BULLDOGS 26, Ashland University 0
August 29 at Community Stadium - Ashland, Ohio
Ferris State ran its regular season unbeaten streak to 40 games with the win at Ashland. The Bulldogs took control of the game early, leading 9-0 after one quarter and 23-0 at halftime. FSU outgained the Eagles 389-138 and enjoyed a 236-47 advantage on the ground. Levi Baker started the scoring, returning a punt 67 yards for a TD with 8:50 left in the first quarter. Doc Proctor had a 20-yard field goal later in the quarter. FSU tailback Chris Pulliams completed the first half scoring with TD runs of one and 19-yards in the second quarter. He led all rushers with 91 yards on 22 carries.
Both teams were going with first-time starters at quarterback and Ferris got the better of the battle as sophomore Matt McCarthy completed 11 of 19 passes for 136 yards. Defensively, the Bulldogs posted seven QB sacks.
FSU has won the last four meetings with Ashland after dropping the first seven games of the series dating back to 1967. The Bulldogs have now won seven of their last eight season-opening games.
BULLDOGS 30, University of Indianapolis 19
Sept. 7 at Top Taggart Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
Top-ranked Ferris State remained on the winning track as the Bulldogs extended the nation's longest regular season unbeaten streak to 41 games by winning their home opener at Top Taggart Field. FSU scored 23 unanswered points in the first three quarters to overcome a 7-0 deficit before Indianapolis countered early in the final quarter with a pair of touchdowns to pull within 23-19 at the 8:03 mark. However, the Bulldogs accounted for the game's final points on senior tailback Chris Pulliams' 75-yard touchdown burst with 2:37 remaining to be played. Pulliams keyed the Ferris offense with three rushing touchdowns in the game, the previous two covering three yards each.
FSU sophomore quarterback quarterback Matt McCarthy completed 20 of 35 passes for 278 yards and one touchdown with senior flanker Levi Baker on the receiving end of 9 passes for 97 yards. The Bulldogs rolled up 420 yards in total offense to extend their winning streak to nine games over Indianapolis.
BULLDOGS 20, Hillsdale College 7
Sept. 14 at Top Taggart Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
Number One Ferris affirmed its first-ever top ranking by utilizing the "big play" ability of Jermaine Bell. The senior split end scored all three FSU touchdowns, including a 98-yard kickoff return to tie the game (7-7) at 10:53 of the second quarter.
After Bell's first TD, Bulldog defensive back Chris McCrimmon picked off a Hillsdale pass to set the stage for a 77-yard TD reception by Bell. FSU closed the scoring early in the fourth quarter when Bell caught a 17-yard TD pass from QB Matt McCarthy.
FSU senior tailback Chris Pulliams led all rushers with 162 yards on a school-record 40 carries while McCarthy completed 10-of-18 passes for two TD's. The swarming Bulldog defense held the Chargers to 11 first downs and 168 total yards.
Ferris extended the nation's longest regular season unbeaten streak to 42 games (40-0-2) with the victory.
Grand Valley State University 36, BULLDOGS 17
Sept. 21 at Lubbers Stadium - Allendale, Mich.
Ferris State had the nation's longest regular season unbeaten streak of 42 games (40-0-2) snapped with a 36-17 loss at Grand Valley. Ferris hadn't lost a regular season game since the third week of the 1992 season (36-14 to Hillsdale). The Bulldogs also saw their 27-game MIFC winning streak halted in addition to their 41 consecutive game (39-0-2) MIFC unbeaten streak.
FSU trailed 13-3 at halftime, but three quick turnovers led to a 20-point Laker outburst in the third quarter.
BULLDOGS 38, Northern Michigan University 33
Sept. 28 at Top Taggart Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
Ferris State quarterback Matt McCarthy passed for a season-high 372 yards and 3 TD's as the 15th-ranked Bulldogs withstood a fourth-quarter ralled by 14th-ranked Northern Michigan. Despite wet field conditions, the two teams combined for 1,011 yards in total offense.
Senior flanker Levi Baker caught 8 passes for 132 yards, while senior tailback Chris Pulliams rushed for 104 yards. An early 43-yard pass completion to freshman tailback Mo Harris sparked the Bulldogs to a 31-point outburst in the first half.
The Bulldog defense came up big when FSU sophomore cornerback Kelly Snell made two interceptions late in the game. Snell finished with a career-high 12 tackles, including 11 solos.
BULLDOGS 26, Wayne State University 7
Oct. 5 at Wayne State Stadium - Detroit, Mich.
Ferris State freshman tailback Mo Harris gained 172 yards on 25 carries and set a stadium record with a 91-yard TD run to ignite the Bulldogs. Ferris also scored on a 19-yard interception return by junior linebacker Jeff Fisher and a 5-yard pass reception by junior split end Jim Kerr.
A 26-yard field goal by freshman Doc Proctor and a blocked punt for a safety by sophomore Ben Delor rounded out the Bulldog scoring.
Defensively, the Bulldogs held Wayne State to 80 yards, while the offensive line helped Ferris amass 376 yards in total offense.
BULLDOGS 40, Northwood University 24
Oct. 12 at Top Taggart Field - Big Rapids, Mich.
The Bulldogs (6-1) win their 70th Homecoming by overcoming an early 14-0 deficit against upstart Northwood (4-3). Adam Polk rushed for 130 yards and Levi Baker caught 8 passes for 106 yards, including TD receptions of 33 and 6 yards. Chris Pulliams rushed for 95 yards and a 1-yard TD and added 4 catches for 35 yards to his offensive totals.
