DETROIT - For just the second time in school history,Michigan Tech has earned a GLIAC football title.
The Huskies (7-3) earned a decisive 35-13 victory over Wayne State. Coupled with other results in the league, Tech finished in a four-way tie for the GLIAC North Division championship with Grand Valley State, Saginaw Valley State and Hillsdale.
"It's special," said head coach Tom Kearly. "Any time you get a chance to win a title and put a banner up is special. It doesn't happen very often.
"Our coaching staff did a great job getting our team prepared every week, and a lot of players had their best seasons, especially our seniors. We didn't always play well, but we always played hard, and I'm very proud of this group."
Fullback Cole Welch (Kingsford) rushed for a one-yard touchdown, his fourth in the last three weeks.
A Nelson Wienke (Kingsford) sack on the next-to-final play of the half forced a 56-yard Wayne field goal attempt which was missed short. The score at the intermission was 21-3 in favor of Michigan Tech.
Eighteen Huskies seniors, with tight end Bryan LaChapelle (Crystal Falls) in that group, played their final games in a Michigan Tech uniform.
At Marquette, Northern Michigan suffered a heartbreaking 32-31 loss to Ferris State.
Ferris State scored a touchdown with nine seconds to go and added a successful two-point conversion.
"It was a tough loss and a tough way to finish," NMU coach Chris Ostrowsky said.
Northern finished 4-7 overall on the season and 3-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Linebacker Josh Droese (Kingsford), one of 12 NMU seniors playing their final game for the Wildcats, tallied eight tackles.