Truman State falls short at Grand Valley State

The Truman Bulldogs took a shot at #10 Grand Valley (Mich.) State on Saturday night on the road but came up on the short end of a 31-15 decision.

Garrett White led Truman with 96 yards rushing while Derek Koon had three field goals on the night.

The Lakers took advantage of the Bulldogs through the air with 339 yards on just 15 pass completions.

Brandan Green had the biggest night with six catches for 223 yards.

White was the workhorse for the Bulldogs with 20 rushes for 96 yards and Conrad Schottel managed 107 yards passing on 12 completions.

The Bulldogs controlled the clock in the first half with nearly 20 minutes but the tables were turned in the second with just nine minutes of possession.

The Bulldogs methodically marched down the field in the opening possession but two costly penalties pushed the ball to the brink of Derek Koon's field goal range and his long attempt fell short.

The Lakers (2-0) used just 2:11 in their first possession to go 69 yards with Michael Ratay scoring from two yards out and a 7-0 lead.

Koon capped off an 11-play 52-yard drive with a 43-yard field goal to make it 7-3 and following Dallas Grier's 39-yard punt return, Koon connected from 26-yards to trim the lead to 7-6.

Ratay scored his second touchdown of the game on a one-yard plunge on third and goal but the Bulldogs again moved the ball down the field before settling for a 45-yard field goal by Koon to make it 14-9 at the half.

Truman held the Lakers to a field goal to start the second half but then a short field set up a three yard touchdown pass from Isiah Grimes to Jamie Potts for a 24-9 Laker lead.

The Bulldogs to the endzone later in the quarter after Tremaine Millender returned a kickoff 54 yards and Grier caught a six-yard pass from Conrad Schottel but the two-point conversion fail to make it 24-15.

Grand Valley quickly answered as Brandan Green hauled in a 61-yard strike from Grimes with 1:29 left in the quarter.

The Bulldogs (1-1) will host William Penn (1-1) at Stokes Stadium next Saturday night.

The NAIA nationally ranked Statesmen lost 31-13 to nationally ranked St. Francis (Ill.) on Saturday afternoon.

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