September 6, 2003

'Cats Shutout In Opening Game Of The Season

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa â€Ã‚“ The Wildcats went up a division onSaturday by playing the NCAA I-AA, Northern Iowa Panthers and they found outwhat it was like to play a game with the big boys.  At the sound of the final gun in the UNI-Domethe â€Ã‚˜Cats looked up at the scoreboard and saw the 62-0 score in favor of thePanthers.  It was the â€Ã‚˜Cats fourthopening game loss of the season in the last five opening games. 

The Panthers scored 14 points in the first quarter, 13 inthe second, 21 in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth quarter.  For the game the Panthers had 484 yards oftotal offense on 76 plays.  It was thefirst time that an NMU team has been shutout since the opening game of the 1999season, when North Dakotadefeated the â€Ã‚˜Cats 29-0.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats havegiven up more than 60 points in their last two games, going back to the 2002finale against Northwood, when  NMU gaveup 64 points. 

Kyle Swenor was 21-37-1 for 152 yards on the day in theair.  The leading ground gainer for theâ€Ã‚˜Cats was Abram McCoy with 47 yards on 11 carries.  Vinney Mayfield caught seven of Swenorâ€Ã‚™spasses for 75 yards.

Ryan Wender had 10 total tackles on the day to lead thedefense.  Matt Shem had nine-and-a-halftackles on the day.  Both Wender and Shemhad eight solo tackles.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats continue with their road quest as they travel to Erie, Pa. next week to take on the MercyhurstLakers at 1:30 p.m.  NMU will play athird road game in a row when they play at Ferris State on Sept. 20.