DETROIT (WSU Athletics) - The Wayne State University football team (3-4 overall, 3-3 GLIAC) suffered a 14-10 setback to 28th-ranked Saginaw Valley State University (6-1 overall, 6-0 GLIAC) Saturday afternoon at a rain-soaked Adams Field.
The Warriors led 10-0 through three quarters limiting the high-powered Cardinal offense to 131 yards (19 rushes for 32 yards and 12 completions for 99 yards), while generating 247 yards of total offense and three trips to the red zone. It was the first time since a shutout loss to Grand Valley in 2008 that the Cardinals' did not manage to score through three quarters of play. SVSU scored two touchdowns in less than a three minute span in the fourth quarter to upend the host Warriors.
Wayne State drove 84 yards to the SVSU one-yardline on its second possession of the game, garnering four first downs all on pass completions by junior Sean Guinane (St. Joseph, Mich.).
Guinane, who was making his second career start, completed 4-of-6 on the drive for 70 yards with his final completion being the first career reception for freshman tight end Nathan White (Toledo, Ohio/St. Francis de Sales). Two plays before White's catch, senior wide receiver Dominique Maybanks (Muskegon, Mich.) extended his reception streak to 21 games with a 13-yard grab on a third-and-nine play from the SVSU 32.
On a second-and-goal from the one, Guinane was unable to handle the snap with the ball bouncing into the end zone where it was recovered by Cardinal Brian Johnson.
On the ensuing drive, Saginaw Valley signal caller Jonathon Jennings was stopped by Warrior senior linebacker Moe Davenport (Southfield, Mich.) for no gain on a fourth-and-one from the WSU 49.
The first quarter stats were nearly even with WSU holding a 70-69 edge in passing yards along with an 18-9 advantage in rushing yards.
Following SVSU's third punt of the game early in the second period, Wayne State went 51 yards in nine plays to take a 7-0 lead. WSU converted both third down plays on the drive as junior quarterback Doug Griffin (North Branch, Mich.) gained three yards on a third-and-two, then scored from four yards out on a third-and-goal. Griffin had six carries during the scoring drive for 28 yards, while junior Desmond Martin (Redford, Mich./Thurston) added three rushing attempts for 14 yards.
After the Warrior defense forced a three-and-out for the second time in the contest, the Wayne State offense drove deep into Cardinal territory. Guinane completed a 24-yard pass to Maybanks on a third-and-eight, and three plays later junior wide out Michael Johnson (Detroit, Mich./Clintondale) hauled in an eight-yard pass on third-and-four. Guinane had a nine-yard carry on a third-and-10 but on fourth-and-one mishandled the snap resulting in a two-yard loss and a turnover on downs.
WSU's defense responded with back-to-back takeaways on the next two Saginaw Valley drives. Junior cornerback Gerren DuHart (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) had an interception, then freshman safety Valorian Cunningham (Kalamazoo, Mich./Loy Norrix) forced a fumble that he recovered.
Wayne State had a 108 to minus-4 margin in total offense during the second quarter recording 54 yards both rushing and passing, while the Warrior defense did not allow a completion and limited the Cardinals to four rushes for minus four yards.
Despite leaving 14 points off the board through 30 minutes and holding a 196-74 advantage in total offense, WSU still lead 7-0 at intermission. The Warriors were 6-of-10 on third down at halftime, while SVSU was 1-of-6.
On the Cardinals first possession of the third quarter, Jennings was sacked by senior defensive lineman Mike Laamanen (Macomb, Mich./Dakota), who forced a fumble that was recovered by sophomore defensive tackle Ryan Hankins (Davison, Mich.).
After being unable to garner a first down, senior place-kicker Stefan Terleckyj (Warren, Mich./Mott) connected from 41-yards increasing the Wayne State lead to 10-0 with 9:24 remaining in the third quarter.
The Warriors recovered an onside kick but punted on fourth-and-four. SVSU drove to the Wayne State 31, but Cardinal place-kicker Scott Stanford missed a 48-yard field goal attempt.
Following a WSU punt, Saginaw Valley had an 11-play, 80-yard drive culminating in a 18-yard touchdown reception by Jeff Janis from Jennings cutting the Warrior lead to 10-7.
Wayne State had to punt on its next drive and the Cardinals drove 73 yards in five plays with Janis catching a 38-yard scoring toss from Jennings to complete the scoring.
After a three-and-out by WSU, SVSU used over seven minutes on the clock and drove inside the Warrior five. Jennings was sacked on fourth-and-goal, giving Wayne State the ball with 12 seconds remaining. Guinane had a 19-yard completion to junior Val Showers (Detroit, Mich./Crockett) plus a personal four on SVSU advanced the ball to the WSU 47, but Guinane's Hail Mary pass was incomplete.
The personal foul late in the game on Saginaw Valley senior defensive
tackle Mason Duke was deemed targeting (the first in a WSU game this season) as a blow to the head resulting in an ejection. Duke will be unable to play the first half of next Saturday's game for SVSU.
Griffin led all ball carriers with 53 yards on 11 carries, plus his third career rushing touchdown. Mark Mays led SVSU with 48 yards on 17 carries.
Guinane was 11-of-24 for 160 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Jennings, after going 10-for-11 for 160 yards in the fourth quarter, finished 22-of-32 for 259 yards and two scores with one interception.
Johnson led WSU wtih four receptions for 54 yards, while Maybanks added three catches for 52 yards. Janis had a game-high 139 receiving yards, while Cardinal teammate Michael Albrecht had a game-best 11 receptions (for 77 yards).
WSU led 108-81 in rushing yards, with SVSU holding a 259-166 edge in passing yards, along with a 340-274 advantage in total offense. The Warriors were 7-of-17 on third down, compared to 6-of-13 for Saginaw Valley, which converted 4-of-5 in the final stanza.
Wayne State senior linebacker Ed Viverette (Southfield, Mich./Brother Rice) had a game-high 10 tackles (6-4) including 2.5 for loss (including one sack) along with a quarterback hurry. Davenport contributed eight tackles (5-3) with DuHart totaling five solo tackles, an interception and a pass break-up.
Jon Bryant led Saginaw Valley with eight tackles (6-2) with Murtada Jabbie adding six solo tackles including two for loss.
Wayne State will try to snap its two-game losing streak and its five-game road losing skein next Saturday at Northern Michigan in a 1 p.m. kickoff at the Superior Dome in Marquette.