(4) Ferris State avoids upset, wins outright GLIAC title

Posted at 3:22 PM, Nov 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-15 15:22:40-05

CANTON, Ohio — At the FBS level of college football, the top players are always looking for a “Heisman moment” – a play that shows that they’re deserving of winning the game’s marquee award.

In Division II, the equivalent is the Harlon Hill trophy — and Jason Vander Laan just had his Hill moment.

The junior quarterback scored his fifth touchdown of the day with 36 seconds left, helping the fourth-ranked Ferris State Bulldogs escape with a 46-42 comeback win over Walsh (4-7, 4-7) and clinch an outright GLIAC championship for the boys from Big Rapids.

Ferris State’s 11th win of the season are the most regular season victories in program history.

The Bulldogs (11-0, 10-0) trailed 28-17 at the half.

Ferris State now awaits the release of the Division II playoff brackets in the coming weeks.