GAME SEVEN RECAP:
FERRIS STATE 31, INDIANAPOLIS 24
Backup QB Sparks Bulldogs To Victory With Record Day
The Ferris State University football team received a big offensive lift from an unlikely source as the Bulldogs recorded a 31-24 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) road win over the Indianapolis Greyhounds Saturday (Oct. 11) night at UI's Key Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Bulldog junior quarterback Kyle Parrish replaced injured starter Tom Schneider in the opening quarter and completed 26-of-41 passes for 404 yards and four touchdowns, including a game-winning 44-yard TD pass to redshirt freshman receiver Seth Hubbard with only 18 seconds left in the contest to lift the Bulldogs to the victory.
Behind the play of Parrish, the Bulldog offense rolled up 550 total yards and 25 first downs in improving to 5-2 overall and 4-2 in GLIAC action. The Greyhounds dropped to 3-4 overall with the setback.
UIndy took the early lead as quarterback Lance Lasker scored the only points of the opening stanza on a two-yard run.
The Bulldogs answered with two touchdowns in the second frame after Parrish entered the game for Schneider, who went down with an injury. Parrish marched the Bulldogs 92 yards on his first drive and found Hubbard from 13-yards away to account for FSU's first touchdown. He gave FSU a 14-7 halftime edge by hooking up with senior wideout Rahseem Jones-Salaam on a 64-yard TD strike with 4:23 left in the half.
The Greyhounds responded in the third quarter with 10 points. The first three came on a 35-yard field goal by Jace Morrison. Then, with 5:32 to play in the third period, the Greyhounds took a 17-14 advantage on Craig Jenkins' four-yard scoring plunge.
FSU tallied 17 points in the final frame, however, to notch the victory. Senior kicker Jim Yates booted a 21-yard field goal with 11:24 to play to cap an 83-yard drive and senior wideout Cole Meredith hauled in a 44-yard scoring pass from Parrish with 5:29 remaining to give the Bulldogs a late 24-17 lead.
After Meredith's touchdown catch, the Greyhounds drove 85 yards on six plays when Lasker found Stephen Geller for a 15-yard TD pass to tie the game up with 2:23 remaining. The Bulldog offense then went 75 yards in seven plays before Parrish hooked up with Hubbard in traffic in the back of the endzone for the game-winning score.
The Bulldog defense gave up 354 yards to the Greyhounds with 202 coming on the ground, including a game-high 129 rushing yards from Jenkins. The Greyhounds turned the ball over once as Bulldog senior linebacker Kevin Noe intercepted a tipped pass on the first possession of the game. Lasker was 12-of-20 in the air for 152 yards.
Offensively, Parrish ran for a team-high 73 yards on nine carries in addition to his 404 passing yards. Jones-Salaam caught a personal career-high 10 passes for 201 yards, Meredith made six catches for 78 yards, Tim Hogue made five grabs for 30 yards and Hubbard hauled in three passes for 79 yards and two TD's.
Senior All-America defensive tackle Jake Visser paced Ferris with 13 total tackles and senior outside linebacker Jordan Moore contributed 12 stops.
Saturday's meeting was the first between the two teams since 2005 and gave FSU head coach Jeff Pierce his 90th career victory in his 150th contest at the Bulldog helm.
Parrish totaled 477 yards of total offense to break the school's single-game record of 433 total offensive yards established in 1999 (10/30) at Hillsdale by current FSU offensive coordinator and former Bulldog quarterback Matt McCarthy.
The Bulldogs will return home to host Wayne State in their annual homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 18, starting at 2 p.m. (EDT) at Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.