UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - The Saginaw Valley State University football team picked up its third victory of the 2010 season today (Oct. 16) in a 24-20 win over the University of Indianapolis in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) contest. SVSU has defeated the Greyhounds 18 of the last 19 meetings.
The Greyhounds lit the scoreboard first on a 23-yard pass completion into the endzone, taking a 7-0 lead within five minutes of play in the first quarter. The Cardinals responded as freshman quarterback Jonathon Jennings (Columbus, Ohio/Westerville South HS) found junior wide receiver Nick Gallina (Troy, Mich./Troy HS) from 18 yards out to even the score at seven.
UINDY's offense came out strong in the second quarter, adding their second touchdown of the game at the 12:10 mark, however the high energy Saginaw Valley offense would march down the field as "Meijer Player of the Game", junior runningback Ronnie Lark (Flint, Mich./Powers Catholic HS) found paydirt on a four-yard plunge to even the score at 14-14.
The Cardinals would find themselves in great field position after an eight-yard Greyhound punt, however would be unable to find the endzone, setting up a successful 20-yard field goal off the foot of sophomore kicker Thomas Goodroe (Byron, Mich./Byron HS) to give Saginaw Valley their first lead of the game, 17-14 entering the lockeroom at halftime.
In a scoreless third quarter, the Cardinals found themselves on the five-yard line to start the fourth quarter as Jennings added his first rushing touchdown of the season. Jennings would finish the game completing 8-of-15 passes and picking up 31 rushing yards on 18 carries. The Greyhounds found the endzone with 5:07 remaining in the game, however it was not enough as Saginaw Valley went onto victory, 24-20.
The Cardinal defense was led by senior linebacker Wayne Sanders (Rochester, Mich./Rochester Adams HS) who ended the game with 10 tackles and broke-up one Greyhound pass while seniors Joshua Fulton (Mishawaka, Ind./Mishawaka HS) and Ja'Vae Ingraham (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson HS) both added seven tackles each; Ingraham also picked up one interception for 44 yards and had two pass break-ups. Sophomore devensive back Jeffrey Heath (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion HS) ended the afternoon with six tackles and two fumble recoveries for the Cardinals.
Offensively, Saginaw Valley was led overall by Lark who posted 120 yards on 20 carries and had one reception for eight yards with one score while junior runningback Brandon Hayes (Saginaw, Mich./Swan Valley HS) added 41 yards on 10 carries and ended the afternoon with one reception for six yards. Gallina would finish the game with two receptions for 25 yards and one touchdown.
With the win, Saginaw Valley moves to 3-4 overall on the season and 3-3 in the GLIAC while UINDY falls to 3-4 overall on the season and 2-4 in conference play. The Cardinals will return to action next Saturday (Oct. 23) as they travel to take on the Eagles of Ashland University. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 pm.