Nov. 20, 2010

Courtesy of GVSU

Allendale, Mich. - No. 6 Grand Valley State jumped out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back en route to a 35-13 NCAA DII Playoff victory over No. 16 Colorado Mines Saturay (Nov. 20) at Lubbers Stadium. GVSU (11-1) will hit the road for a second-round playoff game at Augustana (S.D.) next Saturday (Nov. 27) at a time to be determined.

Grand Valley State used a pair of Kyle McMahon touchdown runs in the first half to build a 14-0 lead after 30 minutes of action. GVSU converted a fake punt on a fourth and two play midway through the first quarter that led to a McMahon 9-yard TD run. McMahon led GVSU on a 9-play, 51-yard scoring drive early in the second quarter. He completed passes of 15 and 18 yards to senior WR Ryan Bass, then finished the drive with a 19-yard TD run. Senior PK Luke Briggs added both PATs.

The Lakers took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 74 yards in 10 plays for a score. McMahon hit junior WR Jovonne Augustus with a short hitch pass that he took 25 yards for a TD. GVSU put the game away on their next possession, driving 96 yards in 11 plays as McMahon hit senior RB Justin Sherrod with a pass out of the backfield that he took 13 yards for a TD. The 96 yard drive was a season long.

The Oredigger defense came up with their first points of the game when they caused a McMahon fumble when was being sacked in the endzone. Defensive tackle Caleb Anderson recoved the ball for a TD. McMahon drove the Lakers 61 yards in four plays on the following possession and he concluded the drive with a 31-yard TD pass to Augustus for a 35-6 lead. Colorado Mines added a late TD versus the Lakers' second team defense for the final 35-13 margin.

The Laker defense tallied tied a single-game overall and playoff record with 10 QB sacks. Senior LB Justin Victor recorded 3.5 sacks (-28), the third-best single-game total in Laker football history, while Luther Ware added 3.0 (-20). Sophomore DE Ryan Pettis added two QB sacks (-13) and Nick Lawrence chipped in 1.5 (-10) sacks and three QB hurries. GVSU held Colorado Mines to -56 yards rushing, the second-best negative yards rushing total in school history behind Mercyhurst's -70 in 1999. The 10 QB sacks equalled GVSU totals versus East Stroudsburg in the 2005 semifinals, at Saginaw Valley State in the 2003 playoffs and at St. Joseph's in 2006. In addition to 10 QB sacks, GVSU tallied 14 tackles for loss (-57).

McMahon completed 13-of-22 passes for 216 yards and three TDs, while also rushing for 22 yards and two TDs. Sherrod rushed for 94 yards on 12 carries, while Norman Shuford chipped in 40 yards on eight carries. Bass caught five passes for 89 yards, while Augustus pulled down three catches for 67 yards and two TDs. Sherrod added 40 yards on two receptions. Safety Matt Bakker and Victor led the way with 10 tackles each. LB Luther Ware chipped in eight tackles and returned an interception 36 yards. DB Chris Huley returned an interception 36 yards and CB Rob Carlisle added three pass breakups.