ADRIAN, Mich.--Visiting Wisconsin-Stevens Point scored a defensive touchdown in each half to spoil Adrian College's Homecoming on Saturday in a non-conference game that was a lot closer than the final score of 44-19 would appear.
= Final Score: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 44, Adrian College 19
= Location: Docking Stadium, Adrian, Mich.; Weather: Sunny, 75 degrees, Wind slight
= Records: UWSP Pointers (3-0); Adrian Bulldogs (1-2)
= Sophomore quarterback Gage Smith came off the bench to set career highs for completions (16), attempts (27) and yards (220) in his 2016 debut.
= Junior running back David Nutter ran 15 times for a punishing 62 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
= Sophomore wide receivers Darius Philon and Jerron McGaw each had a career day. Philon had a personal-record 120 yards to pace all players on five catches, and McGaw grabbed a PR-nine receptions for 85 yards.
= Darin Ward led in rushing with 52 yards on 11 carries.
= Four quarterbacks combined for 279 yards passing on 18-of-21 and a pair of touchdowns. Ryan Swigart came off the bench to lead the way with 6-for-8, 163 yards and a TD.
= Jared Pankow had four receptions for 92 yards and a TD.
= Defensively, Juleyan Givens (8 solo) and Brad Birkhauser (4 solo) paced UWSP with 12 total tackles apiece.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= The host Bulldogs outgained the Pointers 436 to 408 in total yards, had a 25-19 advantage in first downs and held a 32:09 to 27:51 edge in time of possession.
= Holding a slim 13-7 lead late in the second quarter, the UWSP defense was on its heels as Adrian marched down to the 10 yard line of the Pointers. But a hit forced Nutter to fumble and Kevin Sanchez scooped up the loose ball to run the other way for a 90-yard return for a touchdown to close the scoring in the first half.
= To open the third quarter, a bad punt gave UWSP good field position at the 50 and the Pointers capitalized on the short field to go up 27-7 with 9 minutes and 12 seconds left. Swigart found Pankow for a 35-yard catch-and-run to cap the TD scoring drive in 3:15.
= About 4 minutes later, Givens returned an interception for 58 yards and a TD as UWSP opened up its widest lead at 34-7.
= But Adrian wouldn't give up and responded with 12 unanswered points to pull within 34-19 with 13:56 left in the fourth. Nutter capped a five-play, 69-yard drive in 2 minutes with a 1-yard TD run, then Smith-McGaw connected for a 40-yard TD pass to wrap up a drive in just 57 seconds covering 62 yards in three plays.
= UWSP, however, scored some insurance points with a 22-yard field goal and used short field again for the last TD of the game. Britton Vernon's 2-yard run capped a three-play, 46-yard in 96 seconds. The 10 points were scored at 11:19 and 9:10 showing on the clock, respectively.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= This was the first meeting between the two schools in football.
= UW-Stevens Point competes in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference which currently has three schools nationally ranked in the D3football.com Top-10 and has produced eight NCAA Division III football championships since 1992.
= With 136 punting yards today, junior Connor Storms now has 4,333 for his career, moving him into sixth-place in Adrian history. He passed Jim Allshouse who had 4,327 from 1974-75.
= Fuller had one sack for eight yards today to give him 24-1/2 in his career--which is second on the Bulldogs' all-time list. He leads the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association in that category this fall with four.
= Adrian junior Jacob Davis ranks 11th on the school's career chart with 515 kickoff return yards.
= The Bulldogs are now 4-3 in Homecoming games under Coach Jim Deere '89.
= Nutter has five TDs scored on the season to rank second in the MIAA.
= Adrian College was proud to host the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team™ and the group was recognized at halftime. For more information on the organization, please visit their website. Earlier in the day, they played a pair of exhibition contests before an overflow throng of 775 at the home of Bulldog Baseball, Nicolay Field.
= Adrian, the preseason favorite in the MIAA race, opens up MIAA play at defending conference co-champion Albion College next Saturday (1 p.m.).
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