Football Closes 2012 Campaign On The Road At Northern Michigan
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* This Week: The Ferris State University football team visits Northern Michigan for its 2012 season finale on Saturday, Nov. 10, in Marquette, Mich. Kickoff for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) game is set for 1 p.m. (ET) inside the Superior Dome.
* Ticket Information: Tickets will be available at the gate or for more information, contact the NMU Ticket Office at (906) 227-2839.
* 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. A live pay-per-view video webcast and live internet statistics will also be available from NMU. 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.
* One Of Toughest: The Bulldogs have currently faced the nation's second-toughest schedule to date in Division II football, according to the Massey Ratings, an online computerized ranking system. FSU held the distinction of owning D2's toughest schedule a week ago. Ferris State is currently ranked 17th in the Massey computerized listing by the online source this week.
* Final Outing: Seventeen Ferris State seniors will play their final game in a FSU uniform this Saturday versus NMU. The contingent was honored before last Saturday's final home game versus Northwood. The large group of seniors includes Jaime Barrera, Alex Brajak, Mike Davis, Mike Elias, Cody Groulx, Kevin Guirand, Brad Iskow, Will Miles, Jordan Morgan, Tayo Moss, Taylor Phillips, Zach Rosman, Jamar Slade, Trevor Smolinski, Skyler Stoker, Tyler Uekman and Dwayne Williams.
* First-Year Coaches: Saturday's contest will be a battle between two head coaches wrapping up their first year leading their respective teams in the GLIAC. FSU's Tony Annese and NMU's Chris Ostrowsky were both hired following the 2011 campaign and marked the lone newcomers among the GLIAC's head coaching ranks in 2012.
* Seven-Win Mark: The Bulldogs can reach seven wins with a victory on Saturday. FSU has compiled at least seven victories only once in the last 10 years with an 8-3 mark in 2006. Ferris State won only a single game in 2009 when this year's seniors were freshmen on the team.
* The Records: Ferris State is currently 6-4 overall this season and 5-4 in the GLIAC. The Bulldogs had won three of their previous four contests this season before a narrow 38-33 setback to Northwood in the home finale last Saturday (Nov. 3) at FSU's Top Taggart Field. Ferris State posted a 6-5 overall mark a season ago.
Northern Michigan owns a 4-6 overall record along with a 3-6 GLIAC slate, but has won three of its last four contests heading into Saturday's finale. The Wildcats upset Saginaw Valley State by a 33-28 score at home last Saturday in Marquette.
* The Coaches: Ferris State – Tony Annese (Alma, 1993), 1st season, 6-4-0 (.600) – (0-0-0 vs. NMU). 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 231-49 (.825) to date and includes three prep state championships and two national JUCO crowns.
Northern Michigan – Chris Ostrowsky (Jersey City State, 1993), 1st season, 4-6-0 (.400) – (0-0-0 vs. Ferris State). Ostrowsky became NMU's 21st head coach this past season after serving two years as the team's offensive coordinator. He has more than 15 years of experience, which includes a stint at Division I Northeastern (Mass.).
* 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 384-433-40 (.471) to date.
* School Record Rushing: Ferris State has well-surpassed the previous school record of 2,538 rushing yards in a season this campaign. The Bulldogs have currently compiled 3,090 yards on the ground in 10 outings to date this season. The previous school record was established in 1995 during FSU's run to the NCAA Division II Semifinals.
* Among National Leaders: The Bulldogs are currently sixth this week in the nation in rushing offense at 309 yards per contest heading into their final game. FSU also leads the league in rushing and is second in the conference in total offense at 479.20 yards an outing. That figure is 10th-best in Division II to date this season. Additionally, senior defensive end Brad Iskow (Bad Axe) is tied for seventh in tackles for loss (1.95 pg.) in the nation while senior end Jordan Morgan (Chicago/Mt. Carmel) is tied for 16th in sacks (.90 pg.).
* FSU Still 17th: The Bulldogs are 17th this week in the Division II Massey Ratings, which is an online computerized ranking system. FSU is one of seven GLIAC schools found in the top 17 nationally of 167 total Division II schools. Ashland leads the list of GLIAC schools with a number one ranking in the scientific poll. FSU owns wins this year over #7 Grand Valley State and #10 Michigan Tech.
* A Winning Season: The Bulldogs officially notched their seventh winning season in the last 10 years with a victory over Wayne State two weeks ago (Oct. 27) in the Motor City. FSU has finished with a winning season 16 times in the last 24 campaigns, including 11 times in the last 18 years. The Bulldogs won five consecutive conference championship titles from 1992-96 and were league co-champions in 1999.
*Inside The Dome: The Bulldogs will be making their first trip to the Superior Dome since 2010. FSU dropped a close 22-20 decision to NMU in the last visit (10/16/10) after suffering a 34-0 setback to NMU in 2009 (9/26/09) at the dome. The Bulldogs' last win in Marquette was a 42-24 triumph in 2006 (9/30). The Bulldogs are 4-3 in the last seven meetings in Marquette, but have had mixed scoring success. FSU has twice scored more than 40 points, but has also been held to under 10 points three times in its last sevenvisits to the Superior Dome. Overall, the Bulldogs own an all-time mark of 6-7 inside the dome and have won six of the last 10 matchups in the facility.
