INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The Lawrence Technological University (Mich.) football team (1-6, 0-3) dropped a road contest to conference foe, No. 3 Marian (Ind.) Knights, on a rainy Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, Ind. The offense never got going the Blue Devils and they fell by a score of 46-0.
It was a wild start to the first quarter at Marian University as the Cade Dickson was able to force a fumble by the Knights' return man on the kickoff to start the game, and that fumble was recovered by Ze'veon McDonald at the Knights' 31 yard line. However, the Blue Devils were unable to put any points on the board. They were forced to settle for a field goal attempt from 41 yards out; the Knights were able to bust through the Blue Devil line and block the attempt, pick up the ball and return it to the Blue Devils' 17 yard line. It took just three plays for the Knights to get the ball across the goal line. Capping off the three play drive for the Knights was a four yard rush, and the extra point attempt was good to give the Knights a 7-0 lead. This was the only scoring in the first half. The Blue Devils outgained the Knights 35-29 in the first quarter. Through the air, Tyler Kulka threw for 26 yards in nine attempts.
Neither team was able to get anything going on their first drives of the second quarter with the rain playing a major factor. LTU lined up to punt and with the ball wet, the snap was mishandled and the Knights took over deep in Blue Devil territory. The Knights punched in another touchdown via the run from one yard out to go up 14-0. In their next drive, the Blue Devils were able to put together an eight play, 45 yard drive but stalled out on the Knights' 30 yard line and turned the ball over on downs. Taking over the ball on their own 30 yard line, the Knights marched down the field in 16 plays to score in the final minute of the first half. This put the Blue Devils back 0-21 heading into halftime.
Lawrence Tech received the ball to start the second half, but were unable to put a drive together, with the offense going three and out. The Blue Devils punted the ball away to the Knights, and the Knights took the kick 65 yards to the endzone. A missed extra point extended the Knights' lead to 27-0. It was a struggle to put together an effective drive for the Blue Devils yet again, but they were able to force and recover another special team's fumble by the Knights and took over at the Knights' 45 yard line. The Blue Devils were not able to turn the good field position into points. Three plays after getting the ball back from the Blue Devils, the Knights running back went 69 yards to the house. A two-point conversion was attempted by the Knights but failed, putting the Knights up 33-0. The Knights struck again with 2:43 left in the quarter and their lead grew to 0-40 over the Blue Devils.
Both teams were held in check for the early part of the fourth quarter. A costly fumble by LTU on their own 21 yard line was recovered by the Knights with 8:44 left on the clock The Knights were able to get another rushing touchdown to go up 0-46 over the Blue Devils with 7:14 left in the game. This was the last time either team would get points on the board, and game ended with the Blue Devils falling to the Knights by a score of 0-46.
Kendyl Williams led the Blue Devils with 76 all-purpose yards in the game, including 56 kick return yards. The Lawrence Tech defense was led by defensive back Robbie Best who recorded 11 total tackles, with eight being solo. Best has had one pass breakup to his credit. McDonald also posted double digit tackles with 10.
The Blue Devils will be back at Blue Devil Stadium on Saturday, November 2nd to take on St. Francis (Ind.) University at 12:00 PM.