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Previously unbeaten Ferris St. ousted from DII playoffs

The Detroit News

Big Rapids, Mich. — Ferris State won the regular-season meeting.

Ohio Dominican won the one that matters most.

Dominican used a furious fourth quarter to stun Ferris State, 46-33, on Saturday in the second round of the Division II playoffs.

Junior quarterback Jason Vander Laan put Ferris State up 33-31 with a 24-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, but Dominican answered with two more scores to hand the Bulldogs (11-1) their first loss of the season.

Ferris State won, 34-19, when the teams met in the regular season. That win ended Dominican's 21-game regular-season winning streak.

Vander Laan threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns, and rushed for 138 yards, but he also threw three interceptions. Phil Annese caught three passes for 95 yards and a score, and Kenny Feyh had two touchdown catches.

Ferris State led 20-17 at the half and 27-24 after three quarters before Dominican (11-1) staged its rally.

Dez Stewart had 137 receiving yards and a score for Dominican, and Nick McKnight caught two touchdown passes. Quarterback Mark Miller threw for 462 yards and four touchdowns, to no interceptions.