Saginaw Valley State University football team welcomed the University of Indianapolis this past Saturday for their annual Homecoming Day matchup.
The No. 8 Greyhounds came into the game sporting an impressive 5-0 record while the Cardinals, 4-2 respectively, looked to secure a home win against its third straight ranked opponent.
The Cardinals, coming off two straight conference loses, regained its momentum and outlasted the Greyhounds by a score of 38-14.
QB Andrew Brito paved the way for the Cardinals’ offense, throwing for 181 yards while completing 8 of his 18 passing attempts.
Brito also found the endzone through the air on three separate occasions.
WR Derrick Hinton Jr. led the Cardinals receiving corps with 89 yards as well as two touchdowns. WR Casey Williams logged a team-high three receptions for 44 yards.
TE Andrew Schroeder added another 31 yards on his two receptions. Schroeder also secured his first touchdown grab of the season halfway through the third quarter, extending the Cardinals’ lead 31-7.
After struggling in its previous matchup against Ferris State University, the Cardinals rushing attack found its footing against Indianapolis.
RB Isaiah Malcome led the running back with 11 attempts for 69 yards. QB Andrew Brito had six carries of his own and managed 49 total yards. Fellow QB Colby Newburg found the endzone on a goal line carry which put the Cardinals up a touchdown late in the first quarter.
SVSU remained strong on the defensive side of the ball, holding the Greyhounds to 14 points. LB Derek Thomason secured nine tackles and recorded a blocked punt which he returned for a touchdown during the first series of the game.
DT Nathan Talakai tallied nine tackles and came away with his first sack of the season. Defensive backs Michael Woolridge, Andrew Holston, Cameron Mitchell, and LB Josh Fusco each added an interception.
Defensive lineman Leonard Henry IV and Harold Irby III each pressured the pocket and combined for the Cardinals’ second sack of the game. As a unit, the Cardinals’ defense finished with two sacks, six tackles for loss, four interceptions, three pass breakups, and one defensive touchdown.
SVSU now owns a record of 5-2 after defeating the highly-ranked University of Indianapolis. The Cardinals displayed a balanced offensive and defensive gameplan, leaving the Greyhounds with limited opportunities on both sides of the ball.
After facing three top 10 opponents in a row, the Cardinals will head to Wayne State University on Oct. 22 for a 6 p.m. kickoff.
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