PREVIEW: Bulldogs Wrap Up Regular Season In Houghton This Saturday

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Ferris State at Michigan Tech
Saturday, Nov. 11 - 12 p.m. (ET)
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This Week's Action
The Ferris State University football squad plays its final regular-season game on the road this Saturday, Nov. 11, as the Bulldogs face the Michigan Tech Huskies in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) action. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. (ET) at Sherman Field in Houghton, Mich. The Bulldogs have won their last six outings in a row to date this season and are listed fourth in the NCAA-II Super Region Three Rankings.
 
Media Coverage
Saturday's game will be carried live on flagship station Sunny 97.3 FM and the Bulldog Sports Network with Rob Bentley and Sandy Gholston calling the play-by-play action. Pregame coverage gets underway on Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. (ET) and is accessible online at FerrisStateBulldogs.com. A complete pay-per-view video webcast is also available from MTU. For a complete listing of links, including live internet stats, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
 
Competitive Series
MTU leads Ferris in the all-time series' between the two teams by a 34-28-4 count. The Huskies owned a nine-game series' winning streak prior to FSU's current five-game win streak during the Tony Annese era.  Prior to the last five years, Ferris State had not beat Michigan Tech since a 21-14 overtime home win in 2002 (10/12) at Top Taggart Field.
 
The Records 
The Bulldogs head into Saturday's tilt with a 8-1 overall record and a 7-1 league slate after last week's 26-0 shutout victory at Davenport in the first-ever series matchup. Meanwhile, Michigan Tech owns a 4-6 slate and is 3-5 in the GLIAC after a close 14-7 road setback at Tiffin last Saturday (Nov. 4) in Ohio.

National Semifinal Run
Ferris State is coming off a historic campaign as the Bulldogs posted a 12-3 overall record in 2016 while advancing to the NCAA Division II National Semifinals for only the second time in school history. In 2016, the Bulldogs also posted a school-record tying 12 victories. Ferris State received the program's third-straight NCAA Football Playoff berth and captured the Super Region Four Championship by beating archrival Grand Valley State during a memorable run.
 
Memorable Bulldog Run
Over the last four seasons at Ferris State, the Bulldogs have compiled a 42-6 overall record and claimed two conference championships, posted two unbeaten regular-seasons, captured a regional title and reached the national semifinals. Ferris State has also accumulated two Harlon Hill National Player of the Year trophies, twice had a student-athlete tabbed as the nation's National Scholar-Athlete of the Year and won four postseason games.
 
Preseason Top Five Team
Ferris State was a consensus top five team nationally in every preseason Division II national poll, including as high as #1 by College Football America. FSU was also picked second by D2Football.com, Lindy's College Football Preview, the Massey Ratings and CompughterRatings.com. The Bulldogs were third in the AFCA Coaches poll and fifth by Street & Smith's.
 
National Power & State's Best
In the six seasons under head coach Tony Annese, the Bulldogs have become a national power on the Division II level. FSU has posted a 57-13 overall mark in the last six years and the Bulldogs have also posted the best winning percentage of all 21 collegiate programs in the state of Michigan along with the GLIAC since his arrival. Overall, Annese has won 83% of his games as a head coach on the collegiate and prep levels and owns 282 wins to date, which is the most of any current GLIAC member head coach at all levels.
 
Michigan's Best Team
Ferris State was recently chosen by Hero Sports as the state of Michigan's best college football team, regardless of division, late this summer. Hero Sports unveiled its top team from every state, regardless of division, and the Bulldogs were chosen tops among the 21 collegiate programs in Michigan. The award is the result of an equation created to level the playing field across all divisions of college football using specialized criteria.
 
National Title Favorite
Hero Sports picked the Bulldogs as the preseason favorite to capture the 2017 NCAA-II National Championship. The online site picked the favorite in each region along with the national title game and projected the Bulldogs to claim their first national crown this fall.
 
The 109th Season
The 2017 campaign represents the Bulldogs' 109th 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 an all-time mark of 435-442-40.
 
Anchor-Bone Victory
Ferris State kept its NCAA Playoff hopes and league title aspirations alive with a thrilling 28-27 comeback victory over archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic on Oct. 21 at FSU's Top Taggart Field. The Bulldogs trailed 14-3 at halftime, but scored with 15 seconds remaining to earn the win before a crowd of nearly 8,000 fans in Big Rapids. It represented the ninth time in series' history in which both FSU and GVSU were ranked in the major D2 national poll (AFCA) at kickoff. It was also the third-straight year in which both teams had been ranked among the top 15 nationally at kickoff time and the fifth consecutive time, including postseason games. The Bulldogs have now won six of the eight series' matchups against the Lakers in the six seasons under head coach Tony Annese.
 
