BIG RAPIDS, Mich. -- After playing for a national championship last fall, Tony Annese and the Ferris State Bulldogs began the 2019 season with high expectations on Thursday evening.
With Harlon Hill trophy winner and Bulldog quarterback, Jayru Campbell inactive, West Catholic alum Travis Russell and senior Travis Russell got the start.
Russell found Sy Barnett for a 59-yard touchdown strike to tie the game 7-7 in the first quarter before a 24-yard field goal by Tyler Burch made it 10-7 Bulldogs.
In the second quarter, Russell scored on the ground from two yards out. Russell combined for 289 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
The Bulldogs led 24-17 before a Findlay touchdown with just 51 seconds left. The Oilers chose to go for two, but Ferris stopped the pass attempt, resulting in a 24-23 victory.