Wisconsin-Stevens Point Tested by @AdrianCollegeFB at Home; Fends Off Visitors 41-28

Jerron McGaw (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Jerron McGaw (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

STEVENS POINT, Wis.--Junior wide receiver Jerron McGaw led all players with five catches and 139 yards, plus a pair of touchdowns, but it wasn't enough as the Adrian College football team lost a 41-28 decision Saturday evening at Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the Bulldogs' road opener.

= Final Score: University of Wisconsin at Stevens Points 41, Adrian College 28

= Location: Goerke Park, Stevens Point, Wis.; Weather: Sunny and hot, 90 degrees, Wind slight

= Records: UWSP Pointers, 3-0 overall (0-0 WIAC), "receiving votes" (15 points) in American Football Coaches Association Top-25; Adrian Bulldogs, 1-2 overall (0-0 MIAA)

TOP DAWGS
= McGaw had game highs of four receptions and 51 yards.

 = Junior-eligible Emmanuel Stewart rushed for 85 yards on 15 carries and a TD, while senior David Nutter added 75 on 12 attempts and he also scored a TD. 

= Defensively, seniors Damon Fuller (5 solo) and Jacob Davis (5 solo) recorded seven total tackles apiece. Fuller had one tackle for loss of two yards while Davis recorded one for 10.

= Senior punter Connor Storms averaged 43.1 yards on seven boots and landed one punt inside the 20-yard line. He also had a long of 57.

= Junior Chris Adams chipped in six solo tackles--a season's best--from his defensive back spot and senior outside linebacker Lawrence Austin had five solos among six total stops--both highs this season.

THE OPPOSITION
= Quarterback Matt Urmanski completed 13 of 22 passes for only 153 yards, but he tossed four TDs.

= Zach Bosek led all rushers with 27 carries and 132 yards.

= Jerry Williams had four catches--three going for TDs--and 123 yards, and Steve Herra matched him with four receptions for 73 yards and two TDs.

= Ryan Strick (4 solo) and Griffen Davis (3 solo) led the defense with five and four tackles, respectively. Davis added a pass break-up.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= UWSP outgained Adrian 555 to 308 in total offense and the Pointers had 28 first downs to the Bulldogs' 12; the hosts also enjoyed the edge in time of possession (37:21-22:39).

= The first quarter was a see-saw battle that featured 35 points as UWSP took a 21-14 lead with no time on the clock. Herra capped a 7-play, 63-yard drive in 3 minutes and 8 seconds with a 17-yard TD reception from Urmanski after the Bulldogs had tied the score 14-14 on a big 69-yard TD pass from senior Clayton Uecker to McGaw.

= The Pointers built its first double-digit lead of the game late in the second quarter. Urmanski found Williams for a 33-yard TD pass play with 4:05 to go.

= The Bulldogs, however, had an immediate response on their ensuing possession. Uecker and McGaw connected again, this time for 17 yards, to bring AC within 28-21 at the 1:03 mark.

= After a scoreless third quarter by both teams, UWSP iced the win with two long scoring drives to open the fourth. Williams had a four-yard TD catch at the 14:05 mark to cap a 12-play, 76-yard possession in 6:13. About six minutes later, Urmanski found Dylon Iverson for eight yards in a scoring drive that consumed 13 plays, 80 yards and 5:19 in elapsed time. That made the lead 41-21.

= The game started with each team scoring blows: Herra 38-yard pass from Ryan Swigart for UWSP at 9:26; Stewart 6-yard run for AC at 4:30; Williams 75-yard pass from Herra for UWSP at 4:16; and McGaw 69-yard pass from Uecker for AC at 3:16. The Bulldogs and Pointers were tied 14-14 late in the opening frame.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= The Pointers also won the last time these opponents met in Adrian last season, 44-19.

= McGaw became at least the 14th Bulldog to surpass 1,000 yards receiving for a career. With 139 tonight, he now has 1006 in 14 games played.

= Stewart upped his career total to 2,865 yards rushing. The AC all-time rushing record belongs to Chris Clay, who had 2,969 from 2002 to 2005.

= Storms has 472 yards punting in 2017, he now has 6,002 for his career--moving past Dustin Salliotte (5641, 2010-13) and Matt Patterson (5731, 2001-04) into third place in school annals. Next up, AC record holder Kevin Allaer with 6264 from 2007-10 and second-place Clint Irwin 6252 from 1995-98.

= Senior Cameron Cook has 23 points this season and he has become the second-highest scorer among kickers in Adrian history. He has 166 points; James Spencer (104 PAT, 33 FG) is the leading scorer in program history, kicking from 2003 to 2006.

UP NEXT
= Adrian opens Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play on Saturday (5 p.m.) at home against rival Albion College during Homecoming Weekend. Multimedia links will be posted on AdrianBulldogs.com and the contest will be televised live by the regional sports provider Buckeye Cable Sports Network.

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