Bulldogs Boot Wisconsin Lutheran in Double Overtime Homecoming Victory, 32-29

Senior Colton Randle rushed for a career-best 207 yards to help Adrian defeat Wisconsin Lutheran, 32-29, in double overtime. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Colton Randle rushed for a career-best 207 yards to help Adrian defeat Wisconsin Lutheran, 32-29, in double overtime. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Sophomore kicker Cooper West converted a 26-yard field goal in the second overtime to lift Adrian College to a 32-29 non-conference football Homecoming victory on Saturday. Senior Colton Randle added a career-high 207 yards rushing as part of the Bulldogs' 354-yard effort on the ground.

= Final Score: Adrian College 32, Wisconsin Lutheran College 29 (double overtime)

= Location: Kapnick Field at Docking Stadium; Weather: Sunny, 86 degrees, Wind SW 10 mph

= Records: Wisconsin Lutheran Warriors 0-3 overall, 0-0 NACC; Adrian Bulldogs 1-2 overall, 0-0 MIAA

TOP DAWGS
= Randle is the first Bulldog this season to go over 200 yards rushing, averaging 7.7 yards on 27 carries.

= Freshman running back Jerome Neal added 103 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns.

= Junior wide receiver Henry Wilson had five receptions for 119 yards.

= On defense, freshman linebacker Sam Madrid led the Bulldogs with seven total stops. Sophomore defensive back Brandon Kwiatkowski contributed six total stops (4 solo).

= Sophomore quarterback Jack Wurzer was 18-for-34 for 197 yards passing.

THE OPPOSITION
= Nick Yockey completed 24 of 53 passes for 391 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted four times.

= Mykael Ignaszak led all student-athletes with nine tackles and 16 total, including three-and-a-half for a loss of 15 yards, plus he had a key interception late.

= Ty Castillo (9 solo) and Jody Styczynski (7 solo) had 12 total stops apiece.

= Alan Jackson rushed 21 times for 87 yards and two TDs.

= Gabe Luce had four receptions for 89 yards and Sam Boone had three for 84 to go along with a TD catch.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= The last five minutes of regulation and both overtimes saw many twists and turns that put the home throng in a frenzy. WLC's Jake Buhler missed a 30-yard field goal to the left that would have sent the contest into a third extra session. The Adrian defense stopped the Warriors' first possession in overtime on an interception at the 5-yard line by senior Shawn Starks. Adrian had a chance to win it in the first overtime but West's 40-yard attempt missed to the right.

= With 5 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, West made a 29-yard field goal to cap a 12-play, 54-yard drive in 5:14, giving the Bulldogs a seemingly comfortable 29-16 lead.

= The Warriors, however, scored a pair of TDs just 2:02 apart to send the game into overtime. With 3:41 left, Christopher Nickson caught an 8-yard TD pass from Yockey to cap a 79-second drive in five plays over 69 yards, making the score 29-23. WLC got the ball back on a turnover when Wurzer's pass was intercepted at the opponents' 23. Yockey promptly engineered a 5-play, 79-yard scoring drive in 54 seconds as Jackson scored from 2 yards out at the 1:39 mark. The Warriors had a chance to take their first lead of the game, but Buhler's extra-point was blocked by the AC defense to preserve the 29-all tie.

= Still, the Bulldogs had a chance to win on the last play of the game after West's line drive field goal missed right after the offense drove the ball 66 yards on seven plays in 99 seconds.

= Adrian built a solid 20-3 lead at the halftime intermission. Neal scored on a 13-yard run to open the scoring at the 7:02 first quarter mark, which capped a 12-play, 90-yard drive in 5:16. Then Wurzer plunged into the end zone from 1-yard out with 7 seconds remaining to complete a 71-yard drive in 12 plays and 4:37 time of possession. After a Buhler 25-yard field goal at 3:42 of the second, Randle rumbled for 75 yards and a TD on the first play after the ensuing kickoff just 13 seconds later. 

= The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter. Wisconsin Lutheran took advantage of an Adrian fumble that eventually led to a Jackson 1-yard TD dive with 12:54 left. Adrian countered on its next possession, driving 79 yards on eight plays in 2:52 to conclude with a Neal 2-yard TD run. The Bulldogs led 26-10 going into the final stanza. 

= The Warriors drew to 26-16 after getting the opening score of the fourth quarter, when Boone hauled in a 55-yard TD pass from Yockey at the 10:04 mark. That set the stage for a wild conclusion to the afternoon.

= The Bulldogs rolled up a season-high 551 yards of total offense to 482 for the Warriors, who had 391 through the air.

= The team combined for eight fumbles, with five lost. Wisconsin Lutheran had six turnovers to four for the Bulldogs. The Warriors scored 14 points off miscues while Adrian tallied seven.

= Adrian missed two extra points while WLC missed one, plus a two-point conversion attempt. 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Wisconsin Lutheran, which was a football-only member of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association from 2002 to 2007, is currently affiliated with the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

= Adrian will play its MIAA schedule for the rest of the season.

= The Bulldogs move to 9-3 lifetime against WLC, including 5-1 at home. The Warriors' last win of the series was 2014 by a 17-7 score.

= The four interceptions by the AC defense are the most in four seasons when the Bulldogs also had four against Alma College on Oct. 10, 2015.  

= The 354 rushing yards churned up by the Bulldogs offense are the most since Adrian piled up a fifth-best 364 in school history against Defiance College on Sept. 5, 2015.

UP NEXT
= After a bye week, Adrian returns to action on Oct. 5 to open the month against MIAA foe Kalamazoo. The home tilt here at Docking Stadium is scheduled for a 5 p.m. kickoff.

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