It had been more than two years since the Hillsdale College football team had lost a game in conference play. That streak came to an end Saturday afternoon.
Using a lethal combination of a balanced offense and playmaking defense, the University of Findlay handed the Chargers their first conference loss in two years, 41-16, at Donnell Stadium in Findlay. The loss also snaps Hillsdale's four-game winning streak and leaves the team at 4-3 overall and 2-1 in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.
The Oiler defense forced three turnovers and recorded five sacks on defense, and accumulated 468 yards of total offense in a complete performance.
After Findlay scored on its opening drive, Hillsdale answered impressively with a scoring drive that ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Luke Keller to Alec Foos, putting Hillsdale in front 7-6. The TD catch was part of Foos's best day as a Charger, as he caught 4 passes for 75 yards.
Findlay answered back by scoring 21 consecutive points to finish out the first half to take a 27-7 lead at intermission. Another touchdown less than five minutes into the third quarter made the lead insurmountable.
Keller completed 19-of-31 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown in the game. Graham ran for 64 yards, averaging 4 yards per carry. Junior wide receiver Konnor Maloney had a team-high 5 catches for 60 yards. Graham caught 3 passes for 43 yards while Alexander Giampietro had 31 receiving yards.
PHOTO: Carly Gouge