Wayne State football dropped its fourth game in a row, falling to Tiffin University 27–13, in a non-conference matchup at Tom Adams Field on Sept. 29.
In the first quarter, a 32-yard field goal gave the Dragons an early 3–0 lead. After the Warriors were forced to punt on their first drive, Tiffin scored a 78-yard touchdown to extend their lead to 10–0.
A pivotal moment in the game occurred late in the first quarter, when a punt return and a Tiffin penalty allowed WSU to start their fourth possession at the Dragons 38-yard line.
The Warriors moved the ball to Tiffin’s 18-yard line before a fumble ended the Warriors’ possession, and a touchdown on Tiffin’s next possession made the score 17-0.
Head coach Paul Winters said the turnover couldn’t have occurred at a worse time.
“That was an absolute killer,” Winters said. “We were driving the ball good there and to give them the momentum right back is not a way to win the football game.”
WSU posted its first points of the game with a 24-yard field goal by graduate kicker Paul Graham with 8:53 remaining in the first half.
With the field goal, Graham became the third WSU kicker to hit the 200-point mark in program history.
The Warriors only touchdown came from a one-yard dive by junior running back DeOntay Moffett.
Winters said falling behind early in games is hurting the Warriors during their losing streak.
“We are usually trailing and trying to hit the big play instead of putting the ball in our playmakers’ hands and seeing what they can do for us,” Winters said.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jake AmRhein threw for 230 yards, completing 18 passes on 36 attempts. Winters said despite the outcome, he thinks AmRhein will regroup quickly.
“Jake has played good football for us this year,” Winters said. “Tonight just wasn’t his night but we’ll look at the film and (he’ll) bounce back.”
The loss drops the Warriors to 1–4 on the season (0–2 GLIAC). The team’s next game is Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. against Davenport University at Tom Adams Field.mat