GLIAC Player Of The Week 
FSU senior quarterback Reggie Bell (Los Angeles, Calif.) claimed the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week honor after returning to the lineup and leading FSU to a victory in the Anchor-Bone Classic. Bell, who had not played since week two, ran for a team-high 91 yards on 20 carries and scored the final FSU touchdown on a two-yard run with only 15 seconds to play despite being knocked out of the contest twice earlier in the second half. He also completed 15-of-29 throws for 228 yards which also included a long 36-yard completion to Dion Earls on the game-winning dirve that put FSU inside the five-yard line. Bell rallied the Bulldogs from a 14-3 halftime deficit. Along with the two TD runs, he also directed FSU on three other scoring drives and setup the only other FSU TD before giving way to Jevon Shaw for a one-yard scoring run. His play helped FSU roll up 427 yards of total offense in the battle of West Michigan rivals.
 
The Head Coaches
Ferris State – Tony Annese (Alma, 1983), 6th season, 57-13-0 (.814) – 5-0 vs. MTU).  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 at all levels is 282-58 (.829) to date and includes three prep state championships and two national JUCO crowns. He won his 50th game at FSU in the season opener versus Findlay and it was also his 275th win at all levels overall. 
 
Michigan Tech - Steve Olson (Valley City State), 1st season, 4-6-0 (.400) - (0-0-0 vs. FSU). Olson is in his first season as the head coach at MTU and his seventh season overall with the Huskies after serving as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Olson has 25 years of collegiate coaching experience, including 12 years at Minnesota-Crookston before joining the Huskies.
 
Last Second Victory
The Bulldogs went on the road last year (9/10/16) and fought back from a 21-10 halftime deficit to beat Michigan Tech 30-28 at MTU's Sherman Field in Houghton. FSU pulled out the victory on kicker Wyatt Ford's 36-yard field goal with seven seconds remaining. The Bulldog defense forced four third-quarter turnovers and the offense compiled 516 total yards in the victory. 
 
Current Rankings Nationally
Ferris State is a consensus top 12 team in the country in several Division II regular-season polls this week, including as high as #3 still in the Hero Sports Rankings. FSU is also #5 in the Massey Online Computer Ratings and 6th in the D2Football.com poll in addition to 7th from CompughterRatings.com and 11th by the AFCA.
 
Division II Games Of The Week
FSU's recent win over GVSU came in a live national television showdown on ESPN3. The Bulldogs were selected to play twice in the Division II Game Of The Week this fall as both the Bulldogs' league road tilt at Ashland (Sept. 23) and home game versus rival Grand Valley State (Oct. 21) were chosen for national telecasts live on ESPN3 as part of the D2 National Showcase.
 
Shutout Victory Last Week
The Bulldogs recorded a 26-0 road shutout over Davenport last Saturday (Nov. 4) at the Farmers Insurance Athletic Complex in Caledonia. The shutout came over former FSU player and assistant coach Sparky McEwen, who's in his first season at DU after five years on the Bulldog staff under Tony Annese. Ferris State gave up only 156 total yards, including 73 on the ground, while recording its first shutout since a season-opening 41-0 home win over Ohio Dominican to start the 2016 season. It was only the third shutout for the Bulldogs since 2008.
 
NCAA Playoff Berth
Last year marked Ferris State's eighth all-time NCAA Division II Playoff appearance and the school's third in a row after previously not making the field since 1996 prior to the 2014 season. Overall, FSU has now compiled a 9-8 all-time playoff record. Last year marked the Bulldogs' second-ever trip to the national semifinals and matched the 1995 squad, which fell on the road at North Alabama, for the highest finish in school history. Along with making the playoffs in both 2014 and 2015, the Bulldogs also captured back-to-back GLIAC Championships. Before those two years, FSU had not won a league title since 1999. The 2014 outright title was the school's first since 1996. Overall, 2015 represented the ninth conference title in Bulldog football history.
 
Quarterfinal Road Win
Last year's national playoff quarterfinal game against Grand Valley State represented only the second-ever postseason matchup between the two longtime West Michigan rivals, but it was also the second year in a row as FSU avenged a 38-34 victory in round two in 2015 at home. The victory over the Lakers last year also gave the Bulldogs their first-ever postseason road win as Ferris State had been 0-3 on the road in the playoffs all-time.
 
