MARQUETTE, Mich. - The NorthernMichigan Wildcats came from behind on Saturday afternoon to defeat theHillsdale Chargers, 26-23, in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conferencegame at the Superior Dome in Marquette before a Homecoming crowd of 3,579.
The win leaves NMU undefeated in GLIAC play with a 4-0 record. It was alsotheir fourth straight win giving them a 4-1 overall record. Hillsdale drops to1-4 overall and 1-3 in the GLIAC.
NMU jumped out to a 3-0 first quarter lead on a 27 yard field goal by Kyle Marotz.The 'Cats extended their lead to 10-0 on a two-yard run by Terrell Goldsmithwith 14:40 to play in the first half as Marotz added the extra point.
Hillsdale then scored on a 19 yard pass from Bill Skelton to Keith Recker andMatt Mechinger added the extra point to make it 10-7. The Wildcats answeredwith a 9-yard TD pass from Kyle Swenor to Brandon Munson with Marotz againkicking the extra point. Mechinger then added a 34 yard field goal as timeexpired to make the halftime score, NMU 17, Hillsdale 10.
The Chargers pulled to within one point as Skelton scored on a 1-yard run with 8:48 to play in the third quarter. The extra point try was no good. Marotz then added a38-yard NMU field goal to close out the scoring in the third quarter with NMUleading 20-16.
The two teams traded TD passes in the fourth quarter with Skelton hitting BlakeBarisich with an 11 yard pass but Swenor answered with the 4-yarder to JeffOsborne with 5:13 to play.
Swenor completed 25 if 41 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns. Skeltoncompleted 24 of 40 passes for 281 yards and two TD's.
Goldsmith was the leading rusher with 124 yards on 30 carries, while KevinClive rushed for 90 on 23 carries for Hillsdale.
Brandon Genwright led the NMU defense with 14 tackles, Mike Oswald had 11 andCasey Young 10. Rob North led Hillsdale with 13 and Tim O'Malley had 10.