Bulldog Football Heads To The Motor City To Face Defending National Runner-Up
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* This Week: The Ferris State University football team hits the road for the first time in three weeks on Saturday, Oct. 27, to face defending NCAA Division II National Runner-Up Wayne State at Adams Field in Detroit, Mich. Kickoff for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game is set for 12 p.m. (ET).
* Ticket Information: Tickets for the game will be available on gameday at the stadium or for more info, please contact the Wayne State Ticket Office at (313) 577-0241.
* Media Coverage: Saturday's game will be carried 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. The contest will be streamed with live audio at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. WSU will provide live internet statistics along with a pay-per-view video webcast. In addition, it will be televised live by Comcast Xfinity Channel 900 throughout Michigan. Visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com for all links.
* 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 updates on several social media platforms. Visit www.twitter.com/FerrisFootball to follow the tweet-by-tweet coverage with periodic scoring updates or www.facebook.com/FerrisFootball.
* First Meeting Since '09: Saturday's matchup between the Bulldogs and the Warriors will represent the first meeting since 2009 (10/17) when Wayne State posted a decisive 45-7 win over FSU in Detroit. The two teams did not play each other the last two years under the league's scheduling system.
* Facing Ranked Teams: Wayne State is currently 27th in this week's American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II National Poll. FSU has faced one of the nation's toughest schedules to date this year as the Bulldogs have played five ranked teams, including the last four games in a row. Ferris State has recorded two wins in that stretch as the Bulldogs snapped a 13-year losing streak versus then third-ranked Grand Valley State on Oct. 6 and beat 22nd-ranked Michigan Tech for the first time in 10 years last week (Oct. 20) by a 59-46 count at Top Taggart Field.
* Last Road Game: The Bulldogs recorded a 40-24 victory over Grand Valley State in Allendale on Oct. 6 in their most recent road contest before playing at home the last two weeks. The win gave the Bulldogs possession of the Anchor-Bone Trophy for the first time since it was established in 2002. The victory snapped an 11-game series' skid and was FSU's first over the Lakers since 1999.
* The Records: Ferris State is currently 5-3 overall this season and 4-3 in the GLIAC. FSU defeated Michigan Tech for the first time in 10 years last week (Oct. 20) by a 59-46 count at Top Taggart Field. The Bulldogs played their last two games at home as they suffered a narrow 30-20 home setback to nationally-ranked Hillsdale two weeks ago (Oct. 13). Ferris State posted a 6-5 overall mark a season ago.
Wayne State is currently 5-2 overall this season and in league play. The Warriors, who reached the Division II National Championship game a year ago, are coming off a 38-31 league home win over Northern Michigan last Saturday (Oct. 20) at Adams Field. WSU's two losses are to nationally-ranked Ashland and Saginaw Valley State.
* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tony Annese (Alma, 1993), 1st season, 5-3-0 (.625) – (0-0-0 vs. WSU). Annese recorded a 195-41 (.826) mark as a head coach in four stops at the high school level before totaling a 30-4 (.882) record in three years as the head coach at Grand Rapids Community College. His overall career mark is 230-48 (.827) to date and includes three prep state championships and two national JUCO crowns.
Wayne State – Paul Winters (Akron, 1980), 9th season, 53-45-0 (.541) – (2-2-0 vs. Ferris State). Winters was named Wayne State's 19th coach in 2003 after spending the previous nine years at NCAA-I Akron. He claimed AFCA National Coach of the Year accolades in 2011. Winters was named as Akron's Athlete of the Year in 1980 and inducted into UA's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1990.
* The 104th Season: The 2012 campaign represents the Bulldogs' 104th 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 383-432-40 (.471) to date.
* Among Nation's Best: The Bulldogs are currently fifth this week in the nation in rushing offense at 306.8 yards per contest. FSU also leads the league in rushing and is second in the conference in total offense at 483.9 yards an outing. That figure is 12th-best in Division II to date this season. Additionally, FSU is tied for ninth (0.75) nationally in fewest sacks allowed.