Deepest Postseason Run
Ferris State had its deepest NCAA Playoff run in 21 years last season since reaching the NCAA Division II National Semifinals in 1995, which represented the highest finish in school history prior to last year. The Bulldogs also made the postseason in 1996 along with 2014 and 2015, but did not make it past the second round. Last year's national semifinal at Northwest Missouri State also marked the latest game ever played in school history. The only other game played by FSU in the final month of the year prior to last year took place on Dec. 2,1995, when FSU fell 45-7 in the national semfinals on the road at North Alabama.
 
Huge Playoff Win
Ferris State pulled out one of the biggest wins in school history last year as FSU recorded its first-ever NCAA playoff road victory with a thrilling 47-32 triumph over archrival Grand Valley State in the Super Region Four Championship Game at Lubbers Stadium in Allendale. With the victory, Ferris State tied a school-record by claiming its 12th win of the year to advance to the national semifinals. 
 
Big Win Season
Last year marked only the fifth time in school history in which the Bulldogs had won at least 11 games in a campaign, but also the third year in a row. FSU matched the school-record of 12 wins set in 1995 (12-1) and the Bulldogs also notched 11 wins in 1994 (11-1), 2014 (11-1) and 2015 (11-1). The past three seasons, 2014-16, represents the first time in which the Bulldogs have notched at least 11 wins three years in a row. 
 
Harlon Hill Trophy Nominee
Curent Bulldog senior quarterback Reggie Bell was one of the 42 candidates for the 2016 Harlon Hill Trophy presented to Division's II top player in the country. Overall, a total of 42 student-athletes from across the nation were nominated for the 2016 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year. The list of candidates was announced by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee. The standout was one of 11 nominees for the prestigious award from Super Region Four and among five from the GLIAC up for the honor last season.
 
NFL Quartet
The Bulldogs had four former players in National Football League (NFL) Training Camps this summer. Former two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winning quarterback Jason Vander Laan was with the New York Jets as a tight end while defensive tackle Justin Zimmer and wideout Jake Lampman took part in the New Orleans Saints' camp. All three signed as undrafted free agents shortly after the 2016 NFL Draft. In addition, one of last year's starting linebackers, Brady Sheldon, spent training camp with the Oakland Raiders this summer. Vander Laan made the Jets' active 53-man roster at the close of camp prior to being waived. Zimmer recently signed with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes. Vander Laan signed with the NFL's Indianapolis Colts to their practice squad last week.
 
Returning All-GLIAC Honorees
FSU returned eight All-GLIAC selections from a year ago, including three first-team picks in Zach Sieler, Tavierre Thomas and Devon Johnson. In addition, Jahaan Brown, Jake Daugherty, Jajuan Pollock, Nick Huckabay & Reggie Bell also all claimed league laurels last fall and are back in 2017.
 
Regional Rankings
Ferris State remained fourth in the NCAA Division II Super Region Three rankings announced this week (Nov. 6) by the national committee. The top seven teams at the end of the season will receive NCAA Playoff berths when the field is announced on Sunday (Nov. 12) at 5 p.m. (ET) via NCAA.com. Fort Hays State (Kan.) is #1 followed by Indianapolis, Ashland, FSU and defending national champion Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) in the top five overall. A total of seven teams will make the playoffs with the top four hosting at least one postseason home game.
 
Fred Mitchell Award List
Bulldog senior kicker Wyatt Ford was chosen as one of 10 national finalists for the 2016 Fred Mitchell Award presented to the nation's most outstanding kicker and is also on this season's initial watch list for the honor. The announcement was made by the Fred Mitchell Award Committee and the award is presented to the top placekicker on the Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, NAIA and NJCAA level who excels on and off the football field. This year's award recipient will be named in December. Ford, who was named to the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List Of Excellence for his performance in both September and October last season, was among only three Division II kickers on the list of 10 national finalists a year ago and the only placekicker from a GLIAC or Michigan-based school.
 
Among Best In Country
Since the start of the 2014 season, the Bulldogs are close behind defending national champion Northwest Missouri State for the fewest losses of any NCAA Division II team in the country. The Bearcats have only four losses in the past four seasons. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs have recorded back-to-back 11-1 seasons along with a 12-3 mark last year. Ferris State also holds the GLIAC's best mark and the best overall record of all 21 collegiate programs in Michigan at 57-13 overall since the arrival of head coach Tony Annese in 2012.
 
