GAME THREE RECAP: FERRIS STATE 14, FINDLAY 0
FSU Pitches Shutout In 2008 Home Opener
The Ferris State University football team pitched a shutout and redshirt freshman quarterback Tom Schneider ran for two first-half scores as the Bulldogs topped Findlay in a battle of unbeaten teams by a 14-0 count Saturday (Sept. 13) evening at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.
The victory came in the 2008 home opener for the Bulldogs, who improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in GLIAC action this season with the win before a Community Health Care Night crowd of 2,773 fans that braved rainy and drizzly conditions throughout the game. The Oilers dropped to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC with their first loss of the year.
With the win, the Bulldogs are now one of only two undefeated teams in GLIAC play along with archrival Grand Valley State. Ferris will take on the Lakers next Saturday (Sept. 20) night at GVSU's Lubbers Stadium in Allendale as the two unbeaten squads square off in the the annual Anchor-Bone Classic starting at 7 p.m. (EDT).
The shutout win was FSU's first in a 71-game stretch since recording a 35-0 triumph at home over Michigan Tech in 2001. Ferris’ win over Findlay also gave the Bulldogs only their second 3-0 start in the last 12 years along with the 2006 campaign. Prior to 2006, FSU hadn’t won three in a row since the 1996 campaign.
Ferris scored on its opening drive of the contest after limiting the Oilers to only 14 yards on the first possession of the contest. The Bulldogs moved 76 yards in 12 plays before Schneider capped the march with a 10-yard scoring run.
The Bulldogs added a three-yard TD run from Schneider with 3:53 left in the first half following a 15-play drive covering 71 yards to take a 14-0 halftime advantage. That score held up the rest of the way as the Oilers did not manage to get inside Ferris' 35-yard line in the final half.
Defensively, the Bulldogs allowed only 12 first downs and 195 offensive yards. The Oilers totaled only 69 rushing yards on 26 carries and quarterback Anthony Lanzara was 17-of-32 in the air for 126 yards.
Meanwhile, the Bulldogs racked up 19 first downs and 328 total yards with 292 coming on the ground off 61 rushing attempts. Schneider led the way with 119 yards on 26 carries while sophomore slot Tim Hogue netted 117 yards on 18 carries for the Bulldogs. In the air, Schneider was five-of-11 for 36 yards with Hogue grabbing a team-best three receptions for 18 yards.
Melvin Jackson led the Oiler ground attack with 47 yards on 16 carries and Mike Chambers caught seven passes for 57 yards.
Senior middle linebacker Kevin Noe paced Ferris with 12 tackles, including seven solo stops. Fellow senior linebacker Jeff Hollandsworth added eight tackles and senior linebacker Jordan Moore finished with six tackles, including three stops for loss and one quarterback sack in addition to a pass breakup and a QB hurry.
Joe Knopick finished with a game-high 20 tackles for the Oilers and 10 came on solo hits. Jesse Kontras chipped in with 11 stops and Justin Lyons recorded 10 tackles.
Despite the weather, the two teams nearly played an error-free contest. The Bulldogs did fumble the ball three times, but lost only one of them to the Oilers. Findlay had no fumbles and neither team threw an interception.
The Bulldogs were seven-of-16 on third down tries and a perfect two-of-two on fourth down attempts. The Oilers were five-of-15 on third down conversions and 0-of-2 on fourth down. FSU finished two-of-three in the red zone while Findlay never made it inside the Bulldogs' 20-yard line during the game.