Houghton, Mich Nationally ranked 19th-ranked Saginaw Valley State University used a balanced offense and strong second-half defense as the Cardinals beat in-state foe Michigan Tech 35-13 in a nonconference football matchup on Saturday.
The Cardinals, who improved to 4-0 on the season, rolled up 413 total yards, including 205 on the ground and 208 through the air. The host Huskies (1-3) could muster just 176 yards of total offense.
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- Derek Hinton Jr. gave Saginaw Valley a 7-0 lead with 9 minutes, 23 seconds left when Andrew Brito hauled in a 20-yard pass that eluded two tacklers in the backfield and threw the grain to find an open Hinton.
- William Marano cut Michigan Tech short to make it 7-6 when he crossed the goal line from three yards out with 4:10 left.
- Tech used some tricks to open the second period at 14:16. Ethan Champney took a sidestep from quarterback Will Arch and threw 30 yards to Brandon Michalak in the end zone for a wide open reception. The Huskies were 13-7.
- However, this advantage quickly evaporated on SVSU’s next possession; Isaiah Malcolm ran 75 yards into the end zone for the Cardinals’ longest play of the season for a 14-13 lead with 14:04 left.
- Malcolm found the end zone from seven yards out to cap the first half scoring drive and extend SVSU’s lead to 21-13.
- With 9:04 to go, Brito ran a yard out into the end zone to cap an eight-play, 40-yard scoring drive with 3:49 left. The Cardinals held a 28-13 lead.
- Brito and receiver Arron Foulkes connected for a 13-yard strike with 5 minutes left for some insurance and the eventual 22-point victory.
- Neither team scored in the final quarter.
In the box result:
- This was a designated non-GLIAC game. That will be a conference game between the schools when Michigan Tech travels to SVSU in the regular season finale on Nov. 12.
- Malcolm rushed for SVSU’s career- and game-high 145 yards on 20 carries, or 7.2 yards per attempt, and a pair of touchdowns.
- Brito finished a clean 16-for-20 with 208 yards passing and two TDs.
- With four receptions, the Hinton junior led all receivers with 97 yards.
- Trevor Nowaske and Micah Kresger led the SVSU defense with seven and five tackles, respectively.
- Darius Willis led the Huskies offense with four receptions for 71 yards.
- Tech’s Mark Sippel led all defenders with 9 tackles and 11 total.
The Cardinals enter October next Saturday when they travel to GLIAC rival and third-ranked Grand Valley State University in the Valley Battle. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m