Long Win Streak 
With a week three victory last season at Northwood, Ferris State set a school record with its 28th-straight regular season win dating back to the 2013 season before it was snapped against Ashland the following week. FSU previously won 27 consecutive regular-season outings in a row from Oct. 23, 1993 to Sept. 14, 1996. The Bulldogs' 28-game regular season win streak was the longest in the country prior to being snapped by AU a year ago.
 
Nation's Top Rushing QB
Last year marked the fifth consecutive year a Ferris State quarterback had been the nation's top rushing quarterback in Division II during regular-season action as Reggie Bell's 1,081 yards on the ground in the regular-season were the most of any signal caller in the country. Previously, two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winning QB Jason Vander Laan led all quarterbacks in rushing in D2 football each of his four years.
 
Preseason All-Americans
A total of five different FSU players were tabbed as Preseason All-Americans heading into 2017 this fall. FSU defensive end Zach Sieler was a consensus preseason pick while senior center Jake Daugherty and senior cornerback Tavierre Thomas both received multiple accolades. In addition, senior quarterback Reggie Bell and junior offensive lineman Devon Johnson garnered Preseason All-America accolades by at least one source.
 
Returning All-Americans
The trio of junior defensive end Zach Sieler along with senior center Jake Daugherty and senior cornerback Tavierre Thomas all attained All-America honors in 2016 following FSU's national semifinal run. Last fall, the trio all received All-America accolades from multiple sources. Sieler was also among the top finalists for the National Small College Defensive Player of the Year honor and also was tabbed as the Football Gazette National Defensive POY.
 
Highest AFCA National Ranking
FSU's #2 national ranking in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Rankings this year prior to its loss at Ashland matched its second-place standing late in the 2015 regular season for the Bulldogs' highest ranking ever in the history of the coaches' poll that dates back to 2000. FSU was ranked as high as 1st nationally in 2015 by D2Football.com along with the Division II Power Rankings, but has never been #1 in the coaches poll.

Ohio Success
FSU's recent win over Tiffin came in the Bulldogs' last of three matchups against teams from the state of Ohio this season with FSU going 2-1. Ferris State wrapped up its GLIAC South Division stretch in both 2014 and 2015 with a perfect 5-0 regular season mark after going 3-0 versus the Ohio schools the previous campaign in 2013.  Since 2010, the Bulldogs are now 27-4 versus teams from the Buckeye state in regular season action. On the road in Ohio, Ferris State held a perfect 9-0 mark in games played in the Buckeye state under current FSU head coach Tony Annese prior to its loss at Ashland this year. He had never lost a game in his six seasons at the FSU helm in Ohio.
 
Home Of College Football's Greatest Rushing QB
Current FSU quarterback Reggie Bell is following in the footsteps of college football's "greatest rushing quarterback" of all-time in former FSU signal caller Jason Vander Laan. He finished with 5,953 career rushing yards from 2012-15 and surpassed the all-time record for most rushing yards by any QB at any level. He topped the previous career record of 5,128 yards held by Wofford's Shawn Graves from 1989-92.  Vander Laan eventually finished as a two-time recipient of the Harlon Hill Trophy presented to Division II's top player, becoming the first GLIAC player to ever win the award twice. He also was the first player in NCAA history at any level to both rush and pass for 1,000 yards for four consecutive seasons.
 
Live National TV Again
This year represented the third consecutive year in which the Bulldogs had been selected to participate at least once in the NCAA's Division II Game of the Week package. In each of the last two years, the Bulldogs hosted a Division II National Game of the Week on the American Sports Network. Two years ago (10/24/15), ASN televised FSU's 24-14 victory over Michigan Tech at Top Taggart Field. That game also was a matchup of nationally-ranked squads as then fourth-ranked Ferris State topped the 17th-ranked Huskies in Big Rapids. Last year, ASN also carried the Bulldogs' homecoming matchup against Ashland, which the Eagles won 39-31 in a battle of top 10 ranked squads. Along with this year's game at Ashland earlier in the year, ESPN3 also carried the Bulldogs' home tilt against rival Grand Valley State as part of the national game of the week package.
 
AFCA Good Works Team
Ferris State senior center Jake Daugherty received a big honor by being named to the 2017 AFCA Good Works Team for his on and off-field accomplishments & community service. He was one of only 10 non-D1 players named to the team. Daugherty is a hometown product who prepped at Big Rapids High School. Fans can help Jake be chosen as the Good Works Team Captain and win a trip to the ESPN College Football Awards Show by voting online thru Nov. 23 by visiting ESPN.com/Allstate.
 
