Bell Runs Past The Bulldogs In GLIAC Action

FSU quarterback Robert Banaszak attempts to pass in Saturday's game (Photo by Sandy Gholston)
FSU quarterback Robert Banaszak attempts to pass in Saturday's game (Photo by Sandy Gholston)

Detroit, Mich. - Wayne State running back Joique Bell proved to be too much for the Ferris State University football team as the Warriors rolled to a 45-7 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) victory on Saturday (Oct. 17) afternoon at Adams Field in Detroit, Mich.

Bell ran for 263 yards on 34 carries and scored six touchdowns to lead Wayne State to its first home field win over the Bulldogs since 1990, which snapped a seven-game Bulldog series' winning streak in the Motor City.

The Warriors drove 65 yards in 11 plays on the first possession of the game to find paydirt as Bell scored from 13 yards away with 9:20 to go in the first period.

Wayne State struck again with 3:28 left in the opening quarter as Bell scored from 19 yards out after an 82-yard drive to make it 14-0 in favor of the Warriors.

WSU then took advantage of a costly Bulldog fumble and Bell rambled in from the one-yard line with 22 seconds left in the first frame to make it 21-0 after one quarter.

The Warriors tacked on another touchdown run from Bell early in the second quarter from one yard away to give WSU a 28-0 advantage following a 58-yard drive.

Ferris' only points of the day came with 4:23 to go in the first half on a four-yard scoring pass from senior quarterback Kyle Parrish to senior receiver Chris Wilson.  The short 33-yard march came on the heels' of a Bell fumble.

WSU added a field goal on the final play of the opening half as Anthony Morasso connected from 44-yards way to give the Warriors a 31-7 edge at intermission.

Wayne State added two more touchdowns from Bell in the second half.  His first came with 13:10 left in the third on a 33-yard run with the second wrapping up the scoring with only 13:58 remaining on a five-yard run.

The Warriors rolled up 30 first downs and 510 total yards on 72 plays with 398 yards coming on the ground on 58 carries.

FSU finished with 100 total yards and seven first downs as the Bulldogs were limited to -45 yards rushing on 28 attempts as WSU netted 10 quarterback sacks for 95 yards.

Tyler Thomas paced the Bulldogs offensively with 60 rushing yards while Parrish was seven-of-12 in the air for 85 yards.  Junior receiver Matt Schuelke caught four passes for 40 yards and Wilson hauled in three catches for 46 yards.

Senior linebacker Matt Ryan paced the Bulldogs defensively with a game-high 20 tackles, including seven solo stops.

Ferris State dropped to 1-7 overall and 0-7 in the GLIAC while WSU improved to 6-2 overall and 5-2 in league play.

The game was halted twice due to a pair of unfortunate injuries.  WSU sophomore safety Jeremy Jones had to be carted from the field in the second quarter after a helmet-to-helmet hit.  Ferris sophomore back David Freeman also had to leave the field in the fourth quarter following a big hit by the Warriors on a fourth down play.  Both players were taken from the field by stretchers in an ambulance as a precautionary measure.

FSU continues its two-game league road swing by visiting the Northwood Timberwolves next Saturday, Oct. 24, for a 12 p.m. (EDT) league tilt in Midland, Mich.