The Cardinals traveled to Marquette on Saturday, Nov. 9 to face the Northern Michigan Wildcats, defeating them 56-10.
During the beginning of the first quarter, Northern Michigan punted 38 yards to the SVSU 21-yard line, which was caught by junior wide receiver Chad Gailliard.
With more than eight minutes left on the clock, the Cardinals scored its first touchdown, made by junior running back Nate McMcrary.
SVSU then began its second drive with 6:11 left in the first quarter. SVSU’s senior quarterback Ryan Conklin then completed a pass to Gailliard for 87 yards to a second touchdown.
McCrary rushed for four yards to the SVSU 22-yard line, followed by Conklin completing a pass to Michael King for 17 yards to the SVSU 39-yard line.
Conklin completed another pass to Gailliard for 61 yards, leading to another touchdown for SVSU, ending the first quarter, 21-0.
In the beginning of the second quarter, NMU completed a field goal from the 50-yard line, making the score 21-3.
Seconds after, SVSU’s McCrary rushed 90 yards for another touchdown, extending the SVSU lead to 28-3.
On second down NMU completed a pass to for 58 yards for a touchdown.
However, the Cardinals clapped back almost immediately with Conklin completing a pass to sophomore wide receiver Casey Williams for 69 yards for a touchdown.
Saginaw Valley finished the first half leading, 42-10.
In the third quarter, SVSU’s freshman red shirt quarterback Tye Mintz completed a 15-yard pass to Gailliard for another touchdown.
Conklin completed a 12-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Dominick Fiscelli for another Cardinals touchdown, ending the game, 56-10.
Sophomore kicker Connor Luksic praised the team.
“We played really well,” he said. “Went out and defense got a stop. They punted. Went right down the field. Three plays later, 7-0. Pounded them the whole game. We all did it for the seniors. They deserved it.”
Conklin said the team focused on having a strong start.
“We played a full four quarters as a team,” he said. “In other games we’ve found ourselves in a hole having to dig ourselves out, this week we put emphasis on having a sense of urgency and getting off to a quick start.”