Defensive Lineman Damon Fuller Sets @AdrianCollegeFB Record in Shootout Loss at Lakeland University, 47-40

Damon Fuller now ranks first on the Adrian all-time list with 61 tackles for loss and is second in career sacks. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Damon Fuller now ranks first on the Adrian all-time list with 61 tackles for loss and is second in career sacks. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

PLYMOUTH, Wis.--Michael Whitley tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Dezmon Eddie with 65 seconds remaining to lift host Lakeland to a 47-40 victory over Adrian College in non-conference football action on Saturday.

= Final Score: Lakeland University 47, Adrian College 40

= Location: Taylor Field, Plymouth, Wis.; Weather: Cloudy and humid, 70 degrees, Wind SW 9 mph

= Records: Lakeland Muskies, 3-2 overall (1-0 NACC); Adrian Bulldogs, 2-3 overall (1-0 MIAA)

TOP DAWGS
= Junior running back Emmanuel Stewart rushed for a game-high 161 yards on 27 attempts and TDs of 2, 5 and 56 yards.

= Senior David Nutter also surpassed 100 yards on the ground by going for 150 on 26 carries and a TD.

= Senior lineman Damon Fuller led the defense that held the Muskies to just 66 yards rushing with three solo tackles (4 total), including a record-setting 10-yard sack. He also was credited with a quarterback hurry.

= Senior placekicker Cameron Cook connected on all four of his field goal attempts (39, 47, 26, 21 yards) and four extra-point tries. His 16 points breaks his own school record of 14 in a game, set earlier this season over Rockland.

= Junior outside linebacker Tim McPhee had a breakout game of six career tackles (4 solo) to pace the Bulldogs.

= Senior inside linebacker Jordan Freimark added four solo stops, followed by junior defensive back Chris Adams with four tackles (3 solo) and two pass break ups.

= Junior Jerron McGaw tied for game-high honors with five receptions, producing 105 yards.

THE OPPOSITION
= Whitley finished with 433 yards through the air on just 21 completions (39 attempts), throwing for seven touchdown passes to five different receivers.

= Eddie ended up with 123 yards receiving on just three catches--touchdowns of 58, 54 and the game-winner of 11 yards under a minute to play.

= Jody Harrison caught five passes for 110 yards, including an 18-yard TD reception for a 13-7 lead in the early going.

= Eldrada Meeks also had a game-best five catches for 41 yards, including an 18-yard TD for a 40-33 lead at 8:10 in the fourth quarter.

= Jerry Stokes (6 solo) and Dajuan Darling (8 solo) led the Muskies with 11 and 10 tackles, respectively. Stokes had four tackles for loss of 12 yards, including a sack for nine.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= After Adrian tied the score 40-all, Lakeland took the next possession and marched 65 yards on six plays in 1:45 for the game-winning TD drive. After the Adrian kickoff went out of bounds to place the ball on his own 35, Whitley completed a 38-yard pass to Harrison down to the Adrian 29 as the key play.

= With 56 seconds left, Adrian had one final possession and the Bulldogs eventually got down to the Lakeland 17 after Hunter Hamm passes to McGaw of 25 and 12 yards sandwiched around a 17-yard toss to Stewart. However, Oman Smothers intercepted Hamm in the end zone on first and 10 to squash the potential game-tying drive. The Muskies ran out the clock to seal the victory.

= The Bulldogs had pulled even at 40-40 with 2:54 to go as Nutter found the end zone from 15 yards out, capping an impressive 13-play, 86-yard drive in 5:07.

= The teams combined for 985 yards of total offense with LU holding a slight 499 to 486 edge. Adrian held the time of possession, 37:24 to 22:36, and in first downs, 26-21.

= The contest featured five ties and two lead changes, and the largest lead by other side was seven points. Neither team had a fumble and there was only one turnover in 144 plays combined.

= Adrian's first lead came on Stewart 5-yard run to make it 17-13 at the 8:57 mark in the second quarter and Cook's second field goal of the first half--47 yards--extended the advantage to 20-13.

= Lakeland didn't trail again after Eddie hauled in a 58-yard TD reception from Whitley to close the third-quarter scoring, 26-23 at the 3:09 mark.

= The teams combined for 38 points in the final stanza alone.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE
= Fuller has 61 tackles for loss to surpass Michael Lewis (60-1/2 from 2002-05) for No. 1 in school history. Fuller's 311 loss in yardage is second only behind Lewis, 336.

= Stewart now has 10 rushing TDs this season to break the all-time record with 33. AC Athletic Hall of Fame member Wayne Roedel had the most in school history with 32, in 1984 and 86-87.

= On the Adrian all-time scoring chart, Stewart moved past Roedel (192) and kicker James Spencer (203 on 104 PAT, 33 FG from 2003-06) as the new record holder with 204 points. Cook ties Roedel for third place at 192.

= McGaw needs three receptions and 153 yards to enter the top-10 in both categories in AC history.

UP NEXT
= The Bulldogs return to Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association play for the duration of the season next Saturday at Hope College, starting at 6 p.m. Video l LiveStats

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