Cardinals defeat Davenport, 24-3

Saginaw Valley traveled to Davenport for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) matchup. Davenport was able to gain an early lead with a field goal with a minute remaining in the first quarter.

Each team was held to a punt on their following possession before SVSU was able to score on a 48-yard field goal by junior Connor Luksic.

SVSU’s defense held the Davenport offense to negative six yards on their next possession to force another Panther punt.

Saginaw Valley went 57-yards in three plays as they scored a touchdown on a 55- yard reception by junior slot receiver Casey Williams, extending the lead to 10-3.

Senior linebacker Victor Abraham intercepted a pass from the Panthers quarterback and returned it 12 yards, setting the Cardinals up with a drive starting on the Davenport 27-yard line.

After a 3-yard rush by senior running back Tommy Scott Jr., redshirt freshman quarterback Colby Newburg completed a pass for a 24-yard touchdown to Scott.

Saginaw Valley went into halftime with a 17-3 lead over the Panthers.

Davenport received the second-half kickoff but was held to a punt after gaining 5 yards during the drive.

With 7:39 left in the third quarter Davenport was able to force a fumble by Newburg and started their drive at the 45- yard line.

Saginaw Valley’s defense held strong as they forced a turnover on downs by the Panthers following an incomplete pass on fourth down.

Scott ran the ball twice on the ensuing Cardinals possession for 67 yards and a touchdown, pushing the Cardinals ahead, 24-3.

Junior defensive back Nick Whiteside ended up with an interception for the Cardinals with 5:26 left in the third quarter.

Following an SVSU punt, Davenport threw an interception to senior defensive back Marvin White at the SVSU 12 yard line.

On the next drive for the Panthers, junior defensive lineman Nathan Talakai forced and recovered a fumble at the Davenport 35 yard line.

After a missed field goal by Luksic, each team traded punts, draining the clock to 3:13 in the game.

Sophomore defensive back Michael Woolridge intercepted another pass for SVSU to start a drive at their own 7 yard line.

SVSU was able to hang on and win the game by a score of 24-3 over the Panthers.

Over the course of the game, Saginaw Valley’s defense held the Panthers to almost no offense, either passing or running.

SVSU held the Davenport quarterback to four completions on 21 attempts for 13-yards and four interceptions.

Davenport attempted 39 rushes against the SVSU defense, but they were held to 67 yards of rushing offense for the game.

Overall, Saginaw Valley held the Panthers to 80 yards of offense while forcing five turnovers.

Newburg threw for 112 yards and two touchdowns while adding 24 yards of rushing offense.

Scott was able to add a touchdown for the Cardinals after gaining 98 yards on 17 attempts; he also scored a touchdown of 24 yards on his only reception of the game.

Williams had one reception in the game for 55 yards and a touchdown for the Cardinals.

Saginaw Valley returns home for its final home game of the year on Nov. 6, which is also Senior Day for the Cardinals, when they take on Northern Michigan.


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