One Of Top Rivalries
Five years ago, the Anchor-Bone Classic regular-season showdown between FSU and GVSU was featured as one of the "Top 50 Rivalry Games" by the Bleacher Report, which is one of the largest sports destinations on the web with upwards of 20 million unique readers each month. The contest was ranked fifth on the list of top 50 games in the month of October and was the only non-Division I game featured in the report.
 
Postseason Rivals
Last year's NCAA Division II Playoff game between FSU and GVSU represented only the second-ever postseason matchup between the two longtime West Michigan rivals, but it was also the second year in a row following GVSU's 38-34 victory in round two back in 2015 at Top Taggart Field. Prior to the past two seasons, the two squads had not both competed in the playoffs in the same year since 1994 as last year represented only the third time ever in which both West Michigan squads had advanced to the postseason at the same time. Last year's visit to GVSU's Lubbers Stadium marked the Bulldogs' first postseason road game since Dec. 2, 1995, when FSU fell at North Alabama 45-7 in the national semifinals as FSU had played seven-straight playoff games at Top Taggart Field.
 
Series Fact 
This year's contest will represent the Bulldogs' fifth road trip to face Michigan Tech across the Mackinac Bridge in seven years, including the second consecutive visit. FSU made the trip three times in four years from 2011-14. Overall, the Bulldogs have hosted the Huskies only three times at FSU's Top Taggart Field since 2006. Ferris State also made the trip to Houghton three times from 2005 to 2008 before hosting the Huskies in the 2009 "Battle At The Ballpark", which was played at Fifth Third Ballpark, home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, in Comstock Park. 

GLIAC Defensive Player Of The Week 
For the first time in his collegiate career, FSU enior linebacker Terrell Porter (Detroit/Berkley) claimed the GLIAC Defensive Player of the Week honor after a career day against Saginaw Valley State (Oct. 14). Porter tallied a game and personal career-high 17 tackles as the Bulldogs rolled to a decisive 49-17 triumph over Saginaw Valley State under wet and rainy conditions in University Center, Mich. Porter's 17 tackles included three for loss and he also forced a fumble in the triumph. Overall, the Bulldog defense forced two key first-half turnovers, which both led to short fields, and shutout the Cardinals' offense in the second half to break the game open. His play helped the FSU defense register eight tackles for loss in earning the win and the unit limited SVSU to a 3-of-16 (19%) showing on third down while giving up only 268 total yards in the victory.
 
GLIAC Players Of The Week 
For their efforts in FSU's decisive 59-17 homecoming triumph over visiting Wayne State (Sept. 30) before a crowd of nearly 6,500 fans, Ferris State sophomore quarterback Travis Russell (Grand Rapids/West Catholic) was chosen as the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week while defensive back DeShaun Thrower (Muskegon) claimed the special teams honor. Russell ran for a team-high 56 yards on 10 carries (5.6 avg.) and scored twice on the ground while also completing 12 of 18 throws for 199 yards and another score in the win over WSU. Thrower had a huge day on special teams for the Bulldogs in the triumph with two blocked punts in the game.
 
Honoree After Season Opener 
Ferris State senior quarterback Reggie Bell was tabbed as the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week following his standout performance in the Bulldogs' season-opening 48-27 non-league road win at Findlay (Sept. 9). Bell had a huge showing in the then #2 Bulldogs' 48-27 road win over Findlay as he ran for a FSU career-best 216 yards and four touchdowns on the ground while also completing 14-of-21 (66.7%) passes for 206 yards and a score in the triumph. Overall, Bell engineered seven FSU scoring drives in the contest.
 
Football Alumni Weekend
Ferris State University and the FSU Gridiron Club welcomed back former Bulldog Football players from all eras two weeks ago as part of a special "Football Alumni Weekend" that took place in conjunction with the Anchor-Bone Classic. Former Bulldog football players were invited back for the weekend festivities, which will begin with a special meet and greet on Friday (Oct. 20) evening at the Elks Club in downtown Big Rapids. 
 
Nine League Wins
FSU recorded nine GLIAC wins last season, which represented the third-straight year the Bulldogs had accomplished the feat. FSU has won at least eight league games each of the past four years. Ferris State had posted seven wins in GLIAC play only four times in 17 years dating back to the 1990's prior to the past four seasons. FSU posted back-to-back 10-0 marks in 2014 and 2015. Prior to the recent stretch, Ferris State had not claimed eight league victories since winning nine conference games en route to the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference title in 1996.
 
