Bulldogs Battle MIAA Leader Olivet on the Road in 21-17 Loss

Clarence Madison. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Clarence Madison. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

OLIVET, Mich.--Adrian College sophomore Clarence Madison led all receivers with six receptions and 87 yards with a touchdown, but it wasn't enough as host Olivet generated a Bulldogs turnover in the closing minutes to preserve a 21-17 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football win on Saturday.

= Final Score: Olivet College 21, Adrian College 17

= Location: Cutler Athletic Complex; Weather: Sunny, 45 degrees, Wind SW 14 mph

= Records: Olivet Comets 5-0 overall, 2-0 MIAA; Adrian Bulldogs 2-3 overall, 1-1 MIAA

= Sophomore quarterback Jack Wurzer was 16-for-31 with 212 yards passing, a pair of touchdowns and an interception.

= On defense, sophomore defensive back Brandon Kwiatkowski posted game-bests of six tackles and 11 total, plus he forced a fumble. Freshman lineman Kevin Smitherman (5 solo), sophomore defensive back Steven Moses (5 solo) and junior defensive back Danny White (5 solo) added eight, seven and five total tackles, respectively.

= Kaleb Jarrett threw for 210 yards on 14 completions in 26 attempts and a TD.

= Noah McMinn had game highs of 30 carries and 237 yards, plus a TD.

= Spencer Mort grabbed three catches for a team-best 74 yards with a TD.

= Andrew Campbell led the Comets defense with six stops and seven total.

= Late in the fourth quarter and Olivet holding a slim 21-17 lead, the Adrian defense stopped Noah McMinn on a 2-yard rushing loss on 4th and 1 to the Adrian 48-yard line, turning the ball over to the offense on downs with great field position. The Bulldogs' last drive started with 7 minutes and 10 seconds left as Wurzer found junior wide receiver Henry Wilson on a 26-yard completion to the OC 31 on 3rd and 8. Two plays later, Anthony Merriman dashed Adrian's hopes for a comeback when he intercepted a pass that tipped off the hands of an AC receiver at the 6, returning it to his own 35. The Comets ran out the final 3:44 to earn the victory on Homecoming.

= The Comets took the lead for good at the 13:46 mark when McMinn ran up the middle for a 34-yard TD and the extra point gave OC a four-point lead.

= Olivet had a chance to add to its lead about 2 minutes later, but Kwiatkowski punched the ball out of McMinn's hands for the fumble after a gain of 63 yards to the AC 20 where Moses recovered. Despite the fact that Adrian couldn't score on its next possession after the takeaway, the would-be TD was negated to keep the Bulldogs in the contest. 

= The Bulldogs took the lead at 2:53 of the third quarter when Madison hauled in a 52-yard TD catch-and-run. Adrian led 17-14.

= Olivet opened the second-half scoring on a Jake Trujillo 6-yard TD run for a 14-10 advantage.

= Adrian took its first lead of the afternoon just 4 seconds into the second quarter. Senior running back Colton Randle caught a 4-yard TD pass from Wurzer to make it 10-7.

= The teams traded scores in the opening stanza as Olivet went ahead 7-0 during the first possession on the strength of a Jarrettt-to-Mort 36-yard TD pass to cap a 70-yard drive in five plays and 3:06 off the clock. Sophomore Cooper West kicked a 31-yard field goal to bring Adrian within 7-3 at the 3:21 mark.

= The Comets held advantages in several key statistical categories including first downs (21-12), time of possession (33:31-25:59), total yards (468-278) and rushing yards (258-66).

= Adrian kept several drives alive by going 7-for-15 on third downs for a 47.0 percent success rate.

= Despite the loss, Adrian still holds a commanding 47-28-1 lead in the all-time series with Olivet.

= Olivet also was the Homecoming opponent for Adrian last season when the visiting Comets came away with a 50-22 victory.

= Wurzer remains the MIAA's leader with 236.6 yards passing per game.

= McMinn tops the conference in rushing average at 124.6 per game and he is tied for third with six rushing TDs.

= Adrian returns home to Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium next Saturday against MIAA foe Alma, starting at 5 p.m. It will be Family Weekend for the Bulldogs. 

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