Grand View gridders stun Drake, 21-16

DES MOINES – Grand View scored 40 seconds into the game and held off Drake’s comeback attempt as the NAIA-level Vikings shocked the Bulldogs 21-16 in Thursday’s college football opener for both teams inside Drake Stadium.

Derek Fulton completed 26-of-40 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard hook-up with Brady Roland on the game’s second play from scrimmage to give Grand View a lead it would never relinquish.

Roland finished with 12 catches for 173 yards for the Vikings, who led 14-3 at the half.

Grand View outgained Drake 406-302 in total offense, limiting the host Bulldogs to just 29 yards rushing.

“Congratulations to Grand View,” said Drake coach Chris Creighton. “I thought they were awesome and played really, really hard. We said the team that played the hardest tonight was going to win and honestly, I thought they played harder.”

Drake’s Gary Scott scored his team’s first touchdown midway through the third quarter, taking a 2-yard TD plunge that pulled the Bulldogs within 14-10. Grand View responded with a Charlie Badgett 1-yard scoring run late in the period to go back up 21-10, though Drake fired back 1:29 later with a 24-yard touchdown strike from Andy Rice to Michael Hudson.

Neither team could break through in the fourth quarter.

Scott led Drake’s ground game with 70 yards on 15 carries, but the rest of the team lost 41 yards. Rice finished 26-for-50 for 273 yards with an interception, and Nick Rosa hauled in five passes for 89 yards.

Drake goes to Northern Iowa next weekend, while Grand View visits Siena Heights for its first NAIA competition.