GAME ONE RECAP: FERRIS STATE 14, TIFFIN 12
Bulldogs Notch Narrow Victory In 2008 Season Opener
The Ferris State offense scored two early touchdowns and the Bulldog defense came up with a big stop on a potential game-winning field goal attempt late in the fourth quarter as FSU escaped with a narrow 14-12 victory to open the 2008 campaign and its 100th season of varsity action Saturday (Aug. 30) over the Tiffin Dragons in a non-league tilt at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin, Ohio.
The contest represented the first-ever series' meeting between the two teams.
The Dragons jumped out to an early six-point lead on a 27-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Matt Root to wideout Greg Raspberry with 11:20 to go in the opening frame.
FSU responded with two consecutive touchdowns as redshirt freshman quarterback Tom Schneider scored on a four-yard run with 4:48 to play in the first quarter and then hooked up with redshirt freshman receiver Seth Hubbard for a 14-yard scoring toss to open the second frame with 13:52 to go in the quarter.
From there, the Bulldog defense held Tiffin's offense mostly in check until the Dragons came alive in the fourth quarter. TU pulled within two points with 12:08 remaining as Root found Raspberry again for a 31-yard TD pass.
Then, with just over two minutes to play, the Dragons moved the ball down inside the FSU 20-yard line. However, on fourth down, the Dragons mishandled the snap on a 31-yard field goal attempt and FSU senior linebacker Kevin Noe made the stop to preserve the victory.
The Bulldogs talied 13 first downs and 246 yards offensively with 164 of them coming on the ground. Schneider ran for 91 yards in his collegiate debut while sophomore Tim Hogue added 54 yards rushing.
Schneider was six-of-13 in the air for 73 yards and one interception. Freshman David Freeman caught two passes for 26 yards and Hogue added two grabs for 22 yards.
Meanwhile, the Bulldog defense gave up 17 first downs and 257 total yards. FSU held the Dragons to minus three yards rushing on 21 attempts, but Root threw for 260 yards on 28-of-51 pass attempts. Raspberry hauled in eight catches for 108 yards and two scores.
Defensively, Noe came up with nine tackles while Jordan Moore had seven stops for FSU. Parris Burt led the Dragons with 17 total tackles and Joe Crawford chipped in with 11 tackles.
The Bulldogs also forced two fumbles and picked off Root once in the contest.
Ferris opens Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play by visiting nationally-ranked Ashland next Saturday, Sept. 6, for a 1 p.m. (EST) tilt in AU's Community Stadium at Ashland, Ohio.