Wayne State is probably the most unglamorous team in America with a 7-2 record. This ain’t a fashion show though and the Warriors did what they had to do in order to get past Hillsdale 14-7 in Detroit.
Hillsdale outgained Wayne State in total yardage but the Warriors held Hillsdale twice on fourth down thwarting 1st quarter Charger drives. A fumble and 2 interceptions kept the Chargers from finding the endzone as well.
The biggest bright for Hillsdale came as they got their only points on a beautiful Troy Weatherhead to Vinnie Panizzi strike in the first quarter that covered 36 yards.
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Transcript of live blog from WSU website
Brad Monastiere, Hillsdale College Sports Information Director’s recap:
Wayne State edges Hillsdale 14-7 in defensive struggle
October 25, 2008 – On a cold, windy day in Detroit, the Hillsdale College football team got shut down by one of the best defenses in the GLIAC, as the Chargers lost 14-7 to Wayne State University. Hillsdale drops to 5-4 overall and 4-4 in the GLIAC, while the Warriors improve to 7-2 on the season.
In the lowest-scoring game played by the Chargers in nearly two years, the Wayne State running back duo of Joique Bell and Daryl Graham made the difference in a long drive late in the fourth quarter for what turned out to be the game-deciding score.
Bell scored from one yard out, capping an 11-play, 67-yard drive that took 5:35 off the clock and broke a 7-7 tie with 2:47 remaining in the game. The Chargers had two more possessions in the final two minutes, but were unable to score against an athletic and stingy Warrior defense. This game marked the fewest points scored by a Hillsdale team since Oct. 15, 2005, in a 7-3 loss to Ashland. The Chargers had averaged 31.5 points per game against Wayne State in the past four meetings between the two teams.
Hillsdale’s offense did a good job of moving the ball against Wayne State. The Chargers gained 341 yards of total offense compared to 309 by the Warriors. But Hillsdale turned the ball over three times, twice on interceptions and once on a fumble at the Wayne State one-yard-line. Although Wayne State passed for just 96 yards, the team didn’t commit a single turnover and held a seven-minute edge in time of possession in the game.
The Chargers took an early 7-0 lead on a 36-yard touchdown pass from sophomore QB Troy Weatherhead to junior WR A.J. Kegg. Less than halfway through the first quarter, the Chargers held a 7-0 lead. But those would be the final points scored by Hillsdale on the day, as Wayne State showed why it’s ranked second in the GLIAC in average points allowed per game.