October 13, 2009

Football Game Notes: Wayne State (Oct. 17)

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* This Week: The Ferris State University football team hits the road to face the Wayne State Warriors this Saturday, Oct. 17, at WSU’s Adams Field in Detroit, Mich. The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game will kick off at 12 p.m. (EDT).

* Ticket Information: Tickets for Saturday’s game will be available at the stadium on gameday or can be obtained by calling the WSU Ticket Office at (313) 993-4347.

* Media Coverage: Saturday’s game will be carried live locally by WYBR (102.3 FM) with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. A live video and audio webcast will be available through B2 Networks for a charge of $7 on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (Click on B2 Networks icon). Live internet statistics and live game audio will also be available.

* Follow On Twitter: In addition to radio and internet coverage, Bulldog fans can also follow Saturday’s contest and all other FSU games this year with live scoring via Twitter. Please visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.

* Last Time Out: Homecoming turned out bittersweet for the injury-riddled Bulldogs last Saturday (Oct. 10) afternoon as FSU dropped a 34-7 GLIAC football decision to the visiting Indianapolis Greyhounds at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids. The Greyhounds limited the Bulldogs to only 31 rushing yards on 25 carries and totaled 220 yards on their own on the ground in the victory. Indianapolis jumped out to a 20-0 halftime edge and led 34-0 after three quarters before a crowd of 2,676 fans. Ferris finally found the endzone for the first time in almost 12 quarters dating back to a 17-10 league home loss to nationally top-ranked Grand Valley State (Sept. 19) when senior quarterback Kyle Parrish (Garden Grove, Calif./Santiago) hooked up with senior wide receiver Chris Wilson (Hingsville, Ga./Long County) for a 20-yard TD pass with 12:01 left in the game. The Bulldog scoring drive covered 62 yards.

* A Look At WSU: The Warriors are currently ranked sixth in the NCAA Division II Super Region Three Rankings. They are also receiving votes in the national poll and had won four-straight outings prior to their league setback at Northern Michigan last Saturday. Senior back Joique Bell keys the WSU offense with a league-high 1,268 rushing yards (181.1 ypg.) and 18 TD’s (16.3 ppg.), ranking second nationally in both categories.

* Coming Up Next: The Bulldogs continue their two-game league road swing by visiting the Northwood Timberwolves Saturday, Oct. 24, for a 12 p.m. (EDT) league contest at Hantz Stadium in Midland, Mich.

* The Records: Ferris State (1-6, 0-6 GLIAC) is currently midst a six-game losing streak. FSU owns a current 0-2 road mark this season. Ferris registered a 6-5-0 overall record in 2008 and placed seventh in the GLIAC with a 5-5 mark. The Bulldogs were 3-2 at home and 3-3 on the road a season ago. Wayne State is presently 5-2 overall and 4-2 in GLIAC play after Saturday’s (Oct. 10) 45-20 league road setback at Northern Michigan. The Warriors are 3-1 at home this campaign. WSU recorded a 8-3 overall mark in 2008 and placed tied for third in the league with a 7-3 conference record.

* The Coaches: Ferris State – Jeff Pierce (Ferris State, 1979), 15th season, 91-70-0 (.565) – (9-3-0 vs. WSU). Pierce is 45-37 (.549) overall in road contests at FSU and he owns a 32-28-0 (.533) record in October contests to date. Pierce, who played at Ferris (defensive back) from 1974-77, is the 12th head coach in Ferris State’s history.  Wayne State – Paul Winters (Akron, 1980), 6th season, 26-34-0 (.433) – (1-2-0 vs. Ferris State). Winters was named Wayne State’s 19th coach in 2003 after spending the previous nine years at NCAA-I Akron. He ranks as Akron’s seventh all-time leading rusher and was named the Akron’s Athlete of the Year in 1980. He was inducted into UA’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.

* Series Information: Ferris State leads the all-time series' by a 24-21-0 count heading into Saturday's matchup at Detroit.

* Ferris State has won 12 of the last 15 meetings, which includes seven of the last nine outings to date.

