MARION, Ind. -- The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University football team fell at Indiana Wesleyan 45-10 on Saturday, October 12 in Marion, Ind. It was the programs first game in the Mid-States Football Association Mideast League.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Lawrence Tech (1-4, 0-1) scored early as Brad Gibson hit a 42-yard field goal to cut the Indiana Wesleyan lead to 7-3. The Wildcats added a two-yard touchdown run to end the first quarter up 14-3. Lawrence Tech answered with a nine play, 70-yard drive with Mekai Otero catching an 11-yard pass from Tyler Kulka to cut it to a 14-10 lead with 10:49 left in the second quarter.
Indiana Wesleyan (4-1, 1-0) was able to respond, forcing three punts and and interception on the following four drives to go up 21-10 off a punt return for a touchdown to close out the first half. Zack Blair led the way for IWU in the first half while Kulka finished the half with 80 yards passing and one touchdown.
Lawrence Tech started the second half on offense, but after a 25-yard catch from Kendyl Williams, the Blue Devils drive stalled at the Lawrence Tech 36. The LTU defense answered the call, making the Wildcats go three-and-out on their next possession to give LTU a chance to cut into the 11-point lead.
Lawrence Tech had a chance to make it a one score game with 9:16 left in the third, but Brad Gibson's 48-yard field goal was just short, hitting the crossbar and bounced out to keep Indiana Wesleyan's lead at 11. The Wildcats would go up 28-10 on the next drive, going 69 yards, scoring off a four-yard rush from Jesse Deglow.
Indiana Wesleyan went on to add 17 points over the final 19 minutes of the game as the Wildcats defense caused two turnovers down the stretch to stymie the Blue Devils offense.
THE WRAP UP
Kulka finished the game 18-of-36 for 122 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions while Otero caught three passes for 23 yards and a touchdown to go with 33 yards rushing. Kendyl WIlliams led the team in receiving with 44 yards on five catches including a 16 yard catch. Gibson was 1-of-2 on field goals and 1-for-1 in extra points.
Ryan Crowley led the defensive unit in tackles with 10 including three solo tackles. LTU finished with six tackles for a loss as Cade Dickson, Daniel Macks, and Chris McCoy each had 1.5 TFL. Christian Clark-Broaden added a .5 TFL on three solo tackles with Cam Urbanick having the sixth TFL for the Blue Devils. The Lawrence Tech defense finished the game with 83 tackles, three sacks, and a pass breakup.
Indiana Wesleyan was led Zack Blair with 20 passing yards on 17 completions and two touchdowns. Brayden Smith caught eight passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns, including a 44-yard catch in the second half. Ben VonGunten hit a 47-yard field goal for the final points of the game.
FB | Blue Devils Fall at Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday afternoon. Tyler Kulka threw for 122 yards and a TD while Crowley finished with 10 tackles. Full stats: https://t.co/9n1b5kbbNo #BlueDevilsDare #HenryFordHealthSystem pic.twitter.com/AoZnxxhBVy— LTU Gameday Live (@LTUGamedayLive) October 12, 2019
The Blue Devils host No. 19 Siena Heights (Mich.) University on Saturday, Oct. 19, kicking off the Lawrence Tech Homecoming triple-header. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. EDT.