SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University football team fell to No. 5 Saint Xavier (Ill.) University 45-13 on Saturday, September 7 in Southfield, Mich.
Lawrence Tech (0-1) took the opening kick, but after a three-and-out, the Cougars got the ball. It took just one play for Saint Xavier to take a 7-0 lead as Vance McShane hit the outside and ran the sideline for 60 yards. McShane made it 14-0 on a five yard run to finish the first quarter up 14-0.
In the second quarter, the Blue Devils cut the lead to 21-7, but a flag negated the touchdown forcing the Blue Devils to turn the ball over on downs. The Cougars responded with another touchdown, this one a 22 yard pass from Alex Martinez to Justin Pringle to push Saint Xavier to a 28-0 lead.
The Lawrence Tech's defense held the Cougars to a field goal on the next drive to make it 31-0. The Blue Devils responded with a fumble recovery that led to a 36-yard field goal for Brad Gibson to make it 31-3. The Cougars added one more touchdown before the half to take a 38-3 lead into the break.
The Cougars opened the second half with a 48 yard touchdown pass from Martinez to Simmons to make it 45-3, but it was the lone score of the second half for Saint Xavier. Derrick Hinton Jr. scored the first Blue Devils touchdown of the season, his first collegiate touchdown, on a 22 yard pass from Tyler Kulka to cut the lead to 45-10. Gibson made 45-13 with his second field goal of the game to end the third quarter.
Both teams battled in the fourth quarter as they held the Cougars scoreless in the final 15 minutes. They finished the game with a six play, 32 yard drive to end the game. The Blue Devils finished the game with 13 first downs and finished with 304 total yards. Kulka went 9-for-27 for 150 yards including a 71 yard toss. Ahmad Sabbagh recorded 85 yards on 19 attempts for a 4.5 yards per attempt while Tanner Foley added 44 yards on 4.9 yards per carry.
Kendyl Williams was the top receiver with 81 yards on two catches while averaging 40.5 yards per catch. CJ Thompson added 41 yards on four catches for 10.3 average while Hinton scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 22 yard catch. Brad Gibson was perfect on field goals, hitting both including an extra point attempt.
Defensively, Daniel Macks led the way with nine tackles - two assisted - while Keivlan Griffith added six tackles - three solo and forced a fumble. Drake Barry had three tackles for a loss to got with four total tackles.
"It felt really good," said Tyler Kulka about getting out and playing against another team. "I think they are a really good team and they really, really rushed the passer well they had they had good coverage and they played well offensively.
"And for us, we just got-to-keep building, this is a learning experience because you know against the number five team you expect us not to do much but to be honest we were doing stuff our checks were there we were making plays. You know we were getting drives going and our defense made some key stops. So it just it just comes as a learning experience we're all young and we're just going to keep building keep grinding and keep learning. And becoming the best LTU football team we can be."