GAME EIGHT RECAP:
WAYNE STATE 19, FERRIS STATE 0
Bulldogs Shutout In Annual Homecoming Contest
The Ferris State University football team turned the ball over four times and was held scoreless as the visiting Wayne State Warriors recorded a 19-0 shutout over the Bulldogs in FSU's annual homecoming contest Saturday (Oct. 18) afternoon at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
The Warriors' victory represented the Bulldogs' first shutout loss at home since falling to Grand Valley State in their 1989 homecoming game (10/7/09) by a score of 28-0 at Top Taggart Field. It also came before a season-high crowd of 3,869 fans.
WSU took a 9-0 halftime lead on three field goals from senior kicker David Chudzinski, who became the school's career leader by making four field goals in the game, giving him 32 for his career.
The Warriors opened the scoring on Chudzinski's 31-yard field goal at the 13:14 mark of the second quarter, which capped a short nine-yard drive following a long punt return. Then, with 3:15 left before halftime, Chudzinski converted a 36-yard field goal to finish off a short 22-yard march which came on the heels of an interception.
WSU added another field goal with only 20 seconds left in the half. Chudzinski connected from 28-yards out after a Bulldog fumble with just over a minute remaining in the period.
In the second half, the Warriors increased their lead to 12-0 with 10:55 left in the third period as Chudzinski split the uprights from 26-yards away to finish off the Warriors' longest march of the day measuring 51 yards on eight plays.
The final Wayne State points came on an 86-yard interception return by Jeremy Jones with 5:21 left in the contest, which ended any hopes of a Bulldog comeback.
Ferris took the loss despite holding a 311 to 179 edge in total yards. The Bulldogs also had 22 first downs compared to only 11 for the Warriors. FSU managed 155 rushing yards on 48 attempts and completed 19-of-35 passes for 156 yards.
The FSU defense held the Warriors' potent ground game to 125 yards on 35 carries and WSU was 7-of-17 in the air for 54 yards.
In addition to four turnovers, the Bulldogs also had three penalties for 30 yards. Wayne State did not turn the ball over and was called for five penalties totaling 65 yards. Ferris' offense was also stopped on three-straight plays from the Warriors one-yard line late in the third quarter.
Junior Kyle Parrish earned the start at quarterback for FSU and completed 14-of-23 passes for 113 yards with one interception. He ran the ball 15 times for 51 yards. Redshirt freshman Tom Schneider came on in relief in the fourth quarter and was five-of-12 in the air for 43 yards with two interceptions, the last of which was picked off in the end zone by Jones on the Bulldogs' final possession of the game.
Senior tailback Paris Holloman led the Bulldogs on the ground with 65 yards on 12 carries. Senior Cole Meredith caught a game-high six passes for 48 yards and senior Rahseem Jones-Salaam netted five catches for 34 yards.
Daryl Graham led Wayne State with 92 rushing yards on 22 attempts. Quarterback Kevin Smith added 23 rushing yards in addition to his 54 yards passing.
Defensively, senior All-American Jake Visser paced the Bulldogs with a team-high 11 tackles including seven solo efforts and three tackles for loss.
Ferris' loss was its first to Wayne State on homecoming day since a 23-7 setback in 1984 (10/20) and was the Warriors' first shutout of the Bulldogs at Top Taggart Field since a 35-0 triumph in 1977 (10/1).
The Bulldogs dropped to 5-3 overall and 4-3 in the GLIAC with the loss while Wayne State improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in conference action.
Ferris State continues its two-game homestand by taking on the Northwood Timberwolves Saturday, Oct. 25, at Top Taggart Field. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. (EDT) and the school's 1968 undefeated team will celebrate its 40th reunion as part of the day's activities.