Disappointment strikes the REC with homecoming loss

Originally Published: October 22, 2008

The Mustang football team played a tough game but was defeated by the Wayne State Wildcats 34-28 to spoil the homecoming festivities. With the loss, the Mustangs dropped to 2-3 overall, including 2-2 in the NSIC.

The Wildcats pulled away in the second quarter to take a halftime lead 17-7. Coming out of the locker room, WSC continued to play well, scoring two more times in the third quarter. Without an interception by redshirt freshman Nate Finkney earlier in the quarter, the Mustangs would have been down by three possessions 40 minutes into the game. However, the Mustangs were able to connect on a pass from senior quarterback Josh Shudlick to cut the Wildcat lead to 31-21 with one quarter left to play.

After a Wildcat field goal, the Mustang offense went back to work. A 12-play, 73-yard drive brought the Mustangs down the field; it was capped-off by a Shudlick pass to sophomore wide receiver Bret Ballantine. However, the drive took too much time off the clock. With just one minute remaining, a failed onside kick attempt sealed the fate of the Mustangs, losing 34-28.

Shudlick completed 33 of 48 passes for 339 yards and three touchdowns in the loss. However, Shudlick got sacked three times and threw one interception. Junior runningback Zach Wysong had a busy day, as he was both the leading rusher and receiver for the Mustangs. Wysong carried the rock 14 times for 45 yards and caught ten passes for 74 yards in the game. Senior placekicker Scott Talcott struggled on Saturday, missing all three of his field goal attempts from distances of 38, 39 and 47 yards.

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