Record-Setting Day Propels Bulldogs in Big 56-27 Win in Home Football Opener

Quarterback Jack Wurzer had a record day passing, but he makes this dive for a first down. Adrian doubled up Buffalo State 56-27. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Quarterback Jack Wurzer had a record day passing, but he makes this dive for a first down. Adrian doubled up Buffalo State 56-27. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College football team used a record-setting offensive day to dispatch visiting Buffalo State, 56-27, in its home opener on Saturday. Freshman Jack Wurzer passed for a school-record six touchdowns and senior Jerron McGaw tied the single-game mark of five TD receptions.

= Final Score: Adrian College 56, Buffalo State College 27

= Location:  Docking Stadium; Weather: Partly Sunny, 64 degrees, Wind ENE 13 mph

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs, 1-1 overall (0-0 MIAA); Buffalo State Bengals, 1-1 overall (Empire 8 Conference)

TOP DAWGS
= McGaw had career bests of 13 receptions and 256 yards for game highs, and he tied Nathan Hartline's school record for TD catches.

= Classmate Emmanuel Stewart rushed for a game-best 70 yards on 12 carries. Junior Colton Randle added 64 yards on just eight carries.

= Senior inside linebacker Tim McPhee led Adrian with 13 total tackles to surpass his career best again.

= Classmate Lawrence Austin added 11 total stops on defense, including a game-high six solo tackles. Both he and McPhee had an interception and pass break-up.

= Wurzer finished with 309 yards passing on 17 completions in 20 attempts and did not get picked off. His 85.0 completion percentage is believed to be the second-best mark in Adrian's single-game history.

THE OPPOSITION
= Kevin Torrillo was 29-for-50 passing with 277 yards, three TDs and two interceptions.

= Jamar Rutledge had 11 catches for 106 yards and a TD.

= Dupreme Robinson led the Bengals with nine tackles (3 solo).

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian jumped out to a 28-0 lead through late in the second quarter and never looked back. Wurzer and McGaw hooked up for TD passing plays of 15, 4 and 39 yards while junior Calvin Raker hauled in a 26-yard TD catch with 7 minutes and 52 seconds remaining in the second for a 14-0 advantage.

= Just before halftime, the Bengals got on the scoreboard with 11 seconds left as Rutledge caught a 15-yard score from Torrillo.

= The second half was more of the same for the Bulldogs, who matched their scoring offense from the first 30 minutes. The Wurzer to McGaw tandem electrified the home crowd with a 65-yard connection that made the Bulldogs lead 35-14 with 5:28 to go in the third quarter.

= Over the final 30 minutes, the Bengals had three long scoring drives of at least 12 plays and 65 yards. Jordan Evert caught a 29-yard pass from Torrillo (13 plays, 65 yards in 5:45) to make it 28-14 Adrian with 6:43 to go in the third. Torillo's 1-yard plunge at 14:10 of the fourth capped a 14-play, 66-yard drive in 6:18 to make it 35-21 Adrian. Nas Jackson scored the visitors' final TD on a 1-yard rush (15 plays, 75 yards in 6:37) with 4:46 remaining.  

= Adrian's last three scoring plays of the game were result of good field position for the offense in the fourth. Wurzer found McGaw for a 6-yard TD toss at 13:54 that was set up by a 78-yard kickoff return by freshman Antonio Goines. Next, Zachary Sajdak's punt of 13 yards was downed at his own 36 and the Adrian offense capitalized with the short field, seeing Stewart rush into the end zone from 38 yards at 11:23. Then, the Bengals attempted an onside kick after their final TD and Adrian got the ball at its 49. Randle would eventually score a rushing TD from 17 yards out at 1:51 to punctuate the win.

= Besides the scoreboard, Adrian also enjoyed holding statistical advantages: third-down efficiency, total yards (447-354), rushing yards (138-77) and total return yards (150-95).

= Buffalo State led in first downs (23-16) and time of possession (38:41 to 21:19).

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Adrian picks up its first win in three all-time meetings against Buffalo State, which made seven NCAA playoff appearances from 1992 to 1999. The teams were meeting for the first time since Sep. 18, 1999, when the Bengals won 42-27 in Buffalo, N.Y.

= The 83 points scored today were the most in the series and Adrian also set a series record with 56 points.

= Hartline had five TD receptions at Defiance College on Sep. 6, 2014.

= McGaw became the second Bulldog ever to amass 2,000 receiving yards in a career. With 2,249 yards, he lists second behind Justin Hemm (195-3024, 2009-12) on the all-time chart, and third with career receptions at 142. Ahead of McGaw are Hemm with 195 and Mitch Gabriele with 146 (1705 yards) from 2009-12.

= Before today, three Adrian quarterbacks tossed five TD passes in a single game--most recently by Aaron Tenney at Defiance four years ago--all to Hartline.

= Stewart is No. 2 on the NCAA Division III career rushing yards chart among ACTIVE student-athletes. He has 4,018 under his belt to become the only AC back to pass that milestone.

=The Bulldogs' 56 points are their most in a home opener since 2005 during a 61-14 romping of Heidelberg.

UP NEXT
= Adrian travels next Saturday to play Aurora (Ill.) University out of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Kickoff in Aurora, Ill., is scheduled for 2 p.m. EDT/1 p.m. CDT.  Video l Live stats

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