Wayne State falls to Michigan Tech in season finale

HOUGHTON, Mich. (WSU Athletics) - The Wayne State University football squad (3-8 overall, 3-7 GLIAC) concluded its 2013 campaign with a 28-21 setback at Michigan Tech (6-4 overall, 6-4 GLIAC) Saturday afternoon.

Following a punt at the end of the Warriors first drive of the game, the Huskies drove 86 yards in 12 plays using over five minutes on the clock to take a 7-0 lead on a two-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Scarlett to Ian Wienke midway through the first quarter.

Senior linebacker Ed Viverette (Southfield, Mich./Brother Rice) intercepted a Scarlett pass midway through the second stanza returning it to the MTU 35 yard line.

On the seventh play of the Wayne State drive, senior running back Toney Davis (Muskegon Hts., Mich./Muskegon) scampered in around right end from two yards out on a third-and-goal for his 52nd career rushing touchdown.  Big plays on the drive were a 17-yard reception by senior wide receiver Dominique Maybanks (Muskegon, Mich.) on a second-and-10 and a 11-yard run by Davis on a second-and-eight.  Senior place-kicker Stefan Terleckyj (Warren, Mich./Mott) connected on the PAT to knot the game at seven.

On the ensuing drive, junior safety David Churchwell (Muskegon, Mich.) picked off Scarlett setting up a Warrior drive in Huskies territory.  WSU ran 11 plays in the final 3:30 with Maybanks concluding the 43-yard scoring drive with a five-yard touchdown reception from junior Doug Griffin (North Branch, Mich.) on a third-and-goal play.  It was Maybanks' 10th career receiving touchdown. Terleckyj's PAT put the Warriors in front 14-7 with 16 seconds left before halftime.

Michigan Tech took the second half kickoff and drove 76 yards in eight plays with Charlie Leffingwell scoring on a nine-yard jaunt.  Garrett Mead converted the PAT to even the game at 14 with 10:48 remaining in the third period.

Following an exchange of punts, the Warriors took over at midfield and it only took three plays for WSU to regain the lead.  Griffin gained one yard on first down, then junior tailback Desmond Martin (Redford, Mich./Thurston) rushed for 29 yards.  On the next play, Martin took a jet sweep handoff around the left side for 20 yards and his fifth rushing touchdown of the season.  Terleckyj made the PAT to conclude his career with 286 points.

MTU answered with a seven-play, 70-yard drive as Andrew Clark hauled in a 41-yard scoring pass from Scarlett with 2:58 left in the third period to tie the game at 21.

After a WSU punt, the Huskies would score the game-winning points in quick fashion - a four-play, 67-yard drive that consumed just 90 seconds on the clock.  Back-to-back pass plays on the first two plays of the drive gained a total of 62 yards, then Cole Welch caught a four-yard pass from Scarlett on the second play of the fourth quarter.

On the ensuing possession, Wayne State was unable to pick up a first down on fourth-and-one at its own 29, but the defense held after the first two plays gained 23 yards and Mead was wide right on a 24-yard field goal attempt.

The Warriors responded with a 15-play drive (all rushes) that took over eight minutes on the clock, but Martin only gained one yard on a fourth-and-three at the MTU 12.

WSU used two timeouts and senior defensive end Greg Hasse (Northville, Mich.) forced a fumble which was recovered by junior cornerback Gerren DuHart (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) at the Huskies 35 with 53 seconds remaining.

Griffin found Maybanks over the middle for 15 yards on the first play, but was intercepted inside the MTU 10-yard line on the very next play.

Martin rushed for a game-high (and a career-best) 149 yards on 26 carries, with Griffin adding 112 yards on 24 attempts to lead Wayne State.

Leffingwell led the Michigan Tech rushing attack with 121 yards on 19 carries.

Griffin completed 5-of-10 for 46 yards and one touchdown along with the late game interception.  Scarlett was 15-of-24 for 217 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Maybanks had three receptions for 37 yards for WSU, which was without its leading receiver Michael Johnson, who was injured and did not make the trip.

Jordan McConnell had game-high totals of nine receptions for 117 yards.

Sophomore safety Zak Bielecki (Macomb, Mich./Lutheran North) recorded a team-best 11 tackles for Wayne State.

WSU led in first downs (19-17), rushing yards (276-155) and time of possession (36:27-23:33), while the Huskies had the edge in passing yards (217-46) and total offense (372-322).

Wayne State was 8-of-17 on third down compared to Michigan Tech's 4-of-8, but the Warriors were just 1-of-5 on fourth down.

These two teams will meet in the 2014 season opener at Adams Field in Detroit on Sept. 6.


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