Senior Clayton Uecker's Efficient Passing Game Leads @AdrianCollegeFB Win at K-zoo

Senior Clayton Uecker had his best day as a Bulldog with 270 yards passing on just 13 completions, and his offensive line didn't allow a single sack. Adrian won at Kalamazoo, 36-22. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Clayton Uecker had his best day as a Bulldog with 270 yards passing on just 13 completions, and his offensive line didn't allow a single sack. Adrian won at Kalamazoo, 36-22. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--Senior Clayton Uecker had an efficient day under center, junior running back Emmanuel Stewart rushed for 228 yards, and junior wide receiver Jerron McGaw had 132 receiving yards to lead Adrian College to a 36-22 victory Saturday at Kalamazoo College in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action

= Final Score: Adrian College 36, Kalamazoo College 22

= Location: Angell Field, Kalamazoo, Mich.; Weather: Sunny, 74 degrees, Wind 14 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 3-4 overall (2-1 MIAA); Kalamazoo Hornets 0-7 overall (0-4 MIAA)

TOP DAWGS
= Uecker completed 13 of 19 passes for 270 yards and a touchdown--his best day as a Bulldog.

McGaw notched his fourth 100-yard receiving game this season and the seventh of his career. He had six catches, including a TD.

= Stewart had three TD runs and senior David Nutter added 114 yards on 18 carries and a TD.

= Junior outside linebacker Tim McPhee established a career-high for the third-consecutive game, this time with nine total tackles (5 solo). He also had a pass break-up.

= Defensive backs Chris Adams, a junior, and Shawn Starks, a sophomore, contributed eight tackles and three solo apiece.

= Others who had a solid defensive outing: senior outside linebacker Lawrence Austin (5 solo, 7 tackles, sack/11 yards, 3 TFL/15 yards), senior lineman Damon Fuller (5 solo stops), sophomore defensive back James Males (5 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 3 PBU) and senior end Jacob Clark (5 tackles, sack/8 yards, 2.5 TFL/13 yards).

THE OPPOSITION
= Alex White was 23 for 43 with 230 passing yards and two TDs to go along with an interception.

= Clay Wilkey (7 solo) and Jakob Frederick (6) led the Hornets with 12 and 11 tackles, respectively. Both broke up a pass while the latter also had a forced fumble. 

= Jared Pittman averaged 9.3 yards on 11 carries.

= Seth Dexter tied McGaw with a game-best six catches for 66 yards. 

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Stewart scored his third rushing TD of the afternoon from 34 yards out to put Adrian ahead for good, 21-16, with 5 minutes and 50 seconds to go in the third quarter.

= In the fourth quarter, Adrian scored on two long scoring drives and held Kzoo to a pair of field goals to keep the Hornets at bay. McGaw caught a 32-yard pass from Uecker to cap a 77-yard drive at 11:55 and Nutter plowed into the end zone from 5 yards out to end a 75-yard drive at 3:44.

= Anthony Giovanni caught a 5-yard TD pass from White at the 10:31 mark in the third quarter to give Kzoo its only lead of the contest, 16-14.

= Adrian got on the scoreboard first in the opening quarter. Stewart had a 3-yard TD run to stamp the eight-play, 71-yard drive in 2:20 with 8:04 showing on the clock.

= The Hornets took advantage of a Bulldog fumble at the KC 1 on 3rd down and 2 which halted a potential 14-0 lead for AC. Instead, the Hornets drove 80 yards on seven plays in 2:32 for a scoring drive that was capped by a Pittman 9-yard TD reception from White. It was 7-7 at 13:37 in the first quarter.

= The Bulldogs reclaimed the lead 14-7 after Stewart ran 66 yards into the end zone and a Cameron Cook extra point. Greg Kearns kicked the first of his three field goals from 27 yards to pull KC within three points at the half, 14-10.

= Adrian outgained Kzoo 578 yards to 415, including a big 308-185 rushing advantage. With 270 yards passing, the Bulldogs had a balanced offense.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Fuller added to his school-record of tackles for loss for a career. He had one for two yards and now has 63.5 under his belt. His 318 TFL yards is second all-time.

= McGaw has easily surpassed his receiving yards total of 660 from his 2016 sophomore campaign. In his career, McGaw is the fifth Bulldog ever to reach 100 receptions (102) and he currently is ninth on the school's all-time chart with 1,422 yards.

= Cook, a senior, currently sits with 199 career points. That is second all-time among AC kickers and third overall in program history behind Stewart (222 points) and James Spencer (203 on 104 PAT, 33 FG from 2003-06).

= Adrian had an uncharacteristic six fumbles and five were lost today. The Bulldogs had only one fumble lost in their previous six contests.

= The Bulldogs have won the last four meetings and now lead Kzoo in the all-time series, 43-35-1.

= McGaw is the MIAA's leading receiver with 108.6 yards per game and Stewart tops the conference with a 146.9 rushing yards average.

= Stewart is the first AC running back to record three 1,000-yard seasons. He has 1,028 this fall, rushed for a school-record 1,487 in 2015 and had 1,002 in 2014. The team's all-time leading rusher has 3,517 yards.

UP NEXT
= After a season-long three-game road swing, the Bulldogs return home to Docking Stadium next Saturday to host MIAA leader Trine University at 5 p.m. for Parents' Weekend.

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