ALLENDALE, Mich. (Wayne State Athletics) - The Wayne State University football team (5-4 overall and GLIAC) closed out the road portion of its 2012 schedule with a 35-13 setback at Grand Valley (8-2 overall, 7-2 GLIAC) Saturday evening.
The Warrior defense forced a three-and-out on the game's opening possession. On WSU's first two plays, senior quarterback Mickey Mohner (Painesville, Ohio/Harvey) completed passes to redshirt freshman tight end Ethan Walsh (Canton, Mich./Salem) and junior wide receiver Dominique Maybanks (Muskegon, Mich.) for eight and five yards, respectively.
A third consecutive pass was ruled out of bounds by the side judge even though his partner originally ruled it a catch which television replay confirmed. Wayne State still managed a first down as true freshman tight end Trent Brodbeck (Toledo, Ohio/St. John's Jesuit) hauled in a 13-yard reception on a third-and-10. After a holding penalty and dropped pass near the goal line, junior place-kicker Stefan Terleckyi (Warren, Mich./Mott) connected on a career-long 51-yard field goal attempt.
Terleckyj's boot tied for the second longest in school history (Robert Klick kicked two 51-yard field goals 10/14/89 at Ashland and 10/20/90 at Northern Michigan). WSU's school record 52-yard field goal was kicked on Oct. 15, 1920, by Harold Grant Iler vs. Assumption.
A 45-yard kickoff return by Kirk Spencer gave the Lakers great field position at the 50 yard line. On the sixth play of the drive, Michael Ratay rushed three yards up the middle for the game's first touchdown.
On WSU's first play of the ensuing drive, Mohner completed a six-yard pass to Walsh to move ahead of Joique Bell as WSU's all-time leader in total offense yards. Terleckyj had a 50-yard punt after a third down pass was dropped by a Warrior preventing the first down.
Junior defensive end Andrew Matt (Wyandotte, Mich./Roosevelt) notched his second interception of the season on GVSU's fourth play of the drive, returning it to the Laker 31.
Three Desmond Martin (Redford, Mich./Thurston) netted just two yards and Terleckyj nailed a 46-yard field goal attempt to move into a tie for third in career scoring with Pierre Brown (1998-2001) at 230 points.
Terleckyj's 31 st career field goal moved him past Matt Fishburn (1994-97) into second place on the WSU all-time list.
Grand Valley went 78 yards in seven plays with Ratay scoring on a three-yard run left.
Following a Warrior punt, the Lakers went 90 yards in eight plays with Kirk Spencer scoring on a 53-yard rush right to make it 21-6 just past the midpoint of the second quarter.
Wayne State garnered a pair of first on the next drive on back-to-back completions to Davis and Michael Johnson (Detroit, Mich./Clintondale) with Davis earning a first down with an 11-yard catch on a third-and-10.
Charles Johnson of Grand Valley fumbled Terleckyj's punt after calling for a fair catch but was able to recover his own miscue. The Lakers drove into the red zone but a bad snap on the shotgun cost GV 12 yards then sophomore cornerback Gerren DuHart (Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic) intercepted a pass in the end zone for his team-leading third pick of the campaign.
Grand Valley held a 316-113 advantage in total yards during the first 30 minutes.
Wayne State punted after picking up one first down on its first drive after halftime. GV went 67 yards in two plays with Charles Johnson catching a four-yard slant pass from Isiah Grimes after a 57-yard run by Spencer.
Both teams punted on their next drives, with WSU taking over at its 17 yard line after Will Lyons recovered a fumbled punt return by Michael Johnson. Wayne State put together a 17-play drive covering 83 yards using primarily running plays by Davis and Jessie Johnson (Monroe, Mich.).
Michael Johnson had a nine-yard catch on a third-and-five, followed by a 16-yard run for Davis which was WSU's longest play from scrimmage in the game.
On a third-and-10, Mohner scrambled for nine yards receiving a nice block from Jessie Johnson. WSU brought out the punt team forcing GVSU to take a timeout. After the break, Davis rushed four yards for a first down, then gained 19 yards on the next two carries. Jessie Johnson had six straight rushing attempts for 19 yards setting up a fourth-and-goal from the GVSU 2. Mohner faked the run and found sophomore H-back Sean McAuliffe (Westland, Mich./Livonia Franklin) all alone in the end zone for his first career reception.
After the kickoff, Grand Valley drove inside the 30 when a personal foul was called on WSU for retaliating. Three rushing plays after the flag netted four yards and in a bit of poetic justice, GVSU's Marco Iaderosa's 27-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright and bounced into the end zone.
After a punt for each team, Wayne State took over and its own 25 with redshirt freshman Carl Roscoe (Kentwood, Mich./Kelloggsville) taking over at quarterback. Jessie Johnson had a six-yard run followed by Roscoe's first collegiate pass attempt and completion
to junior fullback Chet Privett (Sterling Heights, Mich./Warren De La Salle).
Following a Warrior punt, Grand Valley drove 67 yards completing a fourth down pass (instead of going for a field goal) from Grimes to Charles Johnson with 1:29 left on the ninth play of the drive.
GVSU held a 319-88 advantage in rushing yards with Spencer rushing for 228 and one score and Ratay adding 118 yards and two scores. Davis led WSU with 55 yards on 11 attempts.
Grimes completed 15-of-23 for 204 yards and two touchdowns but the Warriors intercepted him twice. Mohner finished 17-of-31 for 133 yards and one score. Roscoe completed four-of-six for 30 yards.
GVSU's Charles Johnson had game-high totals of 10 catches for 112 yards and two scores, while Michael Johnson led WSU with five catches for 47 yards. Ten different Warriors had receptions.
DuHart and David Churchwell (Muskegon, Mich.) tied for team-high tackle totals with eight with DuHart also contributing an interception and a pass break-up.
Wayne State will conclude the 2012 campaign at home next Saturday with a noon kickoff against the Michigan Tech Huskies.