Michigan Tech ended SVSU’s football season with a 21-20 victory in Houghton.
Early in the game it looked like Saginaw Valley was going to have a big day; the defense forced a punt after a three-and-out on
the first drive.
On the ensuing Cardinal possession, the team was able to take the lead after a 27-yard field goal from junior kicker Connor Luksic.
Ryan Brady, head coach of the SVSU football team, has been thankful to have such a reliable kicker this season.
“Points are points,” Brady said. “We have the ability to drive the football, but it is always a good safety net when your kicker can punch them in there, he had 15 points last week and he’s leading the league.”
Following two touchdowns by the Huskies, redshirt freshman quarterback Colby Newburg was able to rush for a 4-yard
touchdown to close the gap before halftime.
Brady says the team moved to a run-first approach this season.
“We have a lot of designed quarterback runs,” Brady said. “Colby [Newburg] has a good set of legs on him and so does Mike [O’Horo], our offensive line has been blocking great and these plays allow us an extra blocker.”
Saginaw Valley headed into the halftime break trailing 14-10.
Brady shared that he believes the defense has been the strength of the team this season.
“We’re number one in the nation in takeaways right now and in four or five other categories we are top 20,” Brady said.
“We have a very solid defense that is good at stopping the run which helps us steal the momentum.” For the Cardinals, its defense stepped up and did all that it could to keep the Huskies off of the scoreboard.
Junior defensive back Cameron Mitchell intercepted a pass and also forced a fumble that was recovered by senior linebacker
Senior running back Tommy Scott Jr. scored a touchdown in the third quarter giving SVSU
Michigan Tech regained the lead on its next possession and led by four with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
After a field goal by Luksic and a stop by the Cardinals defense, SVSU had a chance to win the game as it got the ball down by a point with 2:10 left.
A turnover on downs ended the season for Saginaw Valley as Michigan Tech was able to ice the game on its final possession of the game.
Brady wanted to thank the student section for their contribution this year.
“I want to thank the student section for how amazing they are,” Brady said. “The coaching staff and the players are very grateful for their energy and enthusiasm for SVSU football.”
Saginaw Valley ended its season with a record of 7-4 while going 4-3 in its conference matchups.
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