Hillsdale.edu: Hillsdale College football team rallies for first win at Saginaw Valley State in 19 years, 38-35

Glendening’s career-high 244 yards pace Chargers
Hillsdale 38, Saginaw Valley State 35

October 1, 2011 – Sometimes, all you need is a good cup of Joe. And it’s even better if you have two.

One Joe had the biggest game of his collegiate career, and another Joe made the play of the game, as the Hillsdale College football team defeated Saginaw Valley State University 38-35 in a thrilling game Saturday night at SVSU’s homecoming. The Chargers, ranked 24th in the nation, are now 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the GLIAC, while the Cardinals suffered their first loss of the season, and are now 3-1.

Junior RB Joe Glendening turned in a magnificent performance, carrying the ball 42 times for a career-high 244 yards and three touchdowns. He made big plays throughout the game, but it was another Joe who made THE biggest play of the game, certainly on the defensive side of the ball.

Defensive lineman Joe Snyder sacked Cardinals QB Jonathon Jennings on a 3rd-and-10 play on the Cardinals’ final drive. SVSU failed to convert the subsequent 4th-and-17 play, which ended the home team’s final threat of the game. The sack not only put the Cardinals into a fourth-and-long situation, it knocked them well out of field goal range.

It was the first time the Chargers left SVSU’s Randall Wickes Stadium victorious since 1992, and was the team’s fourth win in a row this season. It was also the first time Hillsdale has beaten Saginaw Valley State in back-to-back years since 1992 and 1993.

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