Dec. 12, 2013
Allendale, Mich. -
Grand Valley State (12-2) will hit the road for an NCAA DII Semifinal contest at Northwest Missouri State (13-0). Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm at Bearcat Stadium. This will be the fifth meeting between the Lakers and Bearcats in the NCAA Playoffs since 2005, with three meetings in the title game and one in the semifinals. Grand Valley State is making its eighth semifinal appearance since 2001. The game can be viewed live on ESPN3 or you can listen to all the action on the Grand Valley Sports Network. Dick Nelson and Steve Lloyd-Jones will call the action on the radio dial.
ESPN-FM 96.1 Grand Rapids
WMUS-FM 107.9 Muskegon
WDFN-AM 1130 Detroit
WIMS-AM 1420 Michigan City, Ind.
WKMI-AM 1360 Kalamazoo
WHFB-AM 1060 Benton Harbor-St. Joseph
Northwest Missouri State leads the all-time series by a 3-2 margin. The last four meeting have come in the NCAA playoffs, including three in the title game. GVSU won the 2005 title game by a 21-17 score and the 2006 championship game by a 17-14 margin. NW Missouri State defeated the Lakers in the 2007 semifinals in Maryville by a 34-16 margin and then claimed a 30-23 victory over GVSU in the 2009 title game.
Grand Valley State is making its 16th appearance in the NCAA DII playoffs, the third-highest total among all Division II schools. The Lakers have a 31-11 all-time in the playoffs, with the 31 wins also ranking third all-time. GVSU's .738 winning percentage in the playoffs is first in NCAA DII history. Grand Valley State has won four NCAA DII National Championships (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006) and appeared in sixth title games (2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009).
Grand Valley State is in its 43rd season of football. The Lakers sport a 353-128-3 all-time record. GVSU's .731 winning percentage tops all Division II schools and is third all-time in all divisions behind Michigan (.733) and Notre Dame (.732).
Grand Valley State has faced three consecutive Harlon Hill Candidates. Jonathon Jennings (Saginaw Valley State), Chris Bonner (Colorado State-Pueblo) and Dustin Vaughn (West Texas A&M)...In addition, Saturday's game will be the fifth straight versus a Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Jonathon Jennings (2) - GLIAC Offensive Player of the Year
Chris Bonner - RMAC Offensive Player of the Year
Dustin Vaughn - Lone Star Offensive Player of the Year
Trevor Anderson - MIAA Offensive Player of the Year.
Grand Valley State has won eight consecutive games, outscoring its opponents 36.7-21.7...The balanced Laker offense is averaging 190.8 yards per game rushing and 249.2 yards per game passing (440.0 ypg)...The GVSU defense is yielding 135.6 yards per game rushing and 223.0 yards passing (358.6 ypg) and is a +8 in turnover margin...The Laker offense is converting 49.4 percent of its third down conversion (48-97), while holding opponents to 41.1 percent (48-115).
The Grand Valley State defense has been adept at forcing field goals and holding its opponents out of the endzone. Opponents have attempted 25 field goals (15-25) and scored a total of 42 touchdowns (19 rushing-18 passing).
Grand Valley State has the second longest streak for consecutive games without being shutout at 266 games. The Lakers were last shutout by Ferris State (23-0) in 1992. Valdosta State's 270 games without being shutout is the longest streak.
The Laker offense is averaging 7.0 yards per play, 5.2 yards per rush, 9.4 yards per pass attempt and 16.7 yards per pass completion.
GVSU has 115 plays which have gone for 20 yards or more...63 plays have gone for 20-29 yards, while 52 plays have gone for 30 yards or more (23 at 30-39/29 at 40-plus yards).
. The Laker offense is 56-for-66 (85.0 percent) in Redzone scores...In addition, GVSU has scored TDs in 45-of-66 Redzone opportunities.
Third/Fourth Down Conversions - GVSU is converting 44.3 percent (74-167) of its third downs and 50.0 percent of it fourth down attempts (12-24).
The Laker defense starting defense has yielded 1,595 rushing yards in its 11 wins (132.9 ypg), including six games holding its opponent under 115 rushing yards.