Ferris State Claims Division II Defense Of The Week Honors

Ferris State Claims Division II Defense Of The Week Honors

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team continues to receive recognition for its efforts in beating nationally third-ranked rival Grand Valley State to claim the Anchor-Bone Trophy last Saturday (Oct. 6) night in Allendale.

The Bulldogs' defensive unit was tabbed as this week's Division II Defense of the Week by the Beyond Sports Network for their efforts against GVSU.  Ferris State held the Lakers' potent offense scoreless in the second half and allowed only seven points after an early 17-0 deficit aided by two turnovers and a short punt.

FSU gave up 363 yards to the Lakers and came up with a key interception in the fourth quarter to preserve the victory.  Three of the Lakers' four scoring drives in the first half were for 43 yards or less.

The Bulldogs' defensive efforts helped Ferris State outscore GVSU 40-7 after the opening quarter en route to beating the Lakers for the first time since 1999.

This week, the Bulldogs will try to slow down another explosive offense as the Hillsdale Chargers visit Top Taggart Field for the homecoming matchup on Saturday (Oct. 13) at 2 p.m. (ET).  Hillsdale is ranked 25th this week in the D2football.com National Poll.

FSU is expecting a large crowd for the debut homecoming game under first-year head coach Tony Annese following the impressive win over Grand Valley State.  The Chargers are guided by former Bulldog head coach Keith Otterbein.  Both teams own identical 4-2 overall records.

In an effort to accommodate those wishing to purchase tickets, the ticket office inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex will remain open three hours later than normal on Friday (Oct. 12) night until 8 p.m. (ET).  Additionally, the gameday ticket office located at Top Taggart Field will open earlier than usual on Saturday at 10 a.m. (ET).

Tickets for Saturday's game are currently on sale and can be obtained by contacting the FSU Athletics Ticket Office at (231) 591-2888. They can also be bought online at www.startickets.com. The FSU Athletics Ticket Office will be open inside the Ewigleben Sports Complex today thru Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) along with Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).  Fans can save $2 per ticket by purchasing in advance.  

Football tickets in advance are only $7 adults or $5 students (age 3 to 12th grade), senior citizens (ages 65+) and FSU faculty/staff. Prices go up to $9 for adults and $7 for students ages 3 to 12th grade, senior citizens and faculty/staff on gameday.  Ferris students with ID will be admitted free by showing their student identification cards.

As part of the homecoming events, all fans are encouraged to wear red in an effort to "red out" Top Taggart Field.  Tailgating will be permitted starting on Saturday at 10 a.m. (ET).  The gates to the stadium open 90 minutes prior to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. (ET).

The Bulldog "Player Parade" will take place at 12:30 with a pregame tailgate concert starting at 12:45 p.m. (ET).

The FSU-Hillsdale football game will be broadcast live locally by the Bulldog Sports Network and Sunny 97.3 FM with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties and Sandy Gholston offering color commentary.  A live video and audio webcast complete with internet statistics will be available through FSU's all-access video portal for a charge of $7.95 on FSU's Athletics Website at www.FerrisStateBulldogs.com.

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