Snapping The Skid
The Bulldogs beat Michigan Tech in 2012 for the first time in 10 years with a thrilling 56-49 triumph (10/20/12) in a high-scoring contest at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids. The Bulldogs claimed their first win over MTU since 2002 while snapping a nine-game series' losing streak with an explosive offense that rolled up 601 total yards and scored eight touchdowns.  It came in the "Dog Day" matchup presented by Huntington in the battle between the Bulldogs and Huskies. FSU has now won five-straight in the series.
 
Tough Place To Play
Ferris State had not beat Michigan Tech in Houghton in 15 years prior to a close 30-27 Bulldog win at Sherman Field in 2013. The Bulldogs then recorded a 37-3 road win in 2014 over MTU followed by a 30-28 victory in Houghton last year (9/10/17). Before the last three visits, FSU's most recent victory at Sherman Field had been a 67-46 triumph in 1998 (10/24). FSU had dropped six-straight meetings in the Upper Peninsula before the past three meetings in Houghton.  Overall, Michigan Tech holds a 19-13-1 edge in 33 previous matchups played in Houghton.  Prior to the long skid, the Bulldogs had won seven-straight matchups at Sherman Field from 1985-98.

Among Best In GLIAC History
A year ago, FSU senior quarterback Reggie Bell accounted for a personal career-high 483 yards in a regular-season matchup against Grand Valley State in Allendale, which ranked as the ninth-highest single-game output in GLIAC history. He completed 19-of-39 passes for 343 yards and two scores while also rushing for a game-high 140 yards on 27 carries in the setback. Four of the top 10 single-game total offensive performances in conference history are owned by a current or former Bulldog quarterback as two-time Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jason Vander Laan owns three of the marks. He racked up 496 total offensive yards in FSU's decisive 61-24 league road win at GVSU in 2015. Bell's 483 yards were only 16 away from Vander Laan's school-record of 499 yards set in 2014 against Lake Erie.
 
Final Five-Game Stretch
Ferris State is currently midst its final five-game stretch of the regular-season. Last year, FSU completed its final five-game stretch of the regular season with five-straight wins. Ferris has now registered a 89-49-1 record in its final five regular-season contests per season since 1990. In 2012, the Bulldogs went 3-2 over the final five-game stretch. FSU was 4-1 in 2013, winning the last four games. The Bulldogs then won their last five games of the regular-season in 2014 while capping a perfect 11-0 regular-season before posting an identical 5-0 mark in 2015. FSU has won its final five regular-season games each of the past three years and can make it four-straight with a victory Saturday.
 
Big Interception Day
Current Ferris State senior cornerback Tavierre Thomas tallied three interceptions in a road setback to Grand Valley State in the regular-season a year ago, which represented a career single-game high in a FSU uniform. In addition, it also matched the school-record of three picks set four other times. Ferris State's Dennis Bemis had three against GVSU in 1971 while Chris Estrada posted the same number at Wayne State in 1985. More recently, the Bulldogs' DeRen Ellis notched three versus WSU in 2000 and William Miles picked off three passes at Indianapolis in 2010. Thomas was also only one shy of tying the GLIAC single-game record of four interceptions set five different times.
 
A Winning Season 
Ferris State officially clinched its 12th winning season in the last 15 years with this year's win over Grand Valley State. FSU has now finished with a winning season 20 times in the last 28 campaigns, including 15 times in the last 22 years. The Bulldogs won five consecutive conference championship titles from 1992-96 and were league co-champions in 1999 prior to back-to-back conference crowns in 2014 and 2015.
 
Reversal Of Fortune
Ferris State's win over Michigan Tech last year was the school's fifth in a row against MTU. The Huskies had owned a nine-game series' winning streak prior to the current stretch. Prior to the last five years, Ferris State had not beat Michigan Tech since a 21-14 overtime home win in 2002 (10/12) at Top Taggart Field. FSU has also won each of the last three matchups at MTU's Sherman Field after previously not having won there in 15 years prior to the 2013 season.
 
Bulldog Senior Day
Ferris State Football honored its 2017 senior class on Oct. 28 in a special pregame ceremony prior to kickoff of the regular-season home finale versus Northwood. Together, the group of 24 seniors has now compiled an impressive 50-8 overall record with three NCAA Division II Playoff appearances and two GLIAC Championships over the past five years with the potential of more yet to come. They will depart as one of the most successful classes in school history.