-93 margin in passing yards. FSU converted 6-of-11 third down plays compared to 3-of-14 for the Warriors.
Jackson rushed for a game-high total of 68 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs. Davis totaled 62 yards on 13 attempts to pace the Warriors, while Martin added 49 yards on seven attempts. Showers and sophomore Chris Burks (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech) each added 29 yards on the ground for WSU.
Doug Griffin (North Branch, Mich.) made his second consecutive start for Wayne State and completed 4-of-6 for 13 yards, while being held to six rushing yards. Sophomore Carl Roscoe (Kentwood, Mich./Kelloggsville) passed for 23 yards on 3-of-8, while Guinane was 5-of-10 for 57 yards.
Vander Laan, who was limited to 40 rushing yards (he was third in the GLIAC with 1,162 rushing yards), completed 18-of-24 passes for 190 yards and one touchdown and was sack once.
Agurs had game-high totals of 11 catches for 80 yards to led FSU, with Lampman adding 72 yards on four receptions with a touchdown.
Maybanks led WSU in catches (5) and receiving yards (30).
Excluding the blocked punt, Terleckyj averaged 44.0 yards on six punts with a long of 61 yards. Showers contributed 112 kickoff return yards on five attempts.
Senior linebacker Ed Viverette (Southfield, Mich./Brother Rice) totaled a game-high 13 tackles (5-8) along with a half-tackle for loss. Junior linebacker Nores Fradi (Dearborn Hts., Mich./Dearborn) was credited with eight tackles (2-6)
including the lone Warrior sack.
Wayne State will play its home finale next Saturday (at noon) against Grand Valley.