Football Game Notes: Lake Erie (Oct. 2)
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* This Week: The Ferris State University football team hits the road again to face the Lake Erie Storm in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play this Saturday, Oct. 2, at Jack Britt Memorial Stadium in Painesville, Ohio. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. (EDT).
* Ticket Information: Tickets will be available at the gate or for more information, please contact the Lake Erie Athletics Department at (440) 375-7469.
* Media Coverage: Saturday's game will be carried live locally by WYBR (102.3 FM) with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties for the game and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary. It will also be streamed live online along with live internet statistics. Links for all available media can be found by clicking on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab on FSU's Athletics Website at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com.
* 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 Twitter scoring updates. Visit www.twitter.com/ferrisathletics to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates.
* Three In A Row: Ferris State scored seven offensive touchdowns and rolled up 479 yards of total offense in winning its third consecutive contest to remain unbeaten in GLIAC football play with a 52-28 victory over the Tiffin Dragons on Saturday (Sept. 25) night at FSU's Top Taggart Field. The Bulldogs held a narrow 21-18 halftime lead before breaking the contest open with 31 points in the final half, including 24 points in the fourth quarter.
* Coming Up Next: Ferris returns home for "Homecoming" as the Bulldogs host the Findlay Oilers next Saturday (Oct. 9) at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids. The league game is set for a 2 p.m. (ET) kickoff.
* First Meeting: Ferris and Lake Erie will meet for the first-time ever on Saturday afternoon. The Storm currently own an 0-4 overall record and are 0-3 to date in the GLIAC after last Saturday's (Sept. 25) narrow 42-37 league setback at nationally-ranked Hillsdale. Mark McNellie is in his fourth season as the program's only head coach and directed the Storm to a 7-4 record in only its second season of varsity competition in 2009. The program its first season as a club team in '08.
* Big Win Streak: Ferris' current three-game winning streak is its longest since winning the opening three contests of the 2008 campaign en route to a 6-5 overall record. FSU presently remains tied with Grand Valley State, Northern Michigan and Michigan Tech atop the GLIAC standings with all three teams unbeaten (3-0) in league play.
* The Records: Ferris State is presently 3-1
overall and 3-0 in the GLIAC after posting a 1-10 overall mark in
2009, including an 0-10 league record. Ferris previously
registered a 6-5-0 overall record in 2008 and placed seventh in the
GLIAC with a 5-5 mark.
Lake Erie (0-4, 0-3 GLIAC) dropped a narrow 42-37 conference road setback at nationally 12th-ranked Hillsdale last Saturday (Sept. 25). The Storm posted a 7-4 overall record as a Division II independent in 2009.
* The Coaches: Ferris State – Jeff Pierce (Ferris State, 1979), 16th season, 94-75-0 (.556) – (0-0-0 vs. LEC). Pierce is 46-41 (.529) overall in road contests at FSU and he owns a 32-31-0 (.508) 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.
Lake Erie – Mark McNellie (Baldwin-Wallace, 1988), 5th season, 10-15-0 (.000) - (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State). McNellie became the program's first head coach prior to the 2007 season in which LEC posted a 7-2 mark as a club team. They began varsity action in '08. Previously, he spent 17 years as an assistant at Mercyhurst along with two at Fairmont State (W.Va.). He played collegiately at Baldwin-Wallace.
* The 102nd Season: The 2010 campaign represents the Bulldogs' 102nd 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. Ferris has posted an all-time record of 370-419-40 (.470) to date.
* Offensive Output: FSU's 52-point scoring output versus Tiffin was its highest production since a 62-42 home win over Northern Michigan in 2005. It marked only the second time in the last five years the Bulldogs have scored 45 points or more in a game. Ferris scored seven offensive touchdowns and rolled up 479 yards of total offense.
* Three In A Row: Ferris' three consecutive victories to date represent the Bulldogs' first three-game win streak since winning their opening three games to start the 2008 season against three Ohio schools in Tiffin, Ashland and Findlay. FSU is currently midst a stretch of four-straight games versus schools from the Buckeye state.
* The Century Mark: Sophomore back Skyler Stoker (Jackson/Grass Lake) paced the Bulldogs' ground game by running for 106 yards on 12 carries versus Tiffin. It marked his first 100-plus yard performance of his young career after garnering 2,255 yards and 42 touchdowns rushing as a prep senior two years ago.
* Team Captains: FSU's team captains for the
2010 campaign are senior right guard Scott Shattuck (Lowell/Ionia) and junior quarterback Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison) on the offensive side of
the ball along with senior safety Chad Wilson
(Howell), senior linebacker Matt Ryan (Howell) and
senior defensive tackle Jacob Moreno (Holt).
* Welcome Back: The Bulldogs return a total of 12 starters and more than 40 letterwinners from last season. Six of the starters back are on the offensive side of the ball with five on defense to go with junior kicker Shawn Snoor (Diamondale/Holt).
