Wayne State football snapped its six-game losing streak in dominating fashion with a 55–21 victory over Northwood University at Tom Adams Field on Oct.20.

WSU wasted little time posting the game’s first points early in the first quarter, as a four-yard touchdown run by redshirt junior running back DeOntay Moffett gave the home team a 7–0 lead.

Junior running back James Hill’s one-yard dive extended WSU’s lead to 13-0 with 1:59 left in the opening quarter.

Another touchdown run by Hill widened WSU’s advantage to 20-0 early in the second quarter. A touchdown pass by redshirt sophomore quarterback Jake AmRhein to graduate student Preston Pelham and Moffett’s second touchdown of the first half sent the home team into halftime with a 34–0 lead.

WSU outgained the Timberwolves 360–61 in total offense yards in the first half.  Both Hill and Moffett gained over 100 yards rushing yards in the first half.

After forcing a turnover on Northwood’s opening possession of the second half, WSU extended its lead to 41–0 as Hill scored his third touchdown of the game.

After Northwood scored its first points of the game and failed to recover an onside kick, WSU found the end zone again as Moffett’s eight-yard touchdown run put the home team ahead 48-7.

In the final quarter, Hill’s fourth touchdown of the game set a program record for most rushing touchdowns in a game and earned WSU their first game 50-point game since 2016.

For the game, WSU gained 500 total yards, with 399 yards coming from the rushing attack.

Hill rushed for 235 yards on 23 carries, with four touchdowns in the game, with Moffett adding 141 yards rushing on 22 carries with three touchdowns.

WSU’s record improves to 2–6 (1–4 GLIAC) on the season with the win. The victory also gives WSU their 12th Homecoming win in the last 14 seasons.

WSU returns to action Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. with a matchup at Ferris State.


Matt Williams is sports editor of The South End. He can be reached at mattmwilliams86@gmail.com. Cover photo by Josh Spaman.

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