MARQUETTE, Mich. - The Northern Michigan football Wildcats posted their fourth straight home win on Saturday, October 19, 2002, beating Ashland University 24-14 before a Family/Band Daycrowd of 4,335.
NMU jumped out to a 17-0 first quarter lead and added a score early in thefourth quarter. The victory gives NMU a 5-2 overall record and a 5-1 GLIACrecord. Ashland dropped to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the GLIAC.
Neither team did much offensively. NMU had 254 yards in total offense with 185coming on the ground. Ashland had 260 yards in total offense, passing for 201.The Wildcats threw two interceptions and the Eagles one.
Penalties also hindered the flow of the game as NMU was whistled 12 times for158 yards and Ashland nine times for 100 yards.
NMU quarterback Kyle Swenor had his poorest day of the season passing as hecompleted 16 of 26 passes for 106 yards with two interceptions. Ashland QB JohnSzabo completed 24 of 36 passes for 201 yards with one TD.
Junior NMU tailback Terrell Goldsmith rushed for a season-high 153 yards on 27carries and scored three times on runs of 1, 39 and 18 yards.
Redshirt freshman kicker Kyle Marotz added three extra points and also kicked a45-yard field goal for the Wildcats.
On defense, seniors Ben Laarman and Mike Oswald led NMU with 11 tackles each.Casey Young had the only interception.
NMU is on the road for its next two games playing at Wayne State Universitynext Saturday and then at Michigan Tech.