* Against Ohio Schools: Ferris holds a 31-43 (.419) all-time record against teams from the state of Ohio in school history. The Bulldogs have played 11 schools from the Buckeye state and have fared the best against those teams now competing in the GLIAC. FSU holds a 10-10 mark versus Findlay and is 9-13 overall against Ashland. The Bulldogs also own four wins (4-6) over Ohio Northern, are unbeaten versus Cedarville (2-0) and Tiffin (3-0) and have topped both Wilmington and Ohio Dominican along with Defiance once each in the program's history. Ferris' worst mark has come against Central State, which owns a 7-0 record against the Bulldogs although the two teams have not met since 1986.
* Run Ferris Run: Ferris State tallied a season-high 337 rushing yards on 42 attempts (8.0 avg.) in the win over Tiffin. The 337 yards mark FSU's highest rushing output since posting 381 yards on 49 carries in a 48-41 overtime home win over Northwood in 2007 (11/3/07).
* Leading The League: FSU senior defensive tackle Jacob Moreno presently leads the GLIAC in sacks with five to date (-26 yards) in four games (1.25 pg.) this season. His efforts have helped the Bulldogs defense record a league-best 15 sacks for -100 yards in four outings. Moreno is also tied for second overall in tackles for loss among the league leaders with seven for -33 yards (1.75 pg.).
* Another GLIAC Leader: Ferris sophomore cornerback Antwian Windmon (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) presently is atop the GLIAC leaders list in passes defended this campaign. Windmon has a total of nine passes defended with seven breakups and two interceptions in four games (2.25 pg.).
* Here's The Offense: The Bulldogs' seven touchdowns against Tiffin was nearly half of their TD total from all of last season when FSU netted only 15 touchdowns in 11 outings. Additionally, in four games to date this season, the Bulldogs have scored a total of 124 points and have already topped their entire scoring total from a year ago when they finished with 122 points over the 11 games. Fifteen of FSU's 17 touchdowns this season have came on the offensive side of the ball with one each from special teams and the Bulldog defensive unit.
* Tiffin Game Notes: A crowd of 2,657 fans were on hand for the "Kids Night" contest with a number of special activites for youth ..... The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 all-time versus Tiffin with the win in the first-ever conference clash between the two schools ...... It marked the second year in a row the Bulldogs have topped the Dragons in Big Rapids ....... Ferris was a perfect six-of-six in the red zone ..... Junior quarterback Tom Schneider was tabbed as the Bulldogs' Babb Ford Player of the Game for his efforts. He completed 13-of-16 passes for 142 yards and four scores. He also added 76 rushing yards on seven carries ...... Senior Matt Ryan led the FSU defense with a game-high 12 tackles, including a tackle for loss .... Jacob Moreno finished with three TFL and two quarterback sacks as the Bulldogs sacked TU five times and totaled 10 TFL.
* Good Numbers In Game Five: Saturday's visit to Lake Erie will mark FSU's fifth game of the 2010 season. The Bulldogs have posted a 15-3-1 overall record in game five of a campaign dating back to 1990. One of the setbacks came last year when the Bulldogs suffered a 34-0 setback at Northern Michigan (Sept. 26) in Marquette's Superior Dome. Ferris State has had more success in game five than any other week going back to 1990.
* Big Offensive Numbers: The Bulldogs have rolled up more than 400 yards of total offense in each of the last two games with 412 yards at Ohio Dominican (Sept. 18) and 479 yards versus Tiffin (Sept. 25). It represents the first time the Bulldogs have totaled 400 or more yards in back-to-back games since posting 412 yards and 420 yards at home in 2007 versus Hillsdale (9/22) and Northern Michigan (9/29), respectively.
* No Running: The Bulldogs have allowed only 284 total rushing yards in four contests or an average of 71 yards per game after holding Tiffin to 74 yards on 29 attempts. Last season, the Bulldogs allowed 253.5 yards per game on average rushing. FSU ranks first in the league to date this season in rushing defense after four games.
* Sack Opposites: Ferris' defense leads the GLIAC with 15 sacks this season in four games. Conversely, the Bulldogs are also tied for second overall in the league as they've allowed only three sacks to date this season.
* National Rankings: Ferris State presently ranks 10th nationally in sacks (3.75 pg.), among the NCAA Division II leaders (as of Sept. 28). FSU is also tied for 10th in sacks allowed (.75 pg.) and 11th in rushing defense (71.0 ypg.). Senior DT Jacob Moreno is tied for seventh nationally in total sacks (1.25 pg.).
* Piling Up The Yardage: Ferris' 449 yards of total offense in last Saturday's win over Tiffin was its most since registering 550 yards in a 31-24 victory at Indianapolis in 2008 (10/11). It also marked the second consecutive week the Bulldogs have tallied 400 or more yards of total offense as FSU managed 412 yards in its road win at Ohio Dominican two weeks ago (Sept. 18).
* First Of Two: Ferris' trip to Ohio Dominican (Sept. 18) two weeks ago was the first of two long trips the Bulldogs make to the state of Ohio to face new GLIAC schools as FSU also ventures to Painesville this week to meet Lake Erie (Oct. 2). The game began a stretch of four consecutive contests overall versus GLIAC schools from the state of Ohio - ODU, Tiffin, Lake Erie and Findlay, which is FSU's homecoming opponent next week (Oct. 9).
