CANTON - Statistics-wise, Tiffin held the advantage through the air. But that was only when the Dragons could throw.
Walsh's defense recorded eight sacks and returned an interception 37 yards for a score Saturday in a 27-3 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference triumph at Fawcett Stadium.
"O-line and quarterback just didn't have a good day," TU coach Gary Goff said. "Kind of the story of the day; our quarterback play was not at its best either.
"We didn't come out ready to play. We just didn't finish drives," he said.
"They're good against the run. The stats, I think from what they gave us, we ran the ball effectively, won every category," he said. "We've got to finish drives. We made critical mistakes at critical times."
The Cavaliers (3-5, 2-5 GLIAC) led 14-0 at the first stop, thanks to Jack Dawson's 25-yard striked to Darryl Gary and Justin Keith's 1-yard dive.
The Dragons (2-6, 1-6) got on the board at the 9:03 mark of the third quarter when Seth Pekoe connected on a 27-yard field goal.
Walsh blocked his 48-yard try midway through the fourth quarter, then extended its lead when Dawson bulled in from a yard with 5:45 left in the game.
Jamaris Brown returned his pick for a score 51 seconds later to close out the scoring.
All that came despite Dan Pitts going 34 of 52 through the air for 326 yards for TU. However, he was sacked eight times and lost one of his four fumbles.
Obadiah Dykes caught eight passes for 73 yards and Tyler Jones had six receptions for 81 yards, with eight other Dragons reeling in balls.
However, the Cavaliers stymied TU's run game, allowing only 14 net yards on the ground.
Meanwhile, Keith ran 28 times for 112 yards for Walsh.
All-GLIAC honors for Gilroy
MIDLAND, Mich. ? Tiffin University's Ashley Gilroy earned All-GLIAC honors Saturday at the GLIAC Championships. TU's men competed in an 8K, while the women ran a 6K.
Grand Valley State runners went 1-2 on the way to scoring 25 points as a team, winning by 59 over Ferris State. Rounding out the top five women's teams were Wayne State (124), Northern Michigan (139) and Saginaw Valley State (157). TU scored 205 points to place eighth.
Gilroy ran a school-record 21:32.1 to place 10th, becoming the first TU female runner to earn All-GLIAC honors. Rounding out the scoring was Jamie Lombardo (45th, 22:47.9), Emily Richmond (48th, 22:53.1), Sara Chura (50th, 22:54.6) and Jessica Kern (52nd, 22:55.9). All four of those times ranked among the top seven in TU history.
For the men, Grand Valley State again had runners go 1-2 and won by 57 points over Ashland and Malone. Rounding out the top five were Ferris State (112) and Wayne State (175). Tiffin scored 182 points to finish sixth.
David Knack ran a school-record time of 24:45.9 to place 13th. Colin Fisher, who placed 17th, ran 24:55.1, the second-fastest time in school history. Rounding out the scoring was Mike Grunden (43rd, 25:38.2), Brent Hunter (53rd, 25:53.8) and Richard Roe (56th, 26:03.2).
Tiffin University will next compete on Nov. 3 at the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Championship in Kenosha, Wis.
Trusty runs third for first-team All-GLIAC
MIDLAND, Mich. - Mohawk High graduate Drew Trusty finished third in his first GLIAC Championship race Saturday.
Trusty, a Malone sophomore, crossed the line in 24:28.6 in the 8K, six seconds behind winner Stephen Fuelling of Grand Valley State University (24:22). Trusty's performance helped Malone finish as team runner-up in its first year as a GLIAC participant.
Malone will compete in one more race this season, the National Christian College Athletic Association meet on Nov. 10 at Cedarville University. Trusty finished fourth in the national race last year.