Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team put together a complete performance in a dominating 48-13 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road win over the Tiffin Dragons on Saturday (Sept. 24) afternoon at Frost-Kalnow Stadium in Tiffin, Ohio.
The Bulldogs improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in GLIAC action with the victory while the Dragons remained winless at 0-4 overall and 0-3 in league action. The win was the second-straight for FSU.
Tiffin struck first as quarterback James Capello engineered a 86-yard scoring drive in the first quarter to give TU a 7-0 advantage at 8:01 of the first period on a 11-yard TD pass, which finished an 86-yard Dragon drive.
From that point forward, though, the Bulldogs took control.
FSU marched 59 yards in 13 plays to score on a 37-yard field goal from freshman kicker Victor Bodrie (Northville) to cut the deficit to 7-3 with 3:11 to play in the first. Then, after holding the Dragons on three plays, FSU junior defensive end Cody Groulx (Montrose/Hill McCloy) blocked a Tiffin punt and recovered it in the endzone to give FSU a 10-7 advantage after one period.
The Bulldogs increased their lead to 31-7 at halftime by scoring three times in the second period. Redshirt freshman back Jamaal Jackson (St. Joseph) notched his first collegiate TD on a 18-yard pass from senior quarterback Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison) with 10:42 to go in the half.
FSU added a 50-yard scoring pass from Schneider to senior back Dwayne Williams (Saginaw/Heritage) with 7:47 to play in the period to make it a 24-7 lead. Finally, junior Skyler Stoker (Jackson/Grass Lake) ran 20 yards to paydirt with only four minutes to play in the frame to account for the halftime score.
In the third period, FSU added two more touchdowns with the first coming on an 18-yard strike from Schneider to senior receiver Mike Ryan (Howell). Jackson added a five-yard TD run with 2:20 to go in the third to make it 45-7 after three frames.
FSU tacked on a 23-yard field goal from Bodrie with 2:16 left in the contest before the Dragons closed out the scoring with a 45-yard scoring pass from Capello to Brendton Williams with only 1:26 left in the game.
Ferris State racked up 446 yards of total offense to only 207 for the Dragons and limited TU to only 32 rushing yards on 21 carries.
Schneider threw for 175 yards and three scores on 14-of-19 passing for the Bulldogs with Stoker running for a game-high 98 yards on 12 attempts. Williams caught four balls for 59 yards in pacing the FSU receivers while Ryan had three grabs for 37 yards.
Capello completed 16-of-25 passes for 175 yards for the Dragons, but was intercepted twice and sacked twice by the Bulldog defense.
Junior linebacker Tayo Moss (South Rockwood/Monroe St. Mary's) paced the Bulldog defense with seven total tackles while fellow junior linebackers Mike Elias (Ann Arbor/Huron) and Alex Brajak (Munster, Ind.) both had six stops apiece.
Ferris State returns home to host Lake Erie on Saturday, Oct. 1, at FSU's Top Taggart Field. Kickoff for the Hall of Fame Game is set for 7 p.m. (ET) and a world record attempt will take place before the game as FSU tries to loft 2,500 pink discs thru the air at one time as part of the Paint Big Rapids Pink initiative in support of breast health awareness month.
Bulldog Bites: FSU rolled up 23 first downs to nine for the Dragons ..... Ferris State improved to 4-0 all-time versus Tiffin and the win was the Bulldogs' second-ever victory at Frost-Kalnow Stadium ...... The Bulldogs were six-of-eight in the red zone for the contest ...... Ferris held the Dragons to a two-of-12 showing on third down ..... Eight different Bulldog players carried the football in the contest.