Sams Era Gets Off To Rocky Start
ST. CLOUD, Minn. - The NorthernMichigan University Wildcats opened their 2002 season on the road and dropped a45-17 non-conference game to St. Cloud State University.
It was NMU's first-ever appearance at St. Cloud and their first loss to theHuskies in three games. NMU made its debut under new head coach Doug Sams buttrailed the entire game.
St. Cloud jumped out to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter, added eight morepoints in the second quarter and outscored the Wildcats 21-10 in the secondhalf. SCSU ran off 90 plays for 499 yards in total offense and had 30 firstdowns, holding the Wildcats to 12.
Quarterback Keith Heckendorfcompleted 19 of 35 passes for 261 yards and threwTD passes of 29, 42, 3 and 16 yards. He was intercepted twice.
Brian Olson led the Huskie rusher with 91 yards on 17 carries. The Wildcats ran65 plays for 308 yards in total offense, but had just nine net yards rushingand 299 passing.
Junior quarterback Kyle Swenor made his first start for Northern Michigan andcompleted 28 of 52 passes for 299 yards. He threw TD passes of 8-yards to PatRouzard and 9-yards to Brandon Munson. He was intercepted twice.
Rouzard, a junior college transfer also making his first start, had 9receptions for 159 yards. Redshirt freshman Corey Woods was the leading rusherwith 15 yards on four carries.
Defensively, Brandon Genwright with 13 tackles and Mike Oswald with 11 led NMU,while Nathan Twork and Casey Young had interceptions.
Shane Rohman and Matt Nicholson led St. Cloud with seven tackles each.
St. Cloud is now 1-0, NMU 0-1.
The Wildcats next game will be their GLIAC, and home-opener, on Saturday, Sept.14, hosting Mercyhurst College at 7 p.m. at the Superior Dome.