By Kevin Schrock
For the second year in a row the University of Findlay put themselves in a position to knock off a ranked Ferris State team and for the second straight year the Oilers left Donnell Stadium with their heads hanging. Early mistakes, whether they were missed field goals or interceptions, proved to be costly for the squad in a 20-17 loss on Saturday night.
“We had the opportunity to win this game and we did not capitalize,” said Findlay coach Rob Keys. “There were a couple of plays that needed to be made and we didn’t make them.”
One of the drives the Oilers will look back on was one in the second quarter where they positioned themselves on the Ferris State two-yard line for a first and goal. After failing to punch it in to the end zone the Oilers settled for a field goal attempt. However, Tyler Bugeja pushed the kick wide right and the Oilers came up empty on the drive.
It looked like the Oilers would enter the half simply down a touchdown but an ill-advised pass with 20 seconds to go ended up getting picked off and it led to a Ferris State field goal.
“You can’t lose the turnover battle against anyone and expect to win,” said Keys. “Much less the number 13 team in the country.”
The second half saw the Oilers make a valiant comeback effort. However, after giving the ball away again down three with four minutes to go, the Bulldogs ran the clock out for their second straight three-point victory against Findlay.