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Grand Valley State Defeats Truman 42-7

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KIRKSVILLE, Mo. – Grand Valley State quarterback Bart Williams completed his first 15 passes and the #7 Lakers scored on every possession of the first half to defeat the Truman Bulldogs 42-7 on Saturday.

Williams was perfect for the first half going 15-of-15 for 290 yards and three touchdowns. The Division II record for consecutive completed passes was 18 and Williams was short on his first pass attempt of the third quarter.

Grand Valley took the opening kickoff and marched 75 yards in six plays to take the lead.

The Bulldogs punched right back. Jaden Barr came out with an 11-yard run for a first down on the Bulldogs first play. He found Drew Slager for 21 yards on the next play to cross midfield at the Laker 46. On third and nine, Barr hit Jake Ellis for 20 yards to keep the drive alive. Three plays later Jordan Salima broke free from 10 yards out and the score was tied at seven apiece. It was only the second time in 19 games that the Lakers surrendered a touchdown on their first defensive series of a game.

GVSU's leading rusher, Marty Carter weaved through the middle of the field for a 35-yard touchdown run on the Lakers next possession. Carter, in limited action led the Grand Valley State with 63 yards on nine carries.

Grand Valley State busted things open in the second quarter behind Williams scoring 28 points on three touchdown passes.

The Bulldogs lost their first fumble of the year late in the half on a kickoff return. Truman was the only Division II team through six games that had not lost a fumble.

The second half was a punting exhibition by both teams as they raced to finish the game to beat the impending weather. Mother Nature would prevail as the game was halted with 4:21 left in the game when lighting reached the eight mile radius of the stadium.

Truman finished with 233 yards of total offense. Barr was 12-of-20 for 90 yards and gained another 43 on the ground with eight rushing attempts. Salima gained 67 rushing yards on 15 carries. Ben Chaney led the defense with 13 tackles, a career high and Bryan Edwards added 10.

The Bulldogs will return to conference play next Saturday evening on the road at William Jewell. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Liberty, Missouri.

Courtesy of Truman State Athletics

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