ALLENDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team concluded the 2007 season at Grand Valley State University on Saturday afternoon. GVSU led at the half 27-0 and took the game by a 44-14 count. NMU ends the season at 4-6 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The 'Cats ended the season by going 4-2 after beginning the season at 0-4.. GVSU will move on to the NCAA II Playoffs with a 10-0 overall record and a 9-0 mark in the GLIAC.
Blake Smolen put the Lakers on the board first with a one-yard run at 6:06 of the first quarter. With 2:46 left in the opening quarter, James Berezik scored from three yards out to give the home team a 13-0 lead. The extra point kick was no good.
In the second quarter the Lakers added two more touchdowns. Antione Trent caught a one-yard pass from Brad Iciek at 10:05. The kick was good and the Lakers held a 20-0 lead. With 30 seconds left before half, John Mathews hauled in a five-yard pass from Iciek, again the kick was good.
Trent caught a 26-yard pass from Iciek at 10:49 of the third quarter to make the score 34-0 with the good extra point. Todd Carter added three points (37-0) when he kicked a 24-yard field goal with 3:50 left. NMU got on the board when Mark Bossuah found the end zone from three yards out at 1:26. Anthony Leandri kicked the PAT and the ‘Cats were now down 37-7.
The fourth quarter saw each side trade a TD. GVSU scored first on a one-yard run by Chad Somerville with 10:44 left in the game. The kick was good and the Lakers held a 44-7 lead. Fred Wells then caught a five-yard pass from Buddy Rivera at 7:14. Jon Laue kicked the extra point (44-14).
Rivera ended the day with 160 yards passing on 19-33-4 and 14 yards rushing. He leaves NMU as the all-time leader in total offense with 7,781 yards and touchdown passes with 53. Dan Elmore led the ‘Cats with eight receptions for 78 yards. Bossuah led the team on the ground with 74 yards on 17 carries. He ends the season with 1,285 yards on 228 carries. Bossuah is the first NMU rusher since 1991 to gain over 1,200 yards in a season.
NMU gained 265 yards of total offense on the day (94 yards rushing and 171 yards passing). The Lakers had 564 yards of total offense (304 yards rushing and 260 yards passing).
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