Wayne State football suffered a 37-14 defeat to Davenport University in a conference matchup at Tom Adams Field on Oct.6.
After Davenport used its opening possession to take an early lead with a touchdown, WSU tied the game as sophomore quarterback Jake AmRhein found junior wide receiver Darece Roberson Jr. for a 57-yard touchdown.
Roberson would reach the end zone again, returning a punt for 69 yards to give WSU a 14-7 lead. Roberson’s touchdown was the first WSU punt return for a touchdown since 2004.
A Davenport touchdown late in the first quarter tied the game at 14 heading to the second.
Despite the steady rain early in the game, both teams combined to gain nearly 200 yards of offense in the opening quarter.
After Davenport reclaimed the lead at 21-14 late in the second quarter, the game entered a 35-minute weather delay due to lightning in the area.
Once play resumed, both defenses dominated the action as the score remained 21-14 heading into the final quarter.
The game’s turning point took place in the fourth as a blocked punt by Davenport enabled the visitors to begin their first possession of the quarter on WSU’s three-yard line, and a touchdown on the next play increased Davenport’s lead to 28-14. The Panthers would add a safety and a touchdown later in the quarter to pull away with the win.
For the game, Roberson led the offense with 62 yards and a touchdown. AmRhein completed 7 passes on 18 attempts.
The loss drops WSU’s record to 1-5 on the season and 0-3 GLIAC. The five-game losing streak is the longest for WSU since they dropped the final five games of the 2013 season and the opening game of 2014.
The Warriors returns to action on the road versus Michigan Tech Oct.13 in Houghton.
Matt Williams is sports editor of The South End. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.