* Indoor Games: Ferris sports a 5-7 record in enclosed dome facilities since 1995. FSU's back-to-back appearances in Marquette in 2009 and 2010 were its first games played indoors since a 42-24 league road triumph at NMU in 2006 (9/30). FSU is 2-3 in its last five dome-type venues, including a 17-14 overtime win at NMU in 2004 (10/16) and a 44-7 setback to North Dakota in 2005 (10/8) at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D.
* Near A GLIAC Record: Ferris State redshirt freshman quarterback Jason Vander Laan is currently within striking distance of setting a new GLIAC single-season record for rushing yardage by a quarterback. The rookie signal caller has ran for 1,217 total yards this season with 1,114 coming in nine league games to date this year. The league mark for most rushing yards by a QB in conference games ONLY is 1,128 yards by Saginaw Valley State's Jeff Klopf in 1997, which means Vander Laan needs 14 more yards in his final contest. Ironically, Klopf played prep football under FSU's Tony Annese prior to his collegiate career. Vander Laan's current totals are already the most ever by a FSU QB in a single-year and 10th on the school's seasonal rushing chart.
* Close To Mark: Senior defensive end Brad Iskow currently has 21.5 tackles for loss this season and needs only 2.5 more to match Ryan Morris' school single-season record of 24 tackles for loss set in 2000 ..... Meanwhlie, Bulldog senior defensive end Jordan Morgan has 10 sacks to date this season and is three away from the school record of 13 in a year set by Ed Philion in 1992 and Jim Lenz in 1993.
* Offensive Statistics: Ferris State's current 479.2 yards per game ranks as the second-highest seasonal figure in school history heading into the season finale. The highest mark of 534.5 yards a contest came in 1999 ...... Ferris State has 263 first downs total this season and is only 14 away from matching the school single-season mark of 277 first downs set in 1995 ...... The Bulldogs' 4,792 total yards to date is the fifth-best mark in school seasonal history. The Bulldogs need only 173 yards to move to third place and would need 678 yards to reach first place.
* Football Banquet: The Ferris State football team will hold its annual postseason awards banquet on Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Big Rapids, Mich. Festivities will begin at 12:30 p.m. (ET) with lunch to be served at 1:30 p.m. (ET) and the awards program to follow. All Bulldog fans and parents are invited and encouraged to attend the annual event. For more info, please contact Assistant Coach Brad Corpe at email@example.com.
* November Games: Ferris holds a 22-14 (.611) mark in its last 36 games held during the month of November. The total includes wins in five of its last 12 outings during the month dating back to 2006. FSU was 1-1 in November contests last campaign.
* The Final Three Games: FSU is midst its final three-game stretch of the regular-season. 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% (34-34) of their final three games of a campaign since 1990, but the figure jumps to 58% (39-29) counting regular-season games only and not playoff action.
* Important Fact: Saturday's game against NMU represents FSU's 11th game of the 2012 campaign. The Bulldogs have registered a 10-8 (.556) mark in the 11th game of the year dating all the way back to 1990.
* Season Finales: The Bulldogs are 17-11-0 (.607) in regular-season finale contests dating back to 1985, which includes a 12-10-0 (.545) mark since 1990. The Bulldogs have split their last six season finales, which includes a 30-14 home win over Northwood last season (11/12/11). Ferris posted back-to-back wins over Wayne State to close 2006 and 2007 before falling to Saginaw Valley State in its final games of the 2008 and 2009 seasons. FSU lost at Northwood in 2010 before last year's win.
* Conference Stat Leaders: Ferris State senior defensive end Jordan Morgan (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel) currently leads the GLIAC in sacks this season (0.90) ...... 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 121.7 yards rushing, which includes games of 185 yards or more against three nationally-ranked opponents. He's also seventh in scoring (8.8 ppg.) and fourth in total offense in the conference at 257.2 yards per contest....... Senior Brad Iskow (Bad Axe) is first in the league in tackles for loss (1.95 pg.) while Jordan Morgan is second (1.30 pg.) ... Senior Skyler Stoker is seventh in all-purpose yardage on the year (127.1 ypg.) ..... Senior linebacker Tayo Moss ranks third in the league in total tackles (10.6 pg.).
* Rookie Leader: Currently, Bulldog QB Jason Vander Laan is the league's third-leading rusher at 121.7 yards an outing and is 18th in the country. He broke his own 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 244 yards on the ground at Wayne State (Oct. 27).
* Close To Rookie Record: Bulldog freshman QB Jason Vander Laan currently needs 10 more yards to set a new school record for most rushing yards in a single-season by any Bulldog freshman. Former tailback Derek Fudge owns the current mark with 1,227 yards during the 2000 campaign.
* Defense Of Week: The Bulldogs' defensive unit was tabbed as the Division II Defense of the Week by the Beyond Sports Network for their efforts against Grand Valley State on Oct. 6. 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.
* 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.