Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, suffered an early season loss to St. Mary's College, Moraga, Calif., on December 5, 2012.
The Bulldogs of Drake gave up 31 points to Matthew Dellavedova (pictured below) of St. Mary's (Gaels). Dellavedova, a member of the Australian Olympic basketball team, troubled the Bulldogs all night, not only with his scoring, but also by leading the Gaels with seven assists. Dellavedova also led the Gaels with nine turnovers.
Drake missed starter Jordan Clarke's defensive presence, who was the Bulldog's leading rebounder coming into the game. The Bulldogs had 20 combined rebounds in comparison to the Gaels 38. Clarke only played nine minutes of ball, all in the first half, before he seemed to hurt his hand. Clarke also seemed to be under the weather.
Jeremy Jeffers came off the bench to lead to lead the Bulldogs with 16 points.
My second, and alas, last football game of the season came on November 10. The Bulldogs of Drake University faced off against the Bulldogs of Butler University.
Butler took the lead in the first quarter, but after that the Drake offense woke up and scored 14 points in the second quarter, 14 points in the their quarter, and 17 points in the third quater. Riding an offensive yards advantage of 546 yards to 303 yards, Drake pulled away with a 45 to 20 victory.
I finally got a chance to shoot football after a three year hiatus when the folks over at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, agreed to let me on the sidelines for a few of their games.
The first of these games was Drake (Bulldogs) versus Marist (Red Foxes). The Red Foxes, out of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., led for most of the game, but the Bulldogs pulled off some late game heroics to push the game into overtime. During overtime, the Bulldogs scored on their possession and then sacked the quarterback of the Foxes, twice, to win the game. By the end of the game, the Bulldogs had scored the final 31 points of the game.
Drake University (34) vs. Marist College (27)
October 20, 2012
Des Moines, IA