Football wins fifth straight game

Defensive back Michael Woolridge attempts a tackle. Vanguard Photo Editor | Brooke Elward

SVSU’s football team extended its win streak to five following a 33-21 win on Nov. 6 at home against GLIAC opponent Northern Michigan.

Saginaw won the coin toss but deferred to the second-half leading to Northern Michigan receiving the opening kickoff.

On the opening drive, the Cardinals defense held the Wildcats to 37-yards leading to a punt.

Senior tight end Isaiah Johnson-Mack started the game with a 16-yard reception from redshirt freshman quarterback Colby Newburg.

Junior kicker Connor Luksic finished off the first SVSU drive with a 32-yard field goal to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter.

Following another punt by the Wildcats, SVSU got the ball to start the second quarter.

Redshirt freshman running back Tyler Amos had two rushing attempts followed by an incompletion by Newburg leading to a 37-yard field goal by Luksic to extend the lead for the Cardinals.

Northern Michigan took the lead on its next possession following a 57-yard rushing touchdown on second down.

Newburg threw an interception on the next possession by SVSU, setting up the Wildcats drive at the SVSU 37-yard line.

A 30-yard touchdown pass for Northern Michigan gave them an 8-point lead with 8:40 left in the first-half.

SVSU was held to a punt on its following drive after failing to convert on a third down rushing attempt.

After the Cardinal defense forced a punt by the Wildcats, a fumble on the return gave Northern Michigan the ball at the SVSU 20-yard line.

On the next play, Northern Michigan completed a 20-yard touchdown pass giving them a 21-6 lead just before halftime.

During the final drive of the first-half the Cardinals found success spreading the ball to multiple players on the offense.

Senior runningback Tommy Scott Jr. rushed the ball four times and junior slot receiver Casey Williams had a 38-yard reception.

With 41 seconds left in the first-half Newburg completed a touchdown pass to Johnson-Mack closing the gap on the scoreboard to 21-13 at halftime.

On the first defensive drive of the second- half, junior defensive back Nick Whiteside intercepted a pass and returned it 12-yards to start the SVSU offense at the 50-yard line.

Scott Jr. scored on a 6-yard touchdown rush to bring the Cardinals back within one point early in the third quarter.

Another stop by the Saginaw Valley defense caused a punt by the Wildcats giving SVSU the ball back at its own 28- yard line.

Rushing attempts by sophomore wide receiver Derrick Hinton Jr. and Scott got the Cardinals into field goal range for another attempt for Luksic.

Northern Michigan fumbled the kickoff which was recovered by sophomore linebacker Kyle Shrider, giving the Cardinals the ball at the NMU 20-yard line.

SVSU’s offense stalled out leading to a fourth field goal by Luksic, extending the lead to 26-21 in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter Amos took over as the leading rusher for the SVSU offense, rushing four times for 28-yards.

Newburg finished off the drive for the Cardinals with a 16-yard rushing touchdown for the final score of the game.

Newburg passed for 150-yards during the game one touchdown and one interception along with 55-rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.

Scott rushed 20 times for 98-yards and a touchdown, Amos adde 40 rushing yards while redshirt freshman quarterback added another 39-yards.

After the win, SVSU moved to 7-3 on the season with a 4-2 record in GLIAC matchups which has placed them in third place in the conference.

Saginaw Valley will finish its season on Nov. 13 with an away matchup at Michigan Tech.


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