Sept. 3, 2010

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Courtesy of Grand Valley State Athletics

Allendale, Mich. - Second-ranked Grand Valley State gave first-year head coach Matt Mitchell a hard-fought 34-31 victory over No. 8 West Texas A&M Thursday (Sept. 2) before a crowd of 13,128. GVSU (1-0) will host No. 18 Hillsdale College next Saturday (Sept. 11). GVSU has won 10 straight season-openers, 26 straight regular season home games and 95-of-its-last-100 games overall.

GVSU started the year strong points on its first two drives. PK Jay Jandasek finished an 8-play, 38-yard drive that took 3:10 off the clock with a 37-yard field goal. The Lakers then drove 93 yards in 14 plays, culminated with a 3-yard TD run by senior RB Justin Sherrod. West Texas A&M then scored 17 straight points to take a 17-10 lead. The Buffaloes were driving late in the first half, but freshman LB Luther Ware picked off the first of his two passes and returned it 31 yards to the WTAMU 33 yard line. Luke Briggs kicked a 24 yard field goal with no time left in the first half to pull within four (17-13) at the half.

The Lakers drove 56 yards in nine plays to open the second half, but once again stalled in the red zone had to rely on a Briggs 21 yard field goal to pull within one (17-16). West Texas A&M pushed its lead out to 24-16 and found itself driving again, but the GVSU defense came through with a big fourth-down stop. Senior QB Kyle McMahon found junior WR Jovone Augustus deep down field for a 70-yard pass and catch for a score. Following a 5-yard WTAM punt, McMahon drove GVSU 66 yards in seven plays, culminating with a 20-yard TD pass to Greg Gay. Ware then picked off his second pass of the day and McMahon scored on a 14-yard run to give GVSU a 34-24 lead with 8:40 left in the game. Freshman DB Michael Hatcher thwarted one drive with a pick in the endzone, but the Buffaloes would not go away and scored just over a minute left in the game. GVSU recovered the onside kick and picked up a first down to seal the win.

Senior RB Justin Sherrod rushed 14 times for 73 yards, while McMahon added 61 yards on 17 carries. McMahon completed 17-of-32 passes for 295 yards and two TDs. Augustus hauled in three receptions for 107 yards, while Sherrod caught seven passes for 77 yards. Justin Victor led the way with 11 tackles.