HOUGHTON – When it comes to making big plays at big times in a football game, the Michigan Tech defense does just that. The Huskies ‘D’ came up big on Saturday against Saginaw Valley State, scoring a few points in the process.
Michigan Tech held on for the 26-20 win over the Cardinals. A big play in the game came in the third quarter, when DeShawn Nelson, thanks to a little pressure from the Huskies ‘D’ Line, was able to make an interception and return it 84-yards for a touchdown.
Michigan Tech’s defense forced two turnovers, which led to 13 points for the Huskies.
“We didn’t put it (the game) away,” said Huskies head coach Tom Kearly. “We gave up the long pass and it made it a close ball game. When it came down to the time when you had to have guys make plays, guys made plays.”
“Anytime you get a takeaway for their offense, it creates momentum for our offense,” said MTU defensive back DeShawn Nelson. “It gets the guys fired up and everyone on the same page. That’s what we like to see.”
“We like to do that, play in and play out, said Huskies defensive end Tanner Agen about his team’s philosophy on defense. “However, we have to rebound if they get a first (down) or move the ball against us. We may give up a few points here and there, but as long as we get a ‘w’ at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.”
“We take it as a challenge. If it’s a tie game, we know that it’s our job to get our offense the ball and it’s going to be on us. When we saw that it was a tie game and the fourth quarter was running out, it’s on us. We have to step up and we did,” said MTU defensive back Brett Gervais.
Michigan Tech plays rival Northern Michigan this Saturday at the Superior Dome.