SOUTHFIELD, Michigan – The Lawrence Technological University football program moved to 3-0 on the young season with a 62-0 rout of the club team from the University of Pittsburgh. The Blue Devils held the Panthers to negative yardage for the game while taking back two punt returns for scores.
Lawrence Tech's 3-0 start matches the program record for consecutive wins set by the 1939, 1940 and 1946 squads. Sixty-two points tops the team-record for points in a game set earlier this year versus Oakland (53).
Quarterback Tyler Kulka (FR/Clinton Township, MI) finished the afternoon 11-of-15 for 177 yards and three touchdowns. Kulka found three different receivers for his touchdown tosses. Terrel Cunningham (FR/Northsville, MI) led the Flight Club with three catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. Cam Jamison (FR/Burbank, WA) finished with 27 yards and a score, as Kavon Higdon (FR/Shelby Twp., MI)'s one reception on the day went for a 13-yard touchdown. Running back Mekai Otero (FR/Orlando, FL) broke the 100-yard barrier, finishing with 108 yards off of 16 carries.
After Kendyl Williams (FR/Lantana, FL) brought back the opening kickoff 93 yards to pay dirt and had it called back, the special teams corps finally broke one for a score with Higdon's 43-yard punt return in the second quarter. Pitt (0-1) was forced to punt on its ensuing possession, and Cam Mitchell (FR/Mount Clemens, MI) took the 41-yard boot back 77 yards to put LTU ahead 38-0.
The defense, entering the contest with allowing just 175.5 total yards per game, held the Panthers to negative five total yards (20 passing, -25 rushing). Pitt went just 1-12 on third down as LTU notched 14 tackles for loss.
Conner Grobbel (FR/Berkley, MI) was 2-of-3 with a long of 34 and a perfect 8-for-8 on point afters.
Defensive ends Matt Esterle (FR/Akron, OH) and Tommy Larson (FR/Whitelake, MI) led the Blue and White with six tackles apiece. Larson recorded a game-high 2.5 sacks. Ten different Blue Devils had at least one tackle for loss. Justin Knott (FR/Detroit, MI) has the first of two interceptions for LTU on the day. Defensive lineman Ryan Crane (FR/Reading, PA) scored on a 10-yard scoop-n-score, the defense's second of the season, which was forced by Dayton Siewert (FR/Stevensville, MI). Keivlan Griffith (FR/Russkin, FL) had the defense's second touchdown of the day, third of the year, with a 19-yard pick-six.
Lawrence Tech wasted no time in finding the endzone, as Williams took the opening kickoff back all the way but was called back. The drive started on Pitt's 34. Took LTU just five plays for Kulka to find Cunningham for a 32-yard strike.
Next possession for the Blue Devils, Kulka found Jamison from 18-yards out to go up two scores. Jamison had two catches for 27 yards in the series.
The lead inflated to 21-0 just a couple of minutes later as Kulka connected with Higdon running across the back of the endzone. Lawrence Tech had generous field possession to start the drive after a high snap forced the Panther's punter, Jake Rocchi, to retreat to his own goal line and just sneak the punt off.
Leading 38-0 coming out of half, Lawrence Tech's defense forced a turnover on downs just 1:46 into the third quarter. Mekai Otero took over on the drive, taking all five handoffs and wheeling off a 39-yard scamper, totaling 64 on the drive.
Both the defense's scores came in the fourth quarter of play. Just over a minute into the final frame, Griffith jumped in front of a pass from Matthew Mutone and took it back 19 yards on a second-and 10 situation for the Panthers. Crane's scoop-n-score came on a second-and-11. Siewert diagnosed the run and delivered a thump to the ball carrier, forcing it loose for Crane to pick up and run across the goal line.
The Blue Devils are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 22, at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti to take on the club program at Eastern Michigan University. It will be LTU's final game versus a club opponent this season.