MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan University football Wildcats opened their home season on Saturday night anddefeated Mercyhurst College, 37-7. It was the Great Lakes IntercollegiateAthletic Conference opener for both teams. NMU is now 1-1 overall, 1-0 in theGLIAC and Mercyhurst is also 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the GLIAC.
It was also the first win at NMU for new coach Doug Sams who was appointed the19th head coach in school history on February 7, 2002.
NMU jumped out to a 14-7 first quarter lead. There was no scoring in the secondquarter. NMU out-scored the Lakers 20-0 in the third quarter and added a48-yard field goal by redshirt freshman Kyle Marotz with 9:45 to play in the game.
The Wildcats had 444 yards in total offense, 314 passing and 130 rushing. Theyagain rode the arm of junior quarterback Kyle Swenor. Making just his secondcollegiate start, he completed 29 of 40 passes for 314 yards and threwtouchdowns of 16 yards to Justin Orvis and 24 yards to Pat Rouzard. Rouzard had9 receptions for 82 yards while senior Brandon Munson pulled in a career-high12 catches for 123 yards.
Tailback Terrell Goldsmith led NMU in rushing with 53 yards on 15 carries.
Mercyhurst, playing NMU for the first time, had just 239 yards in totaloffense, 179 passing and 60 rushing. Quarterback Brett Weidig completed 12 of30 passes for 156 yards with one interception. Phil Provenzano rushed 13 timesfor a team-high 39 yards. Mercyhurst only scoring came in the first quarterwhen Scott Mackar intercepted a pass and returned it 33 yards for a TD.