Azusa Pacific University Drops Opener to Grand Valley

Allendale, MI

It was a nice trip to a pretty part of Michigan, but the hospitality ended with Grand Valley State’s 38-17 victory over Azusa Pacific Saturday night at Lubbers Stadium in front of 13,659 fans.

GVS, the winningest program in NCAA Division II history, was led by Michael Ratay who  rushed for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

The Cougars turned the ball over twice in the first quarter, trailed 24-0 at the break, and found themselves down 31-0 early in the third quarter.

In the second half APU got back into the game thanks to a pair of touchdowns by Terrell Watson. Watson rushed for 174 yards and passed the 2,000 yard career mark in moving to the eighth spot of all time rushers for the school.

It was a long night for starting Cougar quarterback Dasmen Stewart. He went 8 of 21 for 81 yards and 3 interceptions before being replaced by last year’s starter Nick Owens, who completed 7 of 8 for 62 yards.

Despite the 21 point difference, Grand Valley State had only 23 more total yards than APU- 362-329.

The two teams will also open the season next year when APU hosts Grand Valley State in September. Azusa Pacific travels to Dixie State in Utah next Saturday night.

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