* Important Note: Last week's explosive 59-46 win over Michigan Tech was the Bulldogs' first victory against the Huskies since a 21-14 overtime triumph at Top Taggart Field in 2002 (10/12). It snapped a nine-game series' skid to the Huskies.
* FSU Climbing: The Bulldogs moved up seven spots to 13th this week in the Division II Massey Ratings, which is an online computerized ranking system. FSU is one of 10 GLIAC schools found in the top 40 nationally of 167 total Division II schools. Ashland leads the list of GLIAC schools with a number one ranking in the scientific poll. Hillsdale is fifth and Saginaw Valley State this week while Wayne State holds the 18th spot overall.
* Strength Of Schedule: According to the Massey Ratings, the Bulldogs' schedule is currently rated as the fourth-toughest in the nation to date this season. No teams with a higher strength of schedule are found in the top 40 nationally in the Massey Ratings.
* Very Close To Record: Ferris State has gained 2,454 yards on the ground in eight outings to date this season and is only 84 yards shy of surpassing the school single-season record of 2,538 rushing yards in a campaign, which was established in 1995.
* One More Win: The Bulldogs need only one more win to officially record their seventh winning season in the last 10 years. FSU has finished with a winning season 15 times in the last 23 campaigns, including 10 times in the last 17 years. The Bulldogs won five consecutive conference championship titles from 1992-96 and were league co-champions in 1999.
* GLIAC Player Of Week: For the second time this season, Bulldog redshirt freshman quarterback Jason Vander Laan (Frankfort, Ill./Chicago Christian) earned GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week honors this week after keying the Bulldogs upset of nationally 22nd-ranked Michigan Tech. He threw for a career-high 357 yards on 20-of-28 passing and accounted for five touchdowns in the Bulldogs' win over the Huskies. The 6-4 rookie toosed three TD passes and ran for two more scores in addition to picking up 72 yards on 14 carries. His totals included a 42-yard touchdown run in addition to two TD passes of 48 yards or more. His play helped the Bulldogs generate 601 yards of total offense against the league's top defensive unit.
* Defensive Player Of Week: Ferris State senior linebacker Tayo Moss (S. Rockwood/Monroe St. Mary's) was among four players chosen as National Defensive Players of the Week by the Beyond Sports Network following his efforts against Michigan Tech. Moss tallied 17 tackles with nine solo stops and added 1.5 tackles for loss in the FSU victory.
* Offensive Output: FSU's 56-point scoring output versus Michigan Tech was its highest production since a 62-42 home win over Northern Michigan in 2005. It marked only the fifth time in the last seven years the Bulldogs have scored 45 points or more in a game, but was the second time this season following 49 points at Lake Erie (9/8). Ferris scored eight offensive touchdowns and rolled up 601 yards of total offense.
* Number Nine: Saturday's game will be FSU's ninth of the season. The Bulldogs own a current 14-8 record in game nine of a campaign dating back to the 1990 campaign.
* Outstanding Day: FSU sophomore receiver Jake Lampman (Haslett) recorded a personal career-high 10 catches for 239 yards and two TD's against Michigan Tech last week. The 239 receiving yards came only 25 shy of tying Cedric Gordon's 26-year old school record of 264 yards set at Clarion (Pa.) in 1986 (9/20). Lampman caught TD passes of 48 and 61 yards in the contest.
* One Home Game Left: The Bulldogs have only one home game left at FSU's Top Taggart Field this year. FSU entertains the Northwood Timberwolves in its final home contest on Saturday, Nov. 3, with the league kickoff set for 1 p.m. (ET). The game represents Ferris' Senior Day contest and will also serve as the school's Kids Day for 2012.
* Scoring Trends: The Bulldogs have been outscored 48-40 in the first quarter of games to date this season and also trail 83-60 in points scored during the final period. FSU has dominated the middle periods with a 86-69 edge in the second and a 90-33 margin in the third.
