Saginaw Valley State University headed north for a matchup against conference rival Michigan Tech, this past weekend. The Cardinals defeated the Huskies by a score of 35-13, further extending its winning streak to four games.
SVSU posted a balanced 413 total yards including 205 via the rushing attack and 208 through the air. Along with an explosive offense, the relentless Cardinals defense held the Huskies to a total of nine first downs as well as 176 total yards of offense.
GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week, QB Andrew Brito, orchestrated the Cardinals’ offense to near perfection as he threw for 208 yards while completing 16 of his 20 passing attempts. In the first quarter, Brito found junior WR Derrick Hinton Jr. in the endzone for a 20-yard touchdown pass.
Hinton finished the contest with 97-yards while catching four of his five targets. Fellow wideout, Arron Foulkes, connected with Brito on a 13-yard strike in the third quarter that pushed the Cardinals to a commanding 35-13 lead. Established senior WR Casey Williams also hauled in 58 yards on five receptions.
Once again, SVSU’s ground game sparked troubles for opposing defenses. RB Isaiah Malcome led the Cardinals in rushing with 145 yards on 20 carries as well as two trips to the endzone.
Sophomore RB Nick Johnson added an additional 31-yards on 12 carries. QB Andrew Brito escaped the pocket 12 times for 41 yards; finding his way into the endzone on a 1 yard touchdown run early in the third quarter.
SVSU’s defense caused problems for the Huskies offense from start to finish. Linebackers Trevor Nowaske and Micah Crestinger led the Cardinals in tackles with seven and five, respectively.
DT Carson Berenyi also managed four tackles of his own along the line. SVSU’s secondary came away with its fourth interception of the season; giving it a takeaway in each of its first four games to start the season.
The Cardinals defense has now held each of its opponents under 15 points and remains a focal point of its early season success.
SVSU will look to extend its winningstreak and utilize its momentum as it heads to Grand Valley State for the annual Battle of the Valleys matchup. Kickoff is Saturday, October 1 at 7 p.m.
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