MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team snapped out of its six-game skid with a 29-21 win over the visiting the University of Findlay Oilers Saturday. With the win the Wildcats are now 2-6 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Oilers fall to 2-7 overall and 1-7 in the conference.
Findlay led the entire first half. Melvin Jackson scored from one-yard out at 5:16 of the first quarter and with the good extra point the Oilers were up 7-0r UF made the count 14-0 at 13:38 of the second quarter when Mike Chambers scampered in from 65 yards for a touchdown.
NMU added nine points later in the quarter. Carter Kopach found his way into the end zone from five yards out, but the extra point was no good. The ‘Cats now trailed 14-6. With one tick left before the half, Anthony Leandri booted a 40-yard field goal as the ‘Cats went into the locker room down 14-9.
NMU would score three times in the second half to take the game. Fred Wells playing as a running back today scored at 9:46 of the third quarter from 10 yards out. The extra point kick was good as the ‘Cats had the lead which they would not give up (16-14). Kopach then snuck in from a yard out at 9:40 of the fourth quarter, the extra point was no good (22-14). Wells scored his second touchdown of the game at 4:25 of the final quarter as the kick was good and the ‘Cats had a 29-14 lead. UF added a late touchdown with 2:27 left in the game. Chambers caught a four-yard pass from Jonathan Mora.
The past couple of weeks the offense has struggled a bit. NMU came out of the funk with 395 yards of total offense (246 rushing and 149 passing). Wells led all carriers with 119 yards on 23 carries. Kopach had the entire passing yardage for the ‘Cats on 23-13-2. Zach Nichols and Dan Elmore had four catches each.
Nathan Yelk led the defense with 17 total tackles (14 solo and three assisted). Two-and-a-half of his tackles were for losses. Anthony Marietti had an interception return for 45 yards.
NMU will lay its 2008 home finale next Saturday (Nov. 1) against the top ranked team in NCAA II, the Grand Valley State Lakers. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
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