Emmanuel Stewart Resets Adrian Single-Game Rushing Record Against Albion

Senior Emmanuel Stewart finds the end zone for one of his four touchdowns versus Albion Saturday. He finished with a school-record 283 yards rushing. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Emmanuel Stewart finds the end zone for one of his four touchdowns versus Albion Saturday. He finished with a school-record 283 yards rushing. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Senior running back Emmanuel Stewart rushed for an Adrian-record 283 yards and scored four touchdowns, but Justin Thomas caught a 40-yd pass from his brother Kyle with 4.3 seconds remaining to lift visiting Albion to a 49-42 come-from-behind victory over the Bulldogs on Saturday in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association action. 

= Final Score: Albion College 49, Adrian College 42

= Location: Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium; Weather: Partly Cloudy, 52 degrees, Wind W 14 mph

= Records: Albion Britons, 5-2 overall (2-2 MIAA); Adrian Bulldogs, 3-4 overall (1-3 MIAA) 

TOP DAWGS
= Stewart had 30 carries that including touchdown runs of 2, 6, 82 and 53 yards. 

= Freshman Jack Wurzer completed 17 of 30 passes for 203 yards and a pair of TDs. He threw two interceptions that were tipped.

= Junior Joe Cleary recorded a game-high five catches for 66 yards and two TDs.

= Senior Jerron McGaw led the team with 67 yards receiving on three grabs.

= Freshman outside linebacker Steven Moses had a career day of seven tackles and 15 total stops, including two sacks.

= Senior inside linebackers Nate Conner and Tim McPhee both had 10 total tackles (2 solo apiece). Conner added two pass breakups.

THE OPPOSITION
= Justin Thomas finished with four catches for 124 yards and three TDs.

= Levi Ladd tied Moses with a game-best 15 total tackles, including four solo. Ladd was followed by Malik Bozell with 10 tackles and Mitchell Arendsen with nine (1 solo). Arendsen also was credited with a forced fumble, three tackles for loss and a sack.

= Markell McCoy led Albion's ground game with 133 yards on 21 carries and a score, and Doug Freeman rushed for 78 yards on 10 attempts.

= Sam Blanzy averaged 42 yards on seven punts, including a booming 75-yard kick in the second half.

= Kyle Thomas finished 10-for-27 and 210 yards through the air, with four TDs and an interception.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= The game-winning scoring drive occurred after Albion got the ball on the Adrian 48 after a 19-yard punt against the wind, with 48 seconds to go. On the sixth play, the brothers Thomas connected for 40 yards as there was a miscommunication in the Bulldogs secondary that left Justin Thomas wide open for the catch at the 1-yard line and he ran into the back of the end zone.

= Albion began its comeback after trailing 27-14 to start the second half by taking advantage of two Adrian turnovers. On Adrian's first possession, Quinten Jackson picked up a fumble at the Adrian 24-yard line and returned it for a touchdown to help cut into the Bulldogs' lead 27-21 with 11 minutes and 53 seconds left in the third quarter. Later in the quarter, the Britons' Drew Shafer picked off Wurzer at the Albion 35 on the first play from scrimmage of Adrian's fourth possession of the half. Five plays later, Kyle Thomas threw an 11-yard TD pass to Blanzy and with the extra-point, the Britons led for the first time 28-27 at the 4:25 mark.

= Adrian, however, went back on top on the ensuing possession. Stewart rumbled 53 yards for the TD run and he caught the two-point conversion to put the Bulldogs up 35-28 at 3:05.

= The see-saw affair that was apparent in the second half continued on the Britons' next possession. Thomas-to-Thomas connected for the second time of the afternoon for 66 yards on a catch-and-run TD to knot the score 35-all at 2:28.

= Adrian opened the scoring in the fourth quarter as Cleary received a pass from Wurzer 17 yards out for a TD at 10:48. The Bulldogs led again 42-35.

= McCoy's 16-yard TD run helped tie the score 42-42 with 6:34 to go in the game, capping a four-play, 48-yard drive in 1:15.

= Adrian had two more possessions but couldn't get the go-ahead score, setting the stage for Albion's win in the final seconds.

= Things started well enough for Adrian, which held leads of 13-0, 20-7 and 27-7 in the first half. Stewart had TD runs of 2, 6 and 82 yards and Cleary had a nine-yard TD reception.

= Adrian barely outgained Albion 481-446, but dominated the time of possession, 38:36 to 21:24. Both teams had 22 first downs.

= The Bulldogs were 8-for-16 on third-down conversions and 0-for-3 on fourth down, while the Britons were 4-for-15 and 2-for-4, respectively.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Stewart originally set the school single-game rushing record of 281 yards (24 carries) on Oct 18, 2014, also against Albion. His 82-yard scamper at 8:51 of the second quarter ranks No. 3 in Bulldogs history for the longest rush from scrimmage.

= In the NCAA Division III statistical rankings before today, the Bulldogs were third in fewest fumbles lost (1) and also third with only four turnovers. But they committed three miscues that led to 14 Albion points.

= The 91 points combined are the most in the series, which Albion leads 56-31-1 all-time since it started in 1906. The 49 points by the winning team are the most since Oct. 21, 2000, when Albion prevailed 56-10 at home.

= Stewart, the NCAA's second all-time leading Division III rusher among active players, is approaching 5,000 yards for a career (4,898).

= The contest was suspended late in the second quarter due to weather that featured strong winds and driving rain. The delay lasted 50 minutes.

= McPhee is second in the MIAA with 8.9 tackles per game.

UP NEXT
= Adrian returns home next Saturday (1 p.m.) to host first-time opponent Finlandia University. The Lions are an affiliate member of the conference in football only.  

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