After the Bulldogs slogged through the second and third quarters, they persevered in the final 10 minutes to go 3-0 on the young season, winning, 73-63.
Articles by: AUSTIN CANNON
Saturday was the second time this season an undefeated PFL team visited Drake Stadium. For the second time, the unbeaten fell. The offense scored 21 unanswered points, John Hugunin set the Drake record for career tackles, and the Bulldogs held off the Flyers late for the 600th victory in program history, 27-17.
Twice in the final 24 seconds of the game, guard Nicole Miller toed the charity stripe and hit a pair of free throws to keep the Iowa State Cyclones at bay. Those four points proved to be the difference, as Drake beat the Cyclones 74-70 to open the season.
Drake Women’s Basketball won both of their exhibition games, and the season begins Sunday when the Bulldogs host the Iowa State Cyclones at the Knapp Center. Drake was projected to finish second in the Missouri Valley Conference, so here are three things to watch for as the season gets underway.
The Bulldogs won their second and final exhibition game Sunday at the Knapp Center, drubbing Simpson, 94-61. Drake also beat Grand View on Tuesday, cruising past the Vikings, 96-46.
The Bulldogs will have to wait until the 2016 season for another chance to claim their first Pioneer Football League title since 2012.
In the third overtime, MSU had its best chance to put the game away after Drake had turned the ball over on its possession. A 23-yard field goal try from Shavi Bash was all it would take. And unlike in the first overtime period, he converted and the Eagles dealt Drake a crushing 38-35 defeat.
Repeating or exceeding last season’s success could be difficult. Senior leaders Liza Heap and Carly Grenfell both graduated.Center Becca Jonas, who along with Maddy Dean gave Drake the inside presence it had lacked in years prior, will miss the entire season after surgery on her left knee to repair a microfracture.
After being shut out at San Diego, the Bulldogs made adjustments on both sides of the ball.
On offense, head coach Rick Fox would no longer be calling the plays. Offensive assistant coach Brad Pole received the play-calling duties on Monday and he helped provide an emotional spark for the Bulldogs’ offense. Pole got his team fired up before running out of the tunnel before Drake’s 28-24 victory over Jacksonville.
Andy Rice threw for four touchdowns, three to Eric Saubert, as the Bulldogs came back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Dolphins 28-24 and stay in the PFL title hunt.
The Bulldogs (3-3) rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns, John Hugunin made big plays on defense and Drake won 34-7 over the Valparaiso Crusaders Saturday to stay undefeated at Drake Stadium in 2015.
The 2015 Drake football season is half over, and the Bulldogs sit at 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Pioneer Football League, tied for third place. Let’s take a look at how they got here and what to expect in the final six weeks of the season.
The Bulldogs (3-3) rushed for 205 yards and three touchdowns, John Hugunin made big plays on defense and Drake won 34-7 over the Valparaiso Crusaders Saturday to stay undefeated at Drake Stadium in 2015. Drake has now beaten the Crusaders 12 straight times, a streak that started in 2004.
STORY BY AUSTIN CANNON Earlier in the week, Hurricane Joaquin was supposed to be a major factor in Saturday’s Drake- Campbell game. Instead, it went out into the Atlantic. What remained, though, was a strong breeze that spent the evening batting down punts. Drake punter Cam Bohnert punted nine times […]
Drake has dominated the Valparaiso Crusaders. The Bulldogs hold a 19-3 advantage in the all-time series. The Crusaders haven’t beaten the Bulldogs since an overtime victory in 2003, losing 11 straight times.