SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – The Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University football team returned to their winning ways with a 34-14 win over Wisconsin Lutheran on Saturday afternoon at Blue Devils Stadium in Southfield, Mich. The Blue Devils put up a program record 558 total yards while Tanner Foley broke the program record for most rushing yards in a game with 186.
Lawrence Tech (1-1) defense opened the game with a three-and-out, giving up just six yards on the Warriors first offensive possession. The Blue Devils would have to punt on the next possession, but the defense set up the Blue Devils with a turnover on downs. That led to a five play drive that ended with a 51-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Kulka to Derrick Hinton Jr. for the early 6-0 lead. Brad Gibson made the extra point attempt to make it 7-0.
The Blue Devils defense did not relent, holding the Warriors to three three-and-outs in the first half as well as four punts. The Blue Devils Christian Clark-Broaden made his first collegiate interception in the first half, setting the Blue Devils up for a touchdown. It was the repsonse LTU was looking for after fumbling the ball on the previous possession.
While the Lawrence Tech defense was making stops, the offense was putting points on the board with Hinton and Kulka locking up for a 12-yard touchdown pass to push the lead to 14-0 to start the second quarter. Two minutes later, the Blue Devils Tanner Foley scampered 26 yards for his first touchdown of the season, the fourth of his career to make it 21-0 Blue Devils.
Brad Gibson made it a 24-0 game with a 20-yard field goal for the final points of the first half. Kulka finished the half with 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Hinton scored two touchdowns on 88 yards.
Wisconsin Lutheran (0-2) opened the second half with a 74-yard touchdown pass from Nick Yockey to Gabe Luce to cut the lead to 24-6. The Warriors went for the two-point conversion and got it with a good pass to Alan Jackson to make it 24-8.
Lawrence Tech answered with a three-play, 71-yard drive that finished with a 66-yard touchdown pass from Kulka to Kendyl Williams for a 31-8 lead. That catch gave the Blue Devils a pair of 100-yard receivers on the day. The Warriors added a second touchdown on the following drive as Yockey he Gavin Winter for a 23-yard touchdown reception as they inch closer to the Blue Devils at 31-14. They missed the two-point conversion.
Gibson ended the third quarter with a 25-yard field goal for the final of 34-14.
Blue Devils By the Numbers
- 31 - Lawrence Tech finished with 31 first downs – 10 passing and 20 rushing.
- 42 - Lawrence Tech went 5-for-12 on third down plays for a 42 percent efficiency.
- 4 - The Blue Devils defense held the Warriors to 4-for-11 on third-down plays and held them to 0 fourth down conversions.
- 558 - The Blue Devils amassed 558 total yards, a program record for most yards in a game. They finished with 555 yards against Trinity Bible last season on Sept. 8, 2018.
- 287 - Tyler Kulka's 287 yards passing ranks as his second best game in his collegiate career. He threw for 441 yards to end the 2018 season at Indiana Wesleyan.
- 186 - Tanner Foley had a career day with 186 yards on 23 touches, outdoing his career high of 148 at Wisconsin Lutheran last year.
- 130 - Derrick Hinton Jr. had a career day with 130 yards on nine catches with two touchdowns. He averaged 14.4 yards per catch and went 51-yards for his longest TD run of the day.
- 103 - Kendyl Williams finished the day with 103 yards and a touchdown including a 66-yard touchdown catch which ranks second longest TD catch in his collegiate career.
- 1 - Christian Clark-Broaden and Ryan Crowley both had interceptions in today's game, marking their first collegiate interceptions.
- 6 - Daniel Macks and Drake Barry both finished with six tackles while Macks added a pass breakup.
- 1 - Mitch Waters and Will Stertz each recorded a TFL with Stertz adding a sack, his first since last year's home opener on September 1.
The Blue Devils return to action on Saturday, September 21 when they travel to Boubonnais, Ill. to face Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) University. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. EDT (1 p.m. CDT).