A week after losing to Grand Valley in the annual Battle of the Valleys football game, the Saginaw Valley football team headed to Texas to face the Texas A&M Commerce Lions.
Halfway through the first quarter SVSU was able to get on the board after a oneyard touchdown run by redshirt freshman quarterback Colby Newburg. Junior kicker Connor Luksic was successful on the point after attempt giving the Cardinals a 7-0 lead.
Texas A&M Commerce had the only other score of the first half as they converted a field goal with 7:03 left in the second quarter.
SVSU carried the 7-3 lead into halftime looking to improve their record to 3-3 on the season.
Junior defensive lineman Nathan Talakai got pressure on the Texas A&M quarterback and forced his pass to be intercepted by junior defensive back Nick Whiteside.
Whiteside returned the interception 74 yards to a touchdown giving the Cardinals a 14-3 lead following a successful extra point kick by Connor Luksic.
At the start of the fourth quarter the Lions were able to score a touchdown and complete the two-point conversion attempt successfully to close the gap by a score of 14-11.
Saginaw Valley’s defense shut down the Lions goal line attempt inside of six minutes when sophomore defensive back Michael Woolridge was able to recover a fumble.
After the Cardinal offense was unable to score, the Lions got the ball back and were able to score a field goal with no time left on the clock forcing overtime with both teams at 14 points.
In college football both teams get an opportunity to score regardless of the first team’s possession outcome.
Saginaw Valley won the coin toss and elected to play defense forcing Texas A&M to play offense first.
Texas A&M started their drive at the 25- yard line and the Cardinals were able to hold the Lions to a field goal taking a 17-14 lead.
On the subsequent Cardinals possession senior running back Tommy Scott rushed twice for 14 yards and scoring the winning touchdown.
Following this 20-17 win the Cardinals will play their homecoming game on Oct. 16 against Northwood University still looking for their first win in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference (GLIAC) play this season.