For the second week in a row, the Grand Valley State University football team needed some late heroics to eke out a victory at home.
Quarterback Kyle McMahon hit a leaping Jovonne Augustus in the back left corner of the end zone with 16 seconds to play Saturday night to give No. 1 GVSU a 44-41 comeback win over No. 11 Hillsdale College.
"Moving forward we've got a lot of work to do on defense," GVSU first-year head coach Matt Mitchell said. "We've got a lot to do upfront with our defensive line and I'd say with everyone in general. The offense definitely, throughout the course of the evening, bailed us out."
The Lakers are now 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.
A Hillsdale touchdown by running back Joe Glendening put the Chargers up 41-34 with 1:17 to play in the fourth quarter, but the extra point try was blocked and scooped up by GVSU linebacker Luther Ware. Ware returned the kick for two points and gave the Lakers momentum heading into their game-winning drive.
McMahon completed 22 of 37 pass attempts for 240 yards with the touchdown and one interception. The senior quarterback was responsible for all of GVSU’s points in the first half.
He scampered for touchdown runs of five, 10 and 12 yards to help the Lakers take a 21-14 lead into halftime. His three rushing touchdowns were the most by a GVSU quarterback since Brad Iciek rushed for four against Central Washington University in the 2007 NCAA playoffs.