HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) – It was 60 minutes of SISU as the Finlandia University football team (0-6, 0-3 MIAA) lost 79-12 to #37 Hope (5-1, 3-0 MIAA), Saturday afternoon at McAfee Field.
“Hope is a very good football team,” said head coach Travis Wiltzius. “Can’t have as many turnovers as we did and expect to have a good game. We had a moments both offensively and defensively. We still need to shore up our special teams.”
On the very first play of the game, freshman Bailey Harris ran up the middle. He tossed the ball back to freshman Darin Johnson who hit junior Joshua Eve in stride.
Eve dashed into the end zone to complete the 83 yard pass play. It was the longest pass in Finlandia history. Down 9-6 with nine minutes left in the opening quarter, the Lions saw Hope score three touchdowns to pull away.
Offensively, Johnson had a 50-yard touchdown run, the second longest run in school history. He averaged nearly 20 yards a completion (7-of-14 for 134 yards). Eve caught one pass for 83 yards and returned nine kickoffs for 155 yards. His 238 all-purpose yards was third best in school history.
Defensively, Finlandia (#1 in NCAA D3 Pass Defense) gave up just 26 yards, the third lowest total in school history. Freshman Christian Creten had 13 tackles with two for a loss while sophomores Kenny Kujawa and Dave Carlson had nine and eight respectively.
Finlandia takes to the road, Saturday, Oct. 26 playing Trine. The game is scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m.