* 22 of the 45 games have been determined by at least 15 points and Ferris is 12-10-0 (.545) in those contests – (4-5-0 home & 8-5-0 away).

* Eight of the last 11 encounters between the two teams have been decided by 13 points or more.

* In the last eight meetings, Ferris State is averaging 29.9 points per game (239 pts.) compared to Wayne State’s 22.3 points a contest (178 pts.) for a +7.6 points difference.

* Ferris State is 10-7-0 in contests decided by 10 points or less (7-3-0 home and 3-4-0 away) and 15-13-0 in games decided between 11 or more points (4-6-0 home and 11-7-0 away).

* Ferris State has won seven consecutive road games at Wayne State and is averaging 32.4 points a game (227 pts.) in those contests while the Warriors have scored at a 12.4 points per contest clip (87 pts.).

* No Touchdowns: Wayne State has not scored an offensive touchdown against the Bulldogs in the last two seasons. In 2007 (11/10), WSU’s only points in a 17-13 home loss to FSU in Detroit came on two field goals and a 20-yard interception return for a score. Last year (10/18/08), the Warriors beat FSU 19-0 in Big Rapids on four field goals from kicker David Chudzinski and an 86-yard interception return for a score.

* Bulldog Bites: Senior quarterback Kyle Parrish needs 53 yards to top 1,000 passing yards for the season ..... Senior linebacker Matt Ryan (Howell) has a team-high 63 tackles this season after entering the year with only 10 career stops ..... FSU head coach Jeff Pierce owns a current 9-3 career mark against Wayne State. The three losses are the fewest versus any current GLIAC school he has faced more than twice.

* Quartet Leads The Way: The linebacking quartet of Matt Ryan, senior Nick Butler (Midland), senior Chad Schoen (Woodhaven/Gibraltar Carlson) and junior Kyle Fitzaptrick (Vestaburg) have combined for 211 total tackles or 38% of the squad’s 551 stops to date this season. All four are among the team’s top five tacklers this season.

* The Final Five: Last Saturday’s contest against Indianapolis was the first of FSU’s final five games this season. Ferris has registered a 61-34-1 (.641) record in its final five regular-season contests per season since 1990. The Bulldogs posted a 2-3 overall record in 2008 after previously compiling a 3-2 such record in the last five games of the 2007 campaign. FSU posted a 4-1 mark over the final five games of the 2006 season.

* Good Month: The Bulldogs have compiled a 51-29-1 (.630) record in October contests since 1990. FSU is 26-17-0 (.605) on the road and 24-13-1 (.645) at home during that span in the month of October.

* Topping The Mark: FSU senior linebacker Matt Ryan has established new career personal marks each of the last two weeks as he totaled 12 tackles against Michigan Tech in the “Battle At The Ballpark” (Oct. 3) and followed it up with a career-best 16 stops against Indianapolis last Saturday. His 16 total tackles were the most registered by a Bulldog player since former All-American Jake Visser tallied 16 hits at Grand Valley State (10/27/07).

* Player of Game: Bulldog senior safety Santino Favot (South Lyon) was honored as FSU’s Babb Ford Bulldog Player of the Game for his showing versus Indianapolis, which included a career-high 11 tackles. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and picked off a pass that was returned for 21 yards in the game.

* Parrish On The List: FSU senior quarterback Kyle Parrish currently is listed in 14th place on the school’s all-time passing chart. Parrish currently has thrown for 1,858 yards in his two-year career. He’s twice thrown for more than 300 yards in a game, including a personal career-high 404 yards in last year’s win (10/11/08) at Indianapolis. Parrish finished only eight completions and nine attempts shy of tying school records by connecting on 29-of-55 passes in the Bulldogs’ most recent road game at Northern Michigan (9/26/09).

* On Single Season List: Ferris sophomore placekicker Shawn Snoor (Diamondale/Holt) moved into a tie for 19th place on the school’s single-season made field goal list by booting two field goals at the “Battle At The Ballpark” (Oct. 3). Snoor currently has converted six of his seven tries this season, including a career-long 45-yarder in FSU’s home game versus then top-ranked Grand Valley State (Sept. 19). With one more make, he would climb into a tie for 14th place on the seasonal chart.

