October 1, 2011

Bulldogs Defeat #17 Trine, 26-7, Snapping 20-Game MIAA Win Streak

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ANGOLA, Ind. - The Adrian College football team got sweet revenge after a four-game losing streak against Trine University dating back to 2007 with a convincing 26-7 victory at Zollner Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 1). The annual battle between two of the top programs in the MIAA was the conference opener for both teams and featured an Adrian defense that caused five Trine turnovers including four interceptions against Thunder signal caller Ryan Hargraves. The Adrian win also snapped a 20-game MIAA win streak for Trine and spoiled the Thunder's homecoming contest before a crowd of 5,608.

"It has been a while for us to have this feeling after playing a talented Trine program," said head coach Jim Deere. "I'm so proud of our guys and especially the defense making huge plays all game. We really capitalized off their miscues and built a comfortable lead heading into halftime. It is nice to get this win, but we need several more of these type of games to reach our ultimate goal. Next week we go back home and face Olivet so we can't be too excited and just sit on this moment."

The Bulldogs and Thunder have played close contests over the past four years with the winning margin being just 6.25 points per game. Most of the crowd expected a similar outcome but Adrian created their own opportunities and stifled a Trine offense that has been potent. Neither team could crack the scoreboard in the first quarter. The Bulldogs took their second possession and drove down to the Trine five-yard line, but missed a 22-yard field goal. Both teams also traded fumbles as Danny Cobb coughed it up for the Bulldogs and Hargraves lost a fumble after a hit by Joe Makowski with Hunter Juntunen falling on the ball. Adrian moved the ball through the air with 117 passing yards in the opening quarter.

After Juntunen's fumble recovery, Adrian took over at the Trine 42-yard line and needed just four plays to take a 7-0 lead. Justin Hemm caught a 43-yarder on third-and-14 to get the ball down to the three-yard line and on the first play of the second quarter it was Ce'Juwon McFerrin rumbling up the middle for a three-yard score. It was McFerrin's team-leading fifth rushing touchdown of the season.

Both teams exchanged turnovers in the second quarter as Adrian fumbled at the Trine eight-yard line on fourth-and-two with 11:05 left until halftime. Adrian's defense got the ball right back as Keman Jacobs picked off Hargraves at the Trine 25 and returned it eight yards to the 17. The Bulldogs carried the ball three times and were forced into a 27-yard field goal by Logan Mitseff which gave AC a 10-0 lead with 7:34 to go in the second.

The special teams unit got involved with making a big play as the Thunder had a punt blocked on their next drive as Jordan Clark got a piece of the ball and Kwame Cawarrie scooped it up and ran 10 yards to the Trine 25 with 3:25 left in the quarter. Adrian then went to Mitch Gabriele for a 21-yard touchdown strike from Brandon Miller to extend their lead to 17-0. Trine moved just three yards in three plays and punted back to the Bulldogs with 1:22 left until intermission. The combination of Miller to Gabriele connected on a 25-yard completion as a key play in a drive that ended with Mitseff tying his career-long with a 47-yard field goal to make it 20-0 with 31 seconds left in the opening half. AC outgained Trine, 204-94, in the first half and were 5-of-10 on third down.

Trine looked to get back into the game on their second drive of the third quarter. The Thunder drove down to the Adrian 24 in eight plays, but Hargraves was intercepted by Bryan Garbarino at the 10-yard line and returned it four yards to end the threat. After AC went three-and-out on their next drive, Trine broke into the scoring column on the first play of the fourth quarter. On fourth-and-four from the Adrian seven-yard line, Hargraves found Will Chrystal capping off an 11-play, 59-yard drive to make it 20-7.

The Bulldogs went backwards 10 yards on their next possession and Trine seemed to have a glimpse of comeback potential. That lasted just one play however as Hargraves was intercepted by Juntunen at the Adrian 39-yard line with 13:09 left in the game. Adrian then put the hammer down and sealed the win with a grinding 10-play, 61-yard drive which took 5:43 off the clock and resulted in a Damon Brown five-yard touchdown scamper to give Adrian a 26-7 lead after a failed two-point conversion attempt with 7:34 left in the contest.

Trine drove down to the Adrian 26 on their next possession but self-destructed with a 15-yard illegal block penalty followed by back-to-back sacks. Joe Makowski and Darren Walter split a sack on third-and-19 for a loss of 15 yards setting up fourth-and-34 at midfield. Then Paul Herman dropped Hargraves back at the Trine 43 to turn the ball over on downs with 3:17 remaining. The final nail came on Hargraves' fourth interception of the game as Jeff Makowski picked off his third pass of the year at the goal line with eight seconds left.

Trine ended with 278 yards of offense as Adrian gained 264 yards. The Bulldog rushing attack was held in check with 59 yards on 32 carries. Cobb ran for 44 yards and Miller passed for 205 yards and was 15-of-26 with a score and no interceptions. Hemm caught five passes for 59 yards to lead the receiving corps. Garbarino led the defense with 10 tackles followed by Juntunen with nine stops and 2.5 tackles for loss. Adrian recorded 11 tackles for loss and four sacks in addition to the five takeaways.

Adrian is 5-0 for the first time since 2003 and will host Olivet (0-4, 0-0 MIAA) next Saturday with kickoff at Performance Stadium set for 6:00 PM.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
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7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
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7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
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Endicott at Framingham State
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Kean at Christopher Newport
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King's at Moravian
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Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
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Marietta at Denison
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McDaniel at Catholic
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Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
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Sewanee at Kenyon
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UW-Platteville at George Fox
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12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
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12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
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12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
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1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
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2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
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2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
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2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
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2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
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2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
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2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
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2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
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2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
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4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
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4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
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6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
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7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
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7:00 PM
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7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
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7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
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8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
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8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
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8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
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