MARQUETTE, Mich. – For the second time this season, Mark Bossuah rushed for over 200 yards and carried the ball over 30 times. His rushing on the day was the key for the Wildcats first win of the season. Bossuah rushed for 205 yards on 42 carries, a career high, to lead all rushers and scored twice in ‘Cats 28-18 win over the Northwood University Timberwolves on Homecoming. NMU is now 1-4 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) while the Timberwolves are at .500 with a 3-3 slate overall and in the conference.
Fred Wells gave the ‘Cats the early lead which they never gave up. He scored on a 14-yard run at 4:12 of the first quarter for the 7-0 advantage. Bossuah then would score twice in the second quarter to give the ‘Cats a 21-0 lead. His first touchdown was a one-yard sneak at 10:45. Bossuah then scored on a two-yard carry at 2:20. Both extra points were good by Anthony Leandri.
Northwood got on the board with 11 seconds left in the half. Antoine Carr caught a 15-yard strike from Spencer Klukowski. The kick was no good and the Timberwolves were in a 21-6 hole at the half.
The only NMU score in the second half was a Buddy Rivera five-yard run at 7:10. Leandri’s kick was good and the ‘Cats held a 28-6 lead. The Timberwolves answered with a one-yard run by Torris Childs at 2:16 of the quarter. Once again the kick was no good and NU trailed 28-12.
Childs scored again in the fourth quarter at 11:13 on a six-yard scamper. This time the Timberwolves went for the two-point conversion and did not convert to make the score 28-18.
NMU dominated the team stats. The ‘Cats had more first downs (23-17), yards rushing (262-223), yards passing (117-61) total offense (399-284) and time of possession (33:58-26:02).
Rivera ended the game with 117 yards passing (7-14-0) for 117 yards and rushed for 22 yards on seven carries. Dan Elmore hauled in three catches for 44 yards while Wells had two catches for 56 yards. Nathan Yelk led the defensive unit with seven total tackles (six solo and one assisted). He had a sack and two tackles-for-loss. Nicholas Bloch had six total tackles (four solo and two assisted).
The ‘Cats are back on the road next week at Ashland. Kickoff is set for Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.
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