Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team not only beat archrival Grand Valley State in the Anchor-Bone Classic on Saturday (Oct. 6) night in Allendale, but the Bulldogs also established a new school record in the process.
Behind the key play of its offensive line, the Bulldogs rolled up 457 total yards rushing in the contest, which topped a nearly 30-year old school record. The previous school mark of 417 rushing yards in a game was established back in 1973 (10/19) in a 58-0 romp over Illinois-Chicago on the road.
The 457 total yards on the ground represented the fourth time in six contests this season in which the Bulldogs have ran for more than 360 yards in a single game. It was the second consecutive week in which FSU's veer offense has posted impressive numbers on the ground against a nationally-ranked opponent as the Bulldogs had 398 yards versus then 16th-ranked Saginaw Valley State on the road last week before facing GVSU.
FSU's offensive rushing yardage helped the Bulldogs roll up 536 total yards on the offensive side against the Lakers to help the Bulldogs pick up their first victory over GVSU since 1999 and take the Anchor-Bone Trophy for the first time.
Additionally, FSU set a new single-game record for most yardage by three combined players as the trio of redshirt freshman quarterback Jason Vander Laan (Frankfort, Ill./Chicago Christian) along with running backs Korey Ringer (Dayton, Ohio/Northmont) and Jamaal Jackson (St. Joseph) tallied 423 combined yards to surpass the previous mark of 412 yards recorded in 1995 by the standout combination of Chris Pulliams, Bill Love and Benny Roe. That mark was aided by Pulliams' then school mark of 329 total yards.
Against GVSU, Vander Laan ran for 185 yards and two TD's on 23 carries, which helped him claim this week's GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week honor. Ringer added 11 carries for 131 yards and Jackson had 11 carries for 107 yards as all three topped the 100-yard mark. The trio all had long touchdown runs against the Laker defense as well with Vander Laan sprinting 63 yards for a score, Ringer marching in from 70 yards away and Jackson finding paydirt from 56 yards out.
With the efforts against third-ranked Grand Valley State, the Bulldogs have vaulted to second in the nation in rushing offense at 334.3 yards per contest. FSU also leads the league and is now first in the conference in total offense at 486.5 yards an outing. That figure is seventh-best nationally to date.
Currently, Vander Laan is the league's third-leading rusher at 115.5 yards an outing and is 24th in the country. Two weeks ago, he established new school records for most yards rushing by a quarterback in a single-game and most yards ever gained in a contest by a freshman with 214 yards on the ground at Saginaw Valley State.
Ferris State has gained 2,006 yards on the ground in six outings to date this season and is only 532 yards shy of surpassing the school single-season record of 2,538 rushing yards in a campaign, which was established in 1995.
This week, the Bulldogs host the Hillsdale Chargers in their 2012 homecoming contest at Top Taggart Field. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (ET). Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (231) 591-2888 or visit FerrisStateBulldogs.com for more information. Fans can receive a $2 discount by purchasing tickets prior to gameday.