A dominant effort in all phases on Saturday (Oct. 20) afternoon kept Ashland University's football team right in the thick of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference race.
An offense which ran up 403 yards in 40:16 of possession, a defense which kept Michigan Tech to no points and less than 100 yards until the game's final drive and a kicking game which added nine points combined for a 27-7 victory over the Huskies at Jack Miller Stadium/Martinelli Field.
The Eagles are 4-3 overall and 4-1 in the GLIAC, and remain in a tie for second place in the conference standings with Grand Valley State (7-1, 4-1) - one game in the loss column behind league-leading Ferris State (8-0, 6-0).
Tech is 3-5, 1-5.
FIRST AND TEN
1. Ashland's offense scored three rushing touchdowns against the Huskies, with junior tailback Luke Ogi leading the charge with a score and 105 yards on 15 carries. It was Ogi's first 100-yard rushing game at Ashland.
"I thought we ran the ball pretty well," said Ashland head coach Lee Owens. "Luke went in and played well. He's been steady all year long. We knew he'd be ready. I wasn't surprised at all by his solid performance."
2. Redshirt freshman quarterback Austin Brenner was 23-for-32 for 198 yards, and senior wide receiver Kamaron Green caught nine passes for 73 yards. Green now has 126 career catches, moving him into seventh place on Ashland's all-time list.
"Austin, again, had a good day," Owens said. "Took care of the football, was accurate with his throws."
3. On defense, senior defensive end James Prater Jr. recorded two sacks to extend his AU career tackles-for-loss record to 42.
4. Ashland yielded just seven points, nine first downs and 159 yards of total offense to Tech, with the points and 71 of those yards coming on the Huskies' final drive.
"The story of the game would be the defense. In college football, any time you can hold a team scoreless for 58 minutes, you've really played well," Owens said. "We just keep getting better and better on the defensive side of the ball. Of course, that's been the case all year long, having a good defensive team."
5. Sophomore kicker Satchel Denton rounded out the day with two field goals, three extra points and a 60.3-yard average on kickoffs on a windy afternoon.
6. To start the game, the Eagles marched 75 yards in 12 plays and 5:52 to take an early 7-0 lead. Brenner ran in from eight yards away to put AU on top.
7. Ogi's 13-yard touchdown run in the second quarter gave Ashland a 14-0 halftime lead, then Denton made field goals of 23 and 25 yards in the second half to make the lead 20-0.
8. Freshman tailback Ronald Lee capped the Eagle scoring late in the fourth quarter on a two-yard TD jaunt.
9. Ashland allowed 74 rushing yards to the Huskies - the fifth time in seven games the Eagles have given up less than 100 yards on the ground in 2018. AU is allowing 97.9 rushing yards per contest this season.
10. The 40:16 of possession was the Eagles' most in a single game since Oct. 10, 2015 at Saginaw Valley State (41:42).
Another key GLIAC matchup at Davenport (6-2, 3-2) on Oct. 27 at noon.