MARYSVILLE, Missouri -- No. 22 ranked Saginaw Valley State dropped its season opener 45-24 on the road at No. 4 ranked Northwest Missouri St. Thursday night.
Turnovers and special teams play were the biggest reasons why the Cardinals lost the game. SVSU committed 3 turnovers, one a fumble returned 70-yards for a touchdown. The Cardinals also botched a field goal and had a punt blocked and returned for another touchdown by NWMS.
SVSU quarterback Jon Jennings led the Cardinal offense in the loss throwing for 306 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 20of 37 passing. He was also SVSU's leading rusher with 11 carries for 66 yards.
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