Following a week one win, the Cardinals were ready to get back on the field to continue their season.
Head coach Ryan Brady said he realized the importance of getting back to playing in front of fans.
“It was a very important step for the young men in our program,” Brady said. “It was heartbreaking having the 2020 season canceled”.
Brady also wanted the team to build on their success from last week.
“It was a great first win against a very tough Texas Team and it was great to get the season started off on the right foot,” Brady said. “Now we must go on the road for four of the next five against quality opposition.”
SVSU traveled to Bowie Maryland to take on the No. 25 ranked Bowie State Bulldogs in its second game of the season.
Brady knew that the long-distance travel could have an impact on his team. “Traveling 12 hours on a bus is never easy,” Brady said. “It is especially tough on the way home.”
Saginaw Valley got out to an early lead after a field goal by junior kicker Connor Luksic, putting them ahead 3-0.
Six minutes later redshirt freshman defensive lineman Derek Bryant scored a touchdown after recovering a fumble.
A Luksic extra point put the Cardinals up 10-0 heading into the second quarter. After not scoring in the second quarter, the Cardinals fell behind 14-10 heading into halftime.
Nine minutes into the third quarter Saginaw Valley was able to take the lead back after a 40 yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Matt Considine to junior receiver Casey Williams.
A safety for SVSU brought them within two points at 21-19 but they were unable to score again allowing Bowie to win 28- 19.
Considine led the Cardinals passing attack with 124 yards and one touchdown. Senior running back Tommy Scott led the Cardinals in rushing yards with 35 on his 15 carries.
Williams ended up with SVSU’s only touchdown on offense and had the most receiving yards for the Cardinals with 52.
Even after a loss coach Brady said he wants his team to focus on the positives going forward.
“The coaching staff and I are looking forward to competing with our team on Saturdays,” Brady said. “Not having the opportunity in 2020 makes you realize how fortunate we are to represent Saginaw Valley State University.”
SVSU’s next game is on the road at Ferris State on Sept. 18 in their first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) matchup of the season.