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Tiffin-GVSU live updates

October 4, 2008 - Zach Baker

First Quarter

Game kicks off at 1:30. By the time it's 1:32, Grand Valley State is kicking off after a touchdown. A short kick set the Lakers up inside the Dragons 30, and a few plays later, quarterback Brad Iciek finds John Matthews for a touchdown pass.

Grand Valley State 7, Tiffin 0 13:28 

- Tiffin gets the ball and puts together a solid drive, moving inside the Lakers' 35. On fourth and four, a screen to Cameron Mobley picks up 20 to the Lakers' 14. (8:19)

-Matt Root finds Mobley again, this time for 10 yards inside the five for a first down. On third and goal from  from the 3, Root gets sacked a at the 10. Dragons opt to go for it, and a screen to Mobley is stopped at the three. Good drive, but it's for naught. (5:55).

- GVSU back P.T Gates fumbles, and TU recovers at the Lakers' 20. It'sonly the second GVSU turnover of the season --both have been Gates fumbles. (5:20)

- The joy of the turnover lasts as long as a Tom Arnold sitcom. On the next play, Root is picked by Zach Breen, who returns the ball all the way to the TU 5. Props to Trey Williams for not giving up on the play and running him down. (4:11)

-Iciek finds Greg Gay in the left corner of the end zone for a TD. (4:10)

GVSU 14, TU 0

- Dragons go three and out. Drew Douthit punts to the GVSU 35. (2:28)

- GVSU is stopped at its own 48, but on a fourth and eight, it keeps its offense on the field. Timeout, TU (:43).

Iciek screens to Blake Smolen for 17 yards. The two pair up again for a long 33-yard TD pass on the next play. (:01)

GVSU 21, TU 0

-Mobley, who is shining for TU at this point, returns the ensuing kick past midfield, but a flag negates it.

End of first quarter

GVSU 21, TU 0

Second Quarter

- Tiffin fails to gain a first down, and Douthit's ensuing punt is blocked. The Lakers score again when Iciek loops one to Gay for a 16-yard TD. (12:39)

GVSU 28, Tiffin 0

 - Watching Grand Valley State is like watching Division III's Mount Union. Everything is so sharp, so crisp. There appears to be no hesitation from the Lakers on either side of the ball. They know what they want to do, and they know they can do it.

-After Tiffin punts again, Iciek leads another scoring drive, capped by another touchdown pass to Greg Gay. It's Gay's third TD catch of the half, a career high for the redshirt freshman. (8:18)

Gay's only playing because the top two receivers for the Lakers are out today. Cameron Bradford has a shoulder and Mike Koster is acedemically ineligible.

GVSU 35, TU 0

-TU goes three and out again. (6:49)

- Marquel Neasman, GVSU's backup quarterback, has been inserted. (4:52)

And ... he doesn't look like a backup, lofting a perfect pass to Carlos Clark from 15 yards out for another touchdown (4:33).

GVSU 42, TU 0

-Dragons go three and out again. (2:57)

- Grand Valley State has removed a number of its starters offensively, and run the ball three times and punt. It appears we have reached the mercy stage. (:47)

Halftime

GVSU 42, TU 0

Haftime thoughts:

This can't be unexpected. Grand Valley State's Iciek threw five TD passes in the first half. His backup, Neasman, threw another. But I think this is more about how good the Lakers are than anything else.

I expect TU to recover from this and be competitive the rest of the way this season. No matter how bad the first half looks (TU had 51 total yards in the first half) the Dragons can take solace in knowing that many other teams have met a similar fate over the years against this powerhouse.

Third Quarter

The Dragons get the ball and move it past midfield. On a fourth and short at the 42, the Dragons go for it, and Root evades pressure, steps up and finds St. Joe graduate Mike Lento for 20 yards. (11:42)

Root finds Williams on a slant to the 10. First and goal. A penalty gives the Dragons three yards and another first down. After two negative plays, GVSU gets whistled for a late hit, putting the ball at the eight.

Hey, another penalty on GVSU. This is awfully sweet of the officials and GVSU. TU moves to the four. Two plays moves the ball back to the six. Third down. Root is sacked beyond the 20. GVSU, even when it has its backups in, is just too strong.  On fourth and goal from the 20, Root goes for Greg Raspberry in the end zone, but he's doubled. Kris Sitgraves picks the ball off. (7:19) 

End of Third Quarter

GVSU 42, Dragons 0

Start of fourth quarter

A long completion from Root to Dyshaun Edwards sets TU up inside the Lakers' 25, but a Mobley fumble ends the drive. (12:07)

-We now see Grand Valley State's third quarterback of the day, Chad Somerville. He's only asked to hand the ball off and run clock. GVSU goes three and out.

-TU calls on Vincent Phillips at quarterback ... I think. The Dragons have two No. 7's on the roster. But Phillips, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, is listed as the team's backup quarterback. (8:29)

 

 

 
 

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