* Number Eight: Saturday’s game will be FSU’s eighth of the season. The Bulldogs own a current 13-6 record in game eight of a campaign dating back to the 1990 campaign.

* New Faces: Ferris last visited Wayne State in the regular-season finale two years ago (11/10/07) and only a handful of players who played in that game are back for FSU. The Bulldogs return no players who recorded offensive or special teams statistics in that contest and only a total of four tackles are back on the defensive side for FSU from that game.

* Last Visit To WSU In 2007: Ferris State sent its 2007 senior class off in style as the Bulldogs pulled out a hard-fought 17-13 triumph over Wayne State in its last visit to the Motor City during the regular-season finale two years ago (11/10/07). Senior QB C.J. Van Wieren ran for a game-high 130 yards on the ground and scored the winning touchdown on a six-yard run with only 5:59 remaining. The Bulldogs limited WSU’s powerful rushing attack to only 113 yards on the ground and 219 total yards. The Warriors did not score an offensive touchdown in the game as their 13 points came on two made field goals from David Chudzinski and a 20-yard interception return for a score by Stan Thornton, which gave the hosts a 13-10 lead with 13:38 to play before Van Wieren drove the Bulldogs 57 yards in nine plays for the game-winning score. WSU managed to keep the game close by forcing four FSU turnovers, including three interceptions. The win was Ferris’ seventh-straight victory over the Warriors in Motown.

* One Home Game Left: The Bulldogs have only one home game left at FSU’s Top Taggart Field this year. FSU entertains the Hillsdale Chargers in its final home contest on Saturday, Oct. 31, with the league kickoff set for 2 p.m. (ET). The game represents Ferris’ annual Senior Day contest and will also serve as the school’s 2009 Hall of Fame Game.

* Freshman Among Leaders: FSU freshman punter Mitchell Voss (Valparaiso, Ind./Wheeler) currently leads the GLIAC in punting average (40.1 avg.) and now ranks 22nd nationally this campaign. He booted a career-long 69-yard punt against Michigan Tech two weeks ago (Oct. 3).

* League Stat Notebook: FSU ranks first among the GLIAC’s leaders to date in pass defense this season (143.6 ypg.) and 13th nationally ...... Ferris is also listed third in kickoff coverage (40.8 avg.) on the conference level ........ The Bulldogs have given the opponents only four fourth-down conversion in 13 tries this year (30.8%), which is fourth in the conference ...... Senior cornerback Angelo Williams (Jackson) comes in tied for sixth among the league leaders in passes defended (1.00 breakups per game) ...... Bulldog senior middle linebacker Nick Butler currently ranks sixth among the GLIAC leaders in tackles (9.1 tpg.) while fellow senior linebacker Matt Ryan is seventh (9.0 tpg.) ...... Sophomore Shawn Snoor is listed sixth in field goals (6-7) ....... Senior Kyle Parrish ranks eighth in passing (135.3 ypg.) and 10th in total offense (146.9 ypg.).

* In The Red Zone: To date this year, the Bulldogs have converted 13-of-18 times (.722) inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. FSU has scored eight touchdowns and made five field goals in its scoring trips to the red zone.

* Scoring At Home: Ferris redshirt freshman back Tyler Thomas (Jackson) had scored a touchdown in all three of FSU’s previous home contests this campaign prior to the Indianapolis loss. He ran for a 18-yard TD in the season opener versus Tiffin (Aug. 29) and found paydirt from two yards out against Ashland (Sept. 5) before scoring from two yards away versus Grand Valley State (Sept. 19).

* The 101st Season: The 2009 campaign represents the Bulldogs’ 101st season of varsity competition. The program actually began in 1900, but no football was played in 1908-09, 1917-18, 1932 and from 1942-45 for various reasons. Additionally, no scores are available from either the 1912 or 1916 seasons. FSU has an all-time record of 367-414-40 (.471).

* Scoring Trends: The Bulldogs have been outscored 80-7 in the first quarter of games to date this season and also trail 39-14 in points scored during the final period. FSU trails 53-38 in quarter two and 52-28 in third period scoring.