* Last Win In Motown: FSU's last win in the Motor City came in 2007. FSU sent its 2007 senior class off in style as the Bulldogs pulled out a hard-fought 17-13 triumph over Wayne State during the regular-season finale (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. The win was Ferris' seventh-straight victory over the Warriors in Motown.
* Last Time vs Wayne: Ferris last faced Wayne State three years ago (10/17/09) and only nine Bulldog players who played in that game are still on the roster. The Bulldogs return only one players who recorded an offensive statistics in that contest in senior slot Dwayne Williams (-2 yds rushing). A total of 13 tackles are back on the defensive side for FSU from that game, including four from senior DE Jordan Morgan who started the game as a redshirt freshman.
* Conference Stat Leaders: Ferris State senior defensive end Jordan Morgan (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel) currently leads the GLIAC in sacks this season (0.81) ...... FSU ranks first in rushing and second in total offense in the league ....... Quarterback Jason Vander Laan ranks as the GLIAC's third-leading rusher this season as he is averaging 111.8 yards rushing, which includes games of 185 yards or more against two nationally-ranked opponents. He's also third in scoring (9.5 pp.g) and sixth in total offense in the conference at 245.5 yards per contest....... Senior Brad Iskow (Bad Axe) is first in the league in tackles for loss (1.50 pg.).
* The Final Three: FSU has three games left this year. Ferris has won at least two of its final three games of a year 14 times in the last 22 seasons dating back to 1990, but only two of the last six years to date. The Bulldogs have won 50% (33-33) of their final three games of a campaign since 1990, but the figure jumps to 58% (38-28) counting regular-season games only and not playoff action.
* Rookie Leader: Currently, Bulldog QB Jason Vander Laan is the league's third-leading rusher at 111.8 yards an outing and is 24th in the country. He established new school records for most yards rushing by a quarterback in a single-game and most yards ever gained in a contest by a freshman with 214 yards on the ground at Saginaw Valley State (9/29). Vander Laan is also currently third in the league and 17th in the nation in scoring this week at 9.5 points per game.
* In The Month: The Bulldogs have compiled a 57-39-1 (.593) record in October contests since 1990. FSU is 28-23-0 (.549) on the road and 28-17-1 (.620) at home during that span in the month of October.
* Two More Games: The Bulldogs have two more regular-season games remaining after this week. FSU hosts Northwood on Nov. 3 at Top Taggart Field and then travels to Marquette to face Northern Michigan in the season finale on Nov. 10 at the Superior Dome.
* Preseason All-American: FSU senior linebacker Tayo Moss received preseason All-America recognition by being named to the 2012 USA Football News First Team and the Beyond Sports College Network Division II Second Team. He was also tabbed as the GLIAC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year in the annual D2 Football.com Magazine and one of the top three players to watch in the GLIAC his fall by the Beyond Sports College Network. A 2011 All-GLIAC First Team selection, Moss received all-conference recognition for the first time last fall after finishing the 2011 regular-season campaign as the GLIAC's leading tackler (10.7 tpg.) with 35 solo stops and 85 assisted hits for 118 total tackles. Moss had 10 tackles or more in seven games, including the last three of the season when he twice had 15 stops or more.
* Preseason All-American: FSU senior defensive end Jordan Morgan also attained preseason All-America honors by being named to the 2012 USA Football News Third Team. Morgan claimed All-GLIAC Second Team laurels for the second year in a row in 2011 as he finished with 75 tackles on 21 solo hits and 54 assists. He's among the school's top 10 overall career sack leaders to date and also holds the school mark for most blocks.
* GLIAC Preseason Poll: The Ferris State University football team was selected to finish sixth in the 2012 GLIAC Football Coaches Preseason North Division Poll, which was released in mid-August in conjunction with the launch of the GLIAC Football Media Day website. The Bulldogs received 45 points in the balloting, which was conducted by the conference's 16 head coaches. Grand Valley State and Ashland were picked as the North and South Division favorites, respectively.