'Cats Defeat Bulldogs
MARQUETTE, Mich. - The NorthernMichigan University Wildcats snapped a four-game losing streak to Ferris State Universityon Saturday night at the Superior Dome in Marquette, posting a 17-3 Great LakesIntercollegiate Athletic Conference win before a crowd of 3,116. NMU is now 2-1overall, 2-0 in the GLIAC. Ferris State is 1-1 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC.
It was NMU's first victory against the Bulldogs since the 'Cats posted a 23-21home victory in 1997. NMU had 318 yards in the hard-hitting contest.Quarterback Kyle Sweenor completed 23 of 36 passes for 242 yards and onetouchdown, a 26-yard scoring strike to redshirt freshman Nick Mauthe, his firstcollegiate reception. Sweenor was also intercepted three times.
The Wildcats added just 76 net yards rushing, 102 by junior tailback TerrellGoldsmith on 28 carries. It was the first 100 yard rushing game of the seasonfor NMU.
The Bulldogs had just 243 yards in total offense, 158 passing and 85 rushing.FSU quarterback Tom Marsan completed just 16 of 42 passes for 158 yards andthrew two interceptions. Tailback Derek Fudge was the rushing leader with 70yards on 23 carries.
Ferris State took a 3-0 lead with 10:04 to play in the first quarter on a 34yard field goal by Tom Perez. But, with 3:09 remaining in quarter one, NMU'sKyle Marotz tied the game with a 45-yard field goal.
The Wildcats then took a 10-3 halftime lead on Sweenor's pass to Mauthe with Marotzadding the extra point. The only other scoring came with 9:09 remaining in the third quarter when Sweenor rolled out on a bootleg and scored on a 5-yard runwith Marotz again kicking the extra point.
Senior defensive back Casey Young and junior linebacker Brandon Genwright ledthe NMU defense with nine total tackles each.
Michale King had nine tackles for Ferris State.
It was the first game for Ferris State following the death of their freshmandefensive end Matt Sklom.