ERIE, Pa. – The Northern Michigan University football team won its third game in a row and fourth of the past five with a 27-23 win over the Golden Knights of Gannon University. With the win, head coach Bernie Anderson picked up his 100th career collegiate victory. He had 93 wins at Michigan Tech in 19 seasons and currently has seven wins in his second season at NMU.
The Wildcats improve to 4-5 on the season overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Gannon is still in search of its first win as they fall to 0-10 overall and 0-9 in the GLIAC.
The first quarter saw the Golden Knights take a 13-7 lead. GU got on the board first with a 15-yard run by Jon Richardson with 10:24 left in the quarter. The kick failed as the home team held a 6-0 lead. NMU answered with a 15-yard pass from Buddy Rivera to Fred Wells at 6:58. The extra point kick was good by Anthony Leandri, now NMU had the 7-6 lead. A little more than five minutes later, Richardson ran it in from five yards out. The kick was good as the Golden Knights held the lead (13-7).
The score would hold up until the second half. Zach Nichols hauled in a 12-yard pass from Rivera at 11:36 of the third quarter. The PAT was blocked as the score was now 13-all. Jeremy Ditzier gave the Golden Knights a 16-13 lead when he booted a 26-yard field goal with 7:23 left in the quarter.
With about two minutes gone in the fourth quarter, Mark Bossuah gave the ‘Cats the lead again at 20-16 with a one-yard run (12:59). Leandri’s kick was good. Richardson would answer for the home team with a 20-yard sprint at 12:22 and with the good kick, GU was up once again at 23-20. The Golden Knights scoring drive was three plays for 70 yards. NMU answered with its own drive. The ‘Cats went three plays in 57 yards for what turned out to be the winning score. Nichols and Rivera hooked up again at 11:04, but this time it was a 46-yard strike. The extra point kick was good and the ‘Cats had the 27-23 lead.
GU had one last chance at a score. They had the ball at the NMU 20-yard line with less than 30 seconds left in the game, but could not score in four tries at the end zone.
NMU had its second highest output of total offense on the season with 516 yards (229 yards rushing and 287 yards passing). GU had 426 yards of total offense (260 yards rushing and 166 yards passing). The ‘Cats did have control of the ball for over half the game (31:15).
Bossuah led the ‘Cats with 133 yards on the ground on 29 carries. Richardson led all rushers with 147 yards on 23 carries. Rivera ended the game with 287 yards on 20-38-0. Wells led all receivers with six catches for 64 yards. Nichols had four receptions for 84 yards while Luke Carlson had three catches for 69 yards. Nicholas Bloch led the defense with 13 total tackles (five solo and eight assisted).
NMU will play at Grand Valley State next Saturday, Nov. 10 for the season finale.
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