Homecoming Matchup With No. 2 Lakers Awaits Football On Saturday

Homecoming Matchup With No. 2 Lakers Awaits Football On Saturday

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio Dominican's football team will take on No. 2 Grand Valley State in its Homecoming matchup at noon Saturday in Panther Stadium.

This will be the fifth straight year the Panthers and Lakers have tangled, with three of the first four matchups being decided by less than a touchdown. Grand Valley took a 46-41 win in Allendale in 2012, followed by ODU victories of 57-14 in 2013 and 28-24 in 2014. GVSU won last year's contest 27-24.

This is the highest ranked opponent ODU has faced since its NAIA days when it defeated consecutive opponents who were ranked No. 2, St. Francis and St. Xavier, on Sept. 29, 2007, and Oct. 6, 2007, respectively.

The Panthers are coming off of a 21-10 win at Saginaw Valley last Saturday. ODU limited the Cardinals to 274 total yards, including just 41 rushing yards. The defense has allowed just 575 yards and 27 points over the last two weeks, along with just 2.8 yards per carry.

Gus Dimmerling and Billy Eakins each made eight tackles to help lead the way. The Panthers had eight tackles for loss, with Demetrius Farmer contributing two and Ross Thompson and Anthony Small each tallying 1.5.

Cory Contini had his second career 100 yard receiving game, finishing right at the century mark on nine catches. EJ Colson had 64 yards receiving and 23 yards rushing and Dar Stanford tallied 53 receiving yards. Grant Russell threw for 239 yards as well.

The Panthers led 14-0 at the break on short touchdown runs by Stanford and Justin Davis, and had a 247-58 edge in total yards at intermission. However, the offense started the second half with four three-and-outs and two fumbles to allow SVSU to draw within 14-10 midway through the fourth.

ODU responded, though, as Contini had two catches for first downs to help setup a 31 yard touchdown pass to Colson with 3:38 left to help put the game away. Tre McIntyre's interception on SVSU's ensuing possession sealed it.

The Panthers committed just two penalties in the game and are tied with Michigan Tech for the fewest penalties called against in the country (10) while ranking second in total penalty yardage (85).

QUICK HITS

• Since 2006, ODU has an overall record of 81-33 (.711 win percentage.) The Panthers are 35-8 in their last 43 games (.814 win percentage.) ODU has also won 34 of its last 40 regular season games (.850).
• Over the past 43 games, ODU has outscored opponents by 737 points, an average of 17.1 points per game. The Panthers have scored 30 or more points 29 times in that stretch and held opponents to 14 points or fewer 18 times.
• ODU is 36-6 against opponents from Ohio since 2007 (.857 win percentage.)
• The Panthers are 21-1 in their last 22 GLIAC South Division games (.955) and are also 21-3 in their last 24 regular season road games (.875).
• ODU is 37-1 in its last 38 games against unranked opponents, dating back to October 15, 2011.

Contact: Scott Miles
miless@ohiodominican.edu