Senior Sendoff

Ferris State competes on Top Taggart for last time in the regular-season

by Published: Nov 7, 2012

Reach Toward the Goal Line: Ferris run­ning back Korey Ringer com­pletes a 21-yard touch­down run against Northwood by stretch­ing for the end­zone. The Bulldogs would fall to the Timberwolves 38–33. Photo By: Brock Copus | Multimedia Editor

Ferris cel­e­brated this season’s effort by the Bulldogs’ 17 senior team mem­bers Nov. 3, Senior Day, before fac­ing Northwood University for their last game on Top Taggart Field.

Despite build­ing a 13–0 lead over Northwood University after 4:10 elapsed, the Bulldogs were tossed in a 38–33 loss to Northwood. A loss against Northwood while con­fer­ence mem­bers improved their league record over the Bulldogs com­pletely erased Ferris’ hopes of reach­ing play­offs this year.

“As seniors, we wanted to make sure we gave our all to help our team get a vic­tory,” senior line­backer Tayo Moss said. “We just didn’t put every­thing together to be productive.”

Ferris fell out of play­off con­tention with the top six ranked teams in the Midwest Region.

The Great Lakes
Intercollegiate Athletic Conference’s divi­sional lead­ers, Grand Valley State and Ashland, along with any team ranked in the top six of the Midwest Region will com­pete in this year’s 2012 NCAA Division II playoffs.

The Bulldogs needed to cover 36-yards in their open­ing drive. Redshirt fresh­man quar­ter­back Jason Vander Laan con­nected with junior run­ning back Korey Ringer for a 21-yard touchdown.

Ferris’ defense put a halt to Northwood’s next charge when red­shirt fresh­man defen­sive back James Stewart inter­cepted Mark Morris’ pass for the Timberwolves, return­ing the ball 28 yards for his first col­le­giate interception.

“We went up 13–0, we just didn’t put every­thing together to be pro­duc­tive. We came out strong but we couldn’t keep the pro­duc­tiv­ity on both sides of the ball,” Moss said. “We are too good of a foot­ball team to lose a game like Saturday’s.”

Northwood retal­i­ated 11 min­utes into the first quar­ter with a touch­down of their own. The Timberwolves totaled 38 points in the first three quarters.

Ferris had an oppor­tu­nity to sur­pass NU in the fourth quar­ter by pick­ing up two touch­downs through the air. On the Timberwolves’ 38-yard line, Northwood stopped a pos­si­ble game-winning drive by forc­ing Vander Laan to fum­ble for a sack.

“We are going to put that game behind us and just focus on defeat­ing Northern Michigan,” Moss said. “It’s a must win game for us.”

The Bulldogs record is now 6–4 over­all and 5–4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Ferris’ seniors will have one last shot to improve on last year’s 6–5 record when the pro­gram was under the direc­tion of for­mer Ferris coach Jeff Pierce.

Ferris is 4–1 on the road this year. Ferris State will meet Northern Michigan Nov. 10 at 1 p.m. in Marquette.

Northern Michigan, a bottom-dweller of the north divi­sion at 3–6 in the con­fer­ence, rides a two-game win­ning streak. Earlier this sea­son NMU defeated Northwood Oct. 27 in Midland 21–13.