Wayne State’s football team traveled to Houghton, Michigan Oct. 21 to square off against the Michigan Tech Huskies. Despite the travel and the homecoming festivities, the Warriors (3-5, 2-4 GLIAC) were able to upset the Huskies (3-5, 2-4 GLIAC) at Sherman Field, something that WSU had not done since 2006.
The Warriors kept Tech scoreless in the second half, winning by a final score of 20-14.
A 27-yard Demetrius Stinson run started the Warrior scoring early in the first quarter, but a blocked point after and a 93-yard kickoff return by Michigan Tech's Jacob Wenzlick resulted with the Huskies up 7-6.
For Dakota Kupp, this game marked his first collegiate start and win.
"I knew that we had a good game plan and we practiced pretty well all week," said Kupp. "I was a little nervous at first because it was my first start."
A strong Michigan Tech run by John Williams secured the Husky lead early in the second quarter, putting them up 14-6 over the Warriors. Paul Graham kicked a 45-yard field goal before the intermission to reduce the Warrior deficit to five, 14-9.
In the third quarter, Kupp hit senior receiver Manny Mendoza for a 32-yard touchdown. A two-point conversion by WSU’s Corey Ester put the Warriors on top 17-14.
Defensively, senior cornerback James Howard forced a fumble out of Tech's Jacob Wenzlick which was recovered by WSU defensive end Derrick Coleman on the Husky 44-yard line. The ensuing drive resulted in a 27-yard Warrior field goal, giving WSU a 20-14 lead.
Head Coach Paul Winters credited the solid defense as a key to the Warrior win.
"We played really good defense especially in the second half," said Winters. "I think moving him [Pittman] to inside linebacker has helped us tremendously."
Romello Brown and Demetrius Stinson both rushed for over 100 yards against the Huskies. Dakota Kupp completed 12 of 23 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown.
For the Warrior defense, Anthony Pittman recorded 8 tackles with one 5-yard sack late in the fourth quarter. James Howard and Kyle Toth both notched 7 tackles and Leon Eggleston recorded 6 tackles, two for loss.
The Huskies were led by Marvin Wright who had 11 tackles and Graham Hubbell with 10. Offensively, Tech was led by John Williams and James Henderson rushing for 158 yards combined.
Winters said he is looking forward to the noon kickoff at home, saying it requires "less thinking – just wake up and go play football."
Wayne State will host Ashland (7-1, 6-0 GLIAC) Oct. 28. Kickoff is at noon.