MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team came close again, but it was not enough against the Cardinals of Saginaw Valley State at the Superior Dome on a Saturday night. Holding onto a 28-21 halftime lead the Wildcats had chances to win but came up short by a score of 42-37. NMU still looking for its first win of the season drops to 0-3 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) while SV improves to 3-1 overall and in the conference.
NMU used five plays and 44 yards on its first possession of the game to take a 7-0 lead when Dan Elmore caught a 14-yard pass from Buddy Rivera (12:32). Brandon Emeott answered for the Cardinals with a one-yard sneak into the end zone to tie the score at seven-all (9:41). At 5:33 left in the first quarter Brad Anderson scored from three yards out and with the good extra point the ‘Cats were back in the lead 14-7. NMU would not enjoy the lead for long as Joe Dougherty caught a four-yard pass from Chris Dougherty to tie the score at 14. With less than 20 seconds left in the quarter, Rivera gave the ‘Cats the lead again (21-14) with a seven yard sprint to pay dirt.
A little more than five minutes into the second quarter (9:44), NMU took a 14-point lead when Mark Bossuah ran it in from two yards out. The Cardinals would answer to cut the lead to seven points, when Emeott scored his second touchdown of the night from one-yard out at 6:49 left on the clock (28-21).
The third quarter saw SV tie the game at 28-all on a Steve Brander six-yard pass from Dougherty at 11:14. Anthony Leandri kicked a 19-yard field goal at 6:54 to give the ‘Cats the lead again at 31-28. SV would take the lead for good at 35-31 (4:56) when Emeott scored his third touchdown on the ground from 26 yards away.
SV and NMU traded touchdowns in the fourth quarter. SV scored first to make it 42-31 on a Mike Meade 13-yard pass from Dougherty with11:51 showing on the clock. NMU cut the lead to five points at 42-37 on a 10-yard Rivera TD toss to Zach Nichols at 5:50 left in the game. The two-point conversion failed.
The ‘Cats had two more chances for the win but a fumble and loss of downs ended the drives.
NMU won the total offense battle at 462-424. The ‘Cats gained 191 yards on the ground and 271 in the air. The Cardinals had 176 and 248 yards respectively. Anderson led the ‘Cats on the ground with 75 yards on 12 carries. Emeott was the leading ground gainer for the game with 111 yards on 18 carries. Rivera was 21-37-0 for 271 yards. Fred Wells had four catches for 87 yards. Nicholas Bloch led the defense with 10 total tackles (seven solo and three assisted). He also recorded a sack and had one-and-a-half tackles-for-loss.
Next week NMU is on the road at Ferris State. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.
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