* Good Streak: Following FSU's recent win over Ohio Dominican (Sept. 18), the Bulldogs have now presently emerged victorious in 10 of their last 12 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 home loss last year to nationally top-ranked Grand Valley State (9/19/09). Two of the victories have came in the last three weeks versus Saginaw Valley State and Ohio Dominican.
* Good At Close Calls: Two of FSU's victories this season have been decided by seven points or less. In 2008, five of Ferris' six wins were also decided by seven points or less. The Bulldogs scored the go-ahead TD in the final 37 seconds of four of those contests - at Ashland (Sept. 6), vs. Northern Michigan (Sept. 27), at Indianapolis (Oct. 11) and vs. Northwood (Oct. 25). Seven of FSU's 10 outings in '08 were determined by 14 points or less and the Bulldogs finished 6-1 in those contests. Ferris was 5-0 in games decided by seven points or less two years ago.
* Two Touchdowns: FSU senior receiver Chris Wilson (Hingsville, Ga./Long County) hauled in four catches for 64 yards against Tiffin this past week with half going for touchdowns as he caught pass scoring receptions covering 27 and 25 yards.
* First TD's For Two: Two Bulldogs scored their first career touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Saturday's win over Tiffin, including senior fullback Leon Curry (Detroit/Warren Fitzgerald) and senior tailback Elijah Johnson (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington). Curry scored from seven yards out with Johnson finding paydirt from two yards away.
* Home Sweet Home: Sophomore running back Tyler Thomas (Jackson) scored his fifth career touchdown in Saturday's win over Tiffin and all five have come at Top Taggart Field. Last year, Thomas scored four TD's in five home games on FSU's Mondo Ecofill artificial-playing surface.
* GLIAC Stats Notes: The Bulldogs are ranked first overall in the GLIAC in total sacks after four games (15) this season ...... Ferris also ranks first in rushing defense (71.0 ypg.) and first in red zone offense (13-15) ......... FSU cornerback Antwian Windmon ranks first in passes defended (2.25 pg.) after four games ....... Senior DT Jacob Moreno leads the GLIAC in sacks (5) and is tied for second in tackles for loss (7) ....... Senior Matt Ryan is tied for third in total tackles (10.0 pg.) ......... Sophomore defensive end Jordan Morgan (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel) is third in sacks (4) and tied for 14th in tackles for loss (5) ....... Junior defensive back William Miles (Stockton, Calif./Tokay) is fourth in passes defended (1.50 pg.) ........ Sophomore defensive end Brad Iskow (Bad Axe) is 10th in sacks (2.5) and 12th in tackles for loss (1.25 pg.) ........ QB Tom Schneider is listed fourth in passing efficiency (146.9), eighth in total offense (204.8 ypg.) and 10th in passing (159.2 ypg.). He also ranks tied for second with nine touchdown passes this year ........ Shawn Snoor is 10th in punting (36.5 avg.).
* More Stats Notes: Ferris senior fullback Leon Curry leads the GLIAC in average yards per rush (9.7 avg.) ...... Junior receiver Damien Miller (Elsie/Ovid-Elsie) is first with 84 total punt return yards this season among the GLIAC leaders ...... As a team, Ferris ranks fourth in the GLIAC in rushing offense (193.5 ypg.) and is second in average yards per rush (5.1) ......... The Bulldogs are also first in the GLIAC with only one pass interception thrown all season ....... FSU is fourth in the league in scoring offense (41.0 avg.) and fifth in total defense (331.8 ypg.) this campaign.
* Still Perfect: Sophomore kicker Catlin Porter (Midland) is perfect on the year as he's made 10-of-10 PAT kicks and his lone field goal of 35 yards versus Tiffin. He saw his first-ever action two weeks ago against Ohio Dominican (Sept. 18). Porter converted seven-of-seven PAT attempts against Tiffin in addition to his first career field goal.
* The "Bulldog Beat" Football Show: A special internet talk show on FSU football will air each week this fall as the "Bulldog Beat" Football Show hits the web airwaves on Thursday nights throughout the season. The talk show, which will be powered by a service called Blog Talk Radio, will be co-hosted by FSU Associate Athletics Communications Director/Football SID Rob Bentley and local journalist Sandy Gholston. The approximate 60 to 90-minute show will take place Thursday evenings starting at 9 p.m. (ET) and can be heard live by visiting: www.blogtalkradio.com/ferrisathletics.
* 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.
* Follow The Bulldogs: A live video and audio webcast is slated to be offered for all 2010 Bulldog home football games and selected road games via an agreement with America One (formerly B2). Visit the FSU Athletics Website (www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com) and click on the B2 icon.
* Yearbook Available Online: The 2010 Ferris State University Football Yearbook is available to view as an online publication. It features 2010 player rosters, season outlook, player biographies, coaching staff information, 2009 season statistics, career and season statistical records, series records, game records, etc. Visit www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com to find it online.