* Keep An Eye On: Bulldog senior cornerback Angelo Williams was among 13 GLIAC players listed as “Others To Watch” in the 2009 D2 Football Preview Magazine published by d2football.com. The first-year magazine included 11 players each named to both the first-team preseason all-conference offensive and defensive teams in addition to three specialists and those listed in the others to watch category.

* Season For Firsts: The Bulldogs had 23 players make their first game appearance in a FSU uniform during the season-opener against Tiffin (Aug. 29). The total included five true freshmen ....... Nine different players started their first games in a Bulldog uniform against Tiffin in week one. The total included five on the defensive side of the ball and four on offense ...... FSU’s initial road trip this season to Findlay (Sept. 12) featured 28 players making their first-ever appearance on the team’s travel roster.

* Good Streak: The Bulldogs have presently emerged victorious in eight of their last 10 games determined by a touchdown or less dating back to a thrilling 44-41 league home win (9/22/07) over Hillsdale. FSU had won seven-straight such contests prior to its recent home loss to Grand Valley State (Sept. 19).

* Team Captains: FSU’s team captains for the 2009 campaign are senior right tackle Brad Bammert (Flushing) and senior quarterback Kyle Parrish on the offensive side along with senior middle linebacker Nick Butler (Midland) and senior safety Chad Wilson (Howell) on the defensive side.

* Game Day Promotions: Ferris will have special game day promotions for each of its five home contests this season at Top Taggart Field. Community Football Day was held in conjunction with FSU's first home tilt versus Tiffin (Aug. 29) and the annual Fireworks Night and Riverdays Festival coincided with game two against Ashland (Sept. 5). The second annual Blues & BBQ pregame party took place prior to the Anchor-Bone Classic matchup against Grand Valley State (Sept. 19). Homecoming took place last Saturday (Oct. 10) when the Bulldogs hosted Indianapolis. Finally, the 10th annual Hall of Fame Game will take place Oct. 31 during FSU's regular-season home finale against Hillsdale and it will also mark the annual Senior Day game. Visit the FSU website for more information on game promotions.

* National Honoree: The Ferris State University football program can now boast of having the nation's top scholar-athlete from any sport at the NCAA Division II level for the second time in the last three years. Former Bulldog All-American Jake Visser (Coopersville), who concluded his eligibility as a standout defensive tackle for the Bulldogs last fall, was recently chosen as the male recipient of the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (CCA) 2008-09 National "Scholar-Athlete of the Year" Award as voted by the D-II Commissioners organization. Visser previously was hoored as the male recipient of the GLIAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for the 2008-09 athletics season and was also chosen as the Midwest Region winner of the Division II award before advancing to the national ballot. He becomes the second Ferris football player in the last three years to attain the Division II CCA National "Scholar-Athlete of the Year" honor following former linebacker Mike Klobucher, who was recognized as the recipient of the same honor for the 2006-07 season. The 6-2 Visser signed a free agent contract and took part in camp this summer with the NFL’s Houston Texans after being a first-team All-American both on the field and in the classroom for the Bulldogs last year.

* Bulldog Gameday:
Complete information on every Bulldog home and road contest this year can be found by visiting the Bulldog Gameday page on the FSU Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com (click on football and then Bulldog Gameday).  The Gameday information, which will be updated several days prior to each game, includes links to all pertinent notes and statistics for both teams as well as links for the respective broadcast and internet media coverage available for the contest.

* Yearbook Available Online:
The 2009 Ferris State University Football Yearbook is available to view online in a PDF format. The 68-page publication features such information as 2009 player rosters, season outlook, player biographies, coaching staff information, 2008 season statistics, career and season statistical records, series records, game records, etc.  Visit the FSU athletics website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com to find the publication online.

* Follow The Bulldogs:
Bulldog fans now have the ability to catch Ferris State in action even when they can't be at the stadium.  A live video and audio webcast is slated to be offered for all 2009 Bulldog home football games via an agreement with B2 Networks.  In addition, selected road games at B2 partner schools will also be available.  For more information, visit the FSU Athletics Website (www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com) and click on the B2 broadcast icon.

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