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Cardinals End Regular Season on High Note

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – The Saginaw Valley State University football team closed out the 2008 regular season with a win over GLIAC foe Ferris State University by a score of 26-14.

The SVSU defense got things rolling right away as Brad Bush (Johannesburg, Mich./Gaylord HS) forced a fumble on the first play of the game that led to first of a record tying four field goal for senior Jeremy Burr (Saginaw, Mich./Swan Valley HS). Burr connected on a 37-yard field goal to give the Cardinals an early 3-0 lead. On the next series, Ferris State quarterback Kyle Parrish would break loose on a 41-yard run after defensive back Ja’Vae Ingraham (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson HS) looked to have completed a sack, but the ball carrier was never signaled down and alertly continued running toward the endzone. Senior defensive back Matt Black (Toronto, Ont./Northern SS) would sneak through the line on a Bulldog punt attempt for a block that would land in the hands of Ingraham who would take the ball the final 13-yards for a touchdown.

Burr would start off the second quarter with his second field goal of the afternoon, this time a 30-yarder from the left hash. Burr would add a 26 yard field goal, his third on the afternoon, to give the Cardinals a 16-14 lead with ten minutes left in the second quarter. Brandon Emeott (Caro, Mich.) would cap off a six play drive with a three yard dive into the endzone to put SVSU up 23-14 with just over a minute to go in the first half. Emeott would finish the day with 113 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown. He moved over the 1,000 yard mark on the season for the Cardinals and stands 56 yards out the top ten for all-time best seasons for a Cardinal running back.

After a wild and crazy first half both defenses would settle down in the second half, allowing just three combined points. After a scoreless third quarter, Burr would add his record tying fourth field goal at start of the fourth, when he booted a 34 yarder to put the Cardinals up by a final score of 26-14. John Jacobs (Prudenville, Mich./Midland Dow) led the defense with 13 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a half of sack. Bryan Klobucar (Hudsonville, Mich.) was a force on the defensive line all afternoon racking up eight tackles, and a sack.

Saginaw Valley moves to 7-3 on the season, 7-3 in the GLIAC while Ferris State falls to 6-5 overall, 5-5 in the GLIAC. SVSU will now wait and see the results from other action around the region to see if they can sneak into the sixth and final spot in the Super Regional #3, as it stands now the Cardinals sit in the tenth spot.