Senior running back Tommy Scott carried the Cardinals to victory over Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) opponent Wayne State on Sept. 25.
Scott rushed for three touchdowns and 150 yards in the game to help SVSU control the clock throughout the majority of the time.
Freshman kicker turned defensive star Ryan Heicher forced a Wayne State fumble to get SVSU the ball early.
Neither team was able to get on the board in the first quarter, but SVSU was able to put up 17 points in the second.
Junior linebacker Trevor Nowaske sacked the quarterback and caused a fumble that was recovered by redshirt freshman defensive lineman Leonard Henry and put SVSU in a position to score.
Junior kicker Connor Luksic made a 20- yard field goal with 9:50 left in the first half to give the Cardinals the lead.
On the Cardinals next drive Junior quarterback Matt Considine completed a touchdown pass to senior tight end Isaiah Johnson-Mack.
Senior defensive back Marvin White forced the third turnover of the first half with an interception that he returned to the Wayne State 20-yard line.
Scott rushed for his first touchdown of the game with 22 seconds left in the third quarter to give SVSU the 17-0 halftime lead.
Saginaw Valley got the ball to start the second half. Considine led a drive down the field that ended with another Luksic field goal.
Senior defensive lineman Javarree Jackson recovered a fumble to get another turnover for SVSU.
Johnson-Mack rushed for a touchdown on the following drive to extend the Cardinals lead to 27-0.
Scott rushed for two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Cardinals ice the game away.
SVSU held off Wayne State by a score of 41-21 to improve its record to 2-2.
Head coach Ryan Brady has enjoyed the teams culture this season.
“Our Culture is to ‘Earn It.’” Brady said.
“Plain and simple. Our core values have been on display each of the first three weeks of the season. We play with championship effort and championship attitude. We show respect and we never give up.”
Brady also wants to continue to see fans at upcoming games.
“Our players loved how rowdy the student section was in our home opener against Texas A&M Kingsville,” Brady said. “We have a very talented and passionate group of players. We love the support and intensity of the Students at SVSU.”
Exciting events for the Cardinals will be coming up over the next few weeks according to Brady.
“Currently, we do not have any capacity limits for fans at our football games,” Brady said. “We have been on the road for the last three weeks. I would like to challenge our students to pack the house for our next home game in the annual Battle of the Valleys. We will be unveiling our New, state of the art video board and stadium graphics for that game as well. In addition, homecoming is around the corner, and we play our rival Northwood in the annual Axe Bowl on Oct. 16.”
Saginaw Valley continues its season next week at home against Grand Valley State University for the annual Battle of the Valleys game on Oct. 2.