UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University football has laid claim back to the coveted Axe Trophy, as the Cardinals will have the trophy around for a year after posting a 20-14 overtime victory over the Northwood Timberwolves on Saturday (Sep. 10) at Wickes Memorial Stadium.
The Cardinals got a pair of interceptions from Matt McKoy, including a 94-yard pick-six for the team's first score. SVSU also got a pair of touchdowns from David Nay, the second coming in the first overtime on an 18-yard scamper to seal the team's six-point victory.
|1||13:23||Saginaw Valley - Matt McKoy 94 yd interception return. (Alex Kenrick kick is good).||0 - 7|
|3||03:40||Northwood - John Hall 38 yd pass from Jimmy Strom. (David Riser kick is good).
Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards in 2:46.
|7 - 7|
|3||00:00||Saginaw Valley - David Nay 2 yd run. (Alex Kenrick kick is good).
Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards in 3:34.
|7 - 14|
|4||00:33||Northwood - D. Nicholson 9 yd pass from Jimmy Strom. (David Riser kick is good).
Drive: 10 plays, 67 yards in 1:58.
|14 - 14|
|OT||15:00||Saginaw Valley - David Nay 18 yd run. ().||14 - 20|
Inside the Boxscore
- Nay finished with 116 yards on 21 carries, marking the first time in his career he has crossed the 100-yard mark. He had two touchdowns, including the game-winner, and was named the Meijer Player of the Game.
- Alfonso Vultaggio led in receiving with 54 yards on seven catches.
- McKoy's two interceptions were his first of the season. The return for a touchdown was his second in the past three games dating back to last season. He had a 97-yard pick-six in last year's finale at Grand Valley State. He added 11 tackles in the victory.
- Michael Alexander led the way defensively, recording a game-high 15 tackles. He had a tackle-for loss as well.
- Joe Craven and Bryan Jones each had nine stops from the linebacker position while Joe Newman had eight in a stellar performance at cornerback.
- SVSU has claimed eight of the past 10 Axe Bowls on the field, with all but one being decided by a single score.
- Coach Jim Collins is 7-2 all-time against the Timberwolves in his nine-year stint with SVSU.
- Northwood held a 497-245 edge in total offense for the game.
The Cardinals travel to North Canton, Ohio to take-on the Walsh University Cavaliers in a GLIAC matchup. Kick-off is set for noon against the south division opponent. Walsh is coming off a 28-10 loss on the road to Hillsdale.
See David Nay's game-winning score below...
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