MVFC Week 10 Review
Chad Lenz & JT Nutt, MVFC Contributors | November 10, 2015
Youngstown State 47 Missouri State 7
Youngstown consistently inconsistent, Missouri State consistently terrible. Youngstown was in desperate need of a bye week to get things right, and Missouri State provided that. The Bears got 5 first downs…in the whole game. They finished with 107 yards total, 64 in the air, 43 on the ground. Youngstown, 29 first downs, 338 rushing yards, 306 passing yards, and 644 total yards of offense. YSU quarterback Hunter Wells was 15 of 25 for 241 yards, 3 touchdowns and an interception. Two Youngstown running backs rushed for 100 yards a piece. Jody Webb ran 12 times for 107 yards and a touchdown. Martin Ruiz rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Youngstown had nine different ball carriers. They were up 38 before the Bears miraculously found the end zone. Missouri State never scored again and loses 47-7.
South Dakota State 25 Illinois State 20
Illinois State scored in the 1st quarter to lead 7-0 but the Jackrabbits scored 3 straight touchdowns and the Redbirds never recovered. South Dakota State finally showed up against a top team in the Missouri Valley after looking terrible against NDSU and completely under performing against UNI. Despite SDSU having the best defense, scoring wise, in the Valley, this was an offensive explosion on both sides. The teams combined for 927 yards of total offense and 6 passing touchdowns on 648 passing yards. Anthony Warrum turned 8 Redbird receptions into 241 yards and 3 touchdowns. His quarterback Tre Roberson, 80 rushing yards on 11 attempts, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 pick on 14-35 passing for 327 yards. If he completed half his passes, he could have gone for 500. Taryn Christion was more efficient with 15-30 passing, 2 picks, and 3 touchdowns for 307 yards. Also rushed for another score on 9 carries for 65 yards. The Redbird loss leaves the door open for the Bison to get their 5th consecutive Valley title.
Northern Iowa 59 Indiana State 13
This score would have been expected a decade ago, but certainly not this year. Indiana State was shut out in the first half and only got 69 yards on 28 plays to go with two interceptions, one being a pick six, and a fumble. UNI was up 38 points thanks to that pick six by Tim Kilfoy and three Aaron Bailey touchdowns. Bailey finished with five touchdowns, 22 rushes for 54 yards, an 8-13 passes for 114 yards. five touchdowns on less than 200 yards has to be a record. UNI had 7 trips in the red zone and scored on every single one. Six touchdowns and one early field goal. UNI’s defense helped the offense again and set them up in great field position the whole game. UNI scored 59 points on just 330 yards of offense. The defense held Indiana State to 46 rushing yards. The final score of this game was entirely misleading. Neither team is that good or that bad.
South Dakota 34 Southern Illinois 31
South Dakota quarterback Ryan Saeger threw three touchdown passes, including a game-winning 5-yard strike to tight end Aaron Ramsey on 4th-and-goal with 3:09 remaining. Drew Iddings blocked Southern Illinois place-kicker Austin Johnson’s 51-yard field goal attempt with 46 seconds remaining to secure the win. Iddings also forced the turnover that preceded the game-winning touchdown, stripping Saluki quarterback Mark Iannotti during a sack. Andrew Van Ginkel recovered on the SIU 19 with 5:21 remaining. Ryan Saeger was able to match Mark Iannotti for output, and actually bested him in every category, including what may have been the most important – turnovers. Saeger had zero and the Coyote defense forced Iannotti into 4. The win was Joe Glenn’s 200th of his 28 year coaching career.
North Dakota State 59 Western Illinois 7
Last week I said the Leathernecks had their back against the wall and it would either cause them to come out on fire or cause them to make mistakes that would dig a deep hole early. I also thought the latter would happen, and it did. NDSU jumped out to a 17-0 lead just 9 minutes into the game, and extended that to 38-0 by half. At that point NDSU coasted into the win but still dominated every facet of the game. The Bison have always been known for their ground game, and it’s starting to come around. They had yet another game of over 300 yards rushing as a team, and held WIU to just 33 total yards on the ground. Perhaps most impressive, and potentially most indicative that the Bison might be “back”, not that they ever truly went anywhere, is they held the ball for just under 44 minutes of the game.
Players of the Week
WR Anthony Warrum – Illinois State
Warrum set a career-high with 241 yards receiving on eight receptions and tied his career-best with three touchdown catches for the Redbirds against the Jackrabbits. He averaged 30 yards per grab in the game and upped his season touchdown receptions total to 13, tying him for first in the ISU record book for TD in a season.
DE Andrew Van Ginkel, South Dakota
Van Ginkel had a sack, forced a fumble, and recovered two fumbles in last weeks win against Southern Illinois. His strip sack and recovery set up a 44-yard touchdown drive for the Coyotes’ first score of the game. He recovered a fumble on the SIU 19 with 5:21 remaining that preceded the game-winning touchdown. He was credited with 3 solo tackles and also had a QB hurry.
PK Zak Kennedy – Youngstown State
Kennedy made a pair of field goals and was 5-of-6 on PAT attempts. He made field goals of 20 and 43 yards in the game. His 43-yard kick in the fourth quarter was his 17th field goal made of the season, tying the school record for most in a season.
QB Aaron Bailey, UNI
Bailey had his hand in five of UNI’s eight TDs in the Panthers’ 59-13 routing of Indiana State. He rushed for four touchdowns, tying the school record in total touchdowns in a game and rushing touchdowns in a game. He finished the game with 54 yards rushing, to go with the 4 scores, and was an efficient 8 of 13 through the air for 114 yards and a score.
Youngstown State – 47
Missouri State – 7
South Dakota – 34
Southern Illinois – 31
South Dakota State – 25
Illinois State – 20
North Dakota State – 59
Western Illinois – 7
Northern Iowa – 59
Indiana State – 13