Football beats Texas A&M Kingsville in opener

Wide receiver Casey Williams catches two 19-yard passes. Vanguard Photo | Brandon Hull

Saginaw Valley State football kicked their season off against Texas A&M Kingsville in the “Red Feather Classic” on Sept. 4.

This game was both the home and season opener for SVSU, and their first game since playing Davenport University on Nov. 16 in 2019.

At home in front of a crowd of 2000 fans, the Cardinals were able to pull off a 13-9 comeback win over the Javelinas.

Both teams were held scoreless in the first quarter as senior defensive back Tim Kidd-Glass was able to recover a Javelinas fumble, but SVSU stopped at the goal line to end the drive without any points.

After giving up nine straight second quarter points to Texas A&M the Cardinals were able to score a touchdown on a 10- yard run by senior running back Tommy Scott and a conversion by junior kicker Connor Luksic.

Following the Cardinals touchdown, junior defensive lineman Nathan Talakai was able to force a fumble that was recovered by senior defensive lineman Javarree Jackson.

Following two SVSU turnovers the game reached halftime with the Cardinals trailing 9-7.

Entering the second half trailing, many fans began to scramble for the exits as it began to rain.

Despite the lack of remaining fans, the Cardinals defense dug in and junior defensive back Nick Whiteside forced an interception.

With the field and the ball soaked from the rain, both teams began to run the ball regularly in an attempt to cut down on the turnovers.

Early in the fourth quarter the Cardinals were able to get into field goal range for Luksic, as he was able to give SVSU the 10-9 lead.

With eight minutes left in the game Luksic was able to make another field goal to extend the SVSU lead to 13-9.

Texas A&M had a chance to score with 25 seconds left in the game following a 69 yard drive that lasted over seven minutes, but the Cardinals were able to stop them at the six yard line.

SVSU will be on the road for each of their next three games. They will travel to play Bowie State on Sept.. 11, followed by a game at Ferris State on Sept. 18 and a game at Wayne State on Sept. 25.


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