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Big Rapids, Mich. - The nationally second-ranked Ferris State Bulldogs claimed at least a share of a second consecutive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship as the Bulldogs braved the elements and toppled Michigan Tech 52-0 in league road action on Saturday (Nov. 2) at snowy Sherman Field in Houghton.
The Bulldogs rolled past the Huskies for their 27th-straight regular-season victory and 22nd consecutive GLIAC win in a dominating road performance in all phases of the game. Offensively, FSU generated 615 total yards and the Bulldog defense gave up only 120 total yards as Ferris State moved to 9-0 overall and 7-0 in the GLIAC.
Ferris State, which sits atop the GLIAC as the league's only remaining unbeaten team, can claim a second-straight outright league crown with a win over rival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic next week.
Senior quarterback Travis Russell engineered the win over Michigan Tech as he earned the start in place of injured Harlon Hill Trophy winner Jayru Campbell and threw for 323 yards and two scores on 13-of-19 passing. He also ran for a TD in the victory as he accounted for three scores in the win.
Russell scored FSU's opening TD on the Bulldogs' first drive of the game covering 83 yards and soon after senior cornerback Alex Thomas raced to the endzone on a pick six interception return as FSU opened up a 14-0 first period lead.
The Bulldog advantage grew to three scores early in the second when Russell hooked up with sophomore wideout Xavier Wade on a 78-yard scoring throw to make it 21-0 in FSU's favor. The Bulldogs added a 32-yard field goal from senior kicker Jackson Dieterle with seven minutes to play in the period in building a 24-0 halftime edge.
The Bulldogs picked up right where they left off in the second half as Russell found tailback Marvin Campbell on a screen for a 73-yard scoring completion only 2:11 into the third quarter. Later, the lead grew to 38-0 when running back Tyler Minor found paydirt from 11 yards away with 6:45 remianing in the frame.
A pair of Bulldogs scored their first collegiate touchdowns in the fourth to account for the final margin as Dezmin Lyburtus scored from a yard away with 11:55 left and Taijhon McKinney-Cole hauled in a 34-yard scoring reception from quarterback Evan Cummins with 6:13 to go to account for the final margin.
The Bulldogs threw for 381 yards and ran for 234 on the ground in the win with MTU limited to only 55 yards rushing on 32 carries and 65 in the air for 120 total yards.
Michigan Tech QB Steele Fortress completed only nine-of-26 throws for 65 yards and was sacked twice and intercepted once. The Bulldogs defense limited MTU to only seven first downs in the game and a 3-of-19-showing on third and fourth down combined.
The Bulldogs will host GVSU on Saturday, Nov. 9, starting at 12:07 p.m. (ET). The game will be broadcast live across the country as part of Fox Sports Detroit's "Football Week In Michigan" promotion with a live national telecast on Fox College Sports. The Bulldogs and FSD have also teamed up to hold a special pregame tailgate event running from 9-11:30 a.m. (ET) in Lot 35 with food, beverages, music, giveaways, autographs and more for only $5 per person. For additional information, please visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com.
Tickets for the Anchor-Bone Classic are on sale now and can be bought online at StarTickets.com or call (231) 591-2888 for additional information.