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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Hillsdale College Sports Information: Hillsdale 34 - Grand Valley 31

Hillsdale College Release - September 10, 2011

Colin McGreevy's field goal wins game for Hillsdale

Stats: Hillsdale 34, Grand Valley 31

September 10, 2011 - It was so much fun for the Hillsdale College student body to rush the field after the Chargers beat Grand Valley State on Oct. 9, 2009, they decided to do it again.

Colin McGreevy's 30-yard field goal with nine seconds left propelled the Chargers to an incredible 34-31 win over fourth-ranked Grand Valley State Saturday night at Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium. Hillsdale is 1-1 overall and 1-0 in the GLIAC, while the Lakers fall to 1-1.

McGreevy converted on his second attempt, thanks to a running-into-the-kicker penalty called on the Lakers on his first attempt, which came on second down on Hillsdale's final drive. His first kick was deflected at the line of scrimmage, which appered to set up overtime. But McGreevy was tackled after the follow-through attempt, triggering the flag and one more attempt.

This game marked the second time in three years the Chargers have beaten the Lakers at home. GVSU came into the game ranked fourth in the country. Hillsdale was ranked 25th in the AFCA Division II preseason poll, but dropped out after last week's loss at Ferris State.

This game can be filed as another in a long string of classics between these conference powerhouses. The teams traded the lead back and forth in the first half, which ended with the Chargers on top, 21-14.

The Lakers upped their defensive intensity in the third quarter, while scoring 14 points of their own to enter the fourth quarter with a 28-21 lead.

McGreevy opened the fourth quarter with a 30-yard field goal, which cut the lead to four. After the Chargers stopped the Lakers, junior QB Anthony Mifsud, who missed some time in the second half, returned to the field in a most dramatic fashion.

His first pass of the fourth quarter was an 85-yard strike to wide receiver Andrew Mott, who showed impressive speed in outrunning the Laker secondary to suddenly put Hillsdale on top 31-28.

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