Quarterback Matt McCarthy completed 23-of-32 passes (72%) for 256 yards and 2 TD's. Ray Wilson was in on 6 catches for 70 yards for the explosive Bulldogs.
Defensively, Jim Lyman scooped up a fumble and lugged it 3-yards for a third quarter TD to give the Bulldogs a commanding 26-14 lead.
BULLDOGS 31, Michigan Tech University 6
Oct. 19 at Sherman Field - Houghton, Mich.
Sophomore QB Matt McCarthy completed 21-of-35 passes for 305 yards and two first quarter TD's to guide 7th-ranked Ferris (7-1) to the road win. McCarthy threw TD passes of 7 and 12 yards to junior wide receiver Ray Wilson to give FSU an early 14-0 lead.
In the third quarter, junior linebacker Jeff Fisher scored his second defensive touchdown of the season by returning a fumble 26-yards to paydirt. Another star of the game was senior receiver Levi Baker who caught a game-high 8 passes for 98 yards.
BULLDOGS 26, Saginaw Valley State University 17
Nov. 2 at Wickes Memorial Stadium, Saginaw, Mich.
Ferris, ranked third in NCAA Division II, won another wild game over 13th-ranked Saginaw Valley in front of a record 4,500 fans at Wickes Stadium. The Bulldogs wrapped up no less than a share of their fifth straight MIFC championship by taking advantage of six turnovers. The biggest turnover, an interception, sealed the victory when sophomore cornerback Kelly Snell returned it 92 yards for a TD with 1:44 left in the game. Snell picked off another pass with 30 seconds remaining to stymie SVSU. He added 10 solo tackles and was named the NCAA Division II "Defensive Player of the Week."
The lead changed hands four times, typical of this series. The winner has come from behind six of the last eight years.
FSU quarterback Matt McCarthy, who earlier hit Jermaine Bell for a 9-yard TD pass, connected with Levi Baker for a big 60-yard bomb early in the fourth quarter to set up a TD plunge by Chris Pulliams that put Ferris ahead to stay at 20-17. Baker finished the game with 4 receptions for 127 yards.
BULLDOGS 35, College of St. Francis 14
Nov. 9 at Joliet Memorial Stadium, Joliet, Ill.
Nationally third-ranked Ferris wrapped up another MIFC championship with a 35-14 victory at wind-blown Joliet Memorial Stadium. Jeff Pierce's Bulldogs have finished the regular season at 9-1 to win their fifth straight conference championship. The Bulldogs, who are 46-1-2 in their last 49 regular season games, will await word on their fifth straight bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Last year, Ferris made the NCAA semi-finals.
QB Matt McCarthy completed 22 of 37 passes for 284 yards and 2 TD's, including a 72-yard strike to Neil Mozdzierz in the fourth quarter to give the Bulldogs a 28-7 lead. Runningback Mo Harris was outstanding with 29 rushes for 137 yards and 3 TD's, highlighted by 23 and 28 yard scoring runs.
Receivers Ray Wilson and Jim Kerr combined for 17 catches and 182 yards. Wilson was on the receiving end of a 22-yard McCarthy TD toss.
Defensively, Jeff Fisher recovered 2 fumbles, the second of which set up the 72-yard bomb to Mozdzierz.
NCAA Division II Playoff bids will be announced Sunday, Nov. 17. The Bulldogs are ranked first in the NCAA II Northeast Region and will host a first-round playoff game, Nov. 23.
BULLDOGS 24, Indiana University of Pennsylvania 23
Nov. 23 at Top Taggart Field, Big Rapids, Mich.
In a stunning and heroic effort, the Ferris State Bulldogs rallied from a 23-0 second half deficit to shock IUP in the first round of the NCAA II Playoffs at FSU. The Bulldogs, 10-1 and No. 3-ranked, will host Clarion (Pa.) next Saturday (Nov. 30) in the NCAA Quarter-Finals at Top Taggart. Kickoff time will be 1 p.m.
Runningback Chris Pulliams scored on a 2-yard dive with only 15 seconds remaining in the game, and Big Rapids freshman Doc Proctor added the extra point after a Bulldog penalty to give Ferris the win and send the 1,349 chilled fans into a frenzy.
QB Matt McCarthy overcame two interceptions to finish the game with 292 passing yards on 22-35 completions (63%). He hit wide receiver Jermaine Bell with TD throws of 6 and 89 yards.
It was also the 12th straight home win for Ferris and the first time the Bulldogs had ever beaten IUP.
Clarion University of Pennsylvania 23, BULLDOGS 21
Nov. 30 at Top Taggart Field, Big Rapids, Mich.
The Bulldogs lost in the NCAA II Quarter-Finals to the Golden Eagles of Clarion, 23-21. A fourth-quarter safety that gave Clarion a 23-14 lead with 7:12 to play proved to be the difference in the game.
The Bulldogs finish their season at 10-2. Senior Levi Baker, playing in his final game, scored two first quarter TD's on a 70-yard pass reception/run and a 70-yard punt return. Ferris scored with 2:43 to go in the game on a 5-yard TD catch by Jermaine Bell, also playing his last game.
Ferris led 14-0 after one quarter and then 14-7 at half. Clarion rushed for 275 net yards while the Bulldogs rushed for 14 yards.
Ferris coach Jeff Pierce has a 2-year record of 22-3 and has taken teams to the semi-finals and quarter-finals of the NCAA II Playoffs.