Press Box


BIG RAPIDS, Mich. - The long and winding road has takenthe NMU football team from Cedar Falls, Iowato Erie, Pa.and tonight to Big Rapids, Mich.  The first two stops the â€Ã‚˜Cats could not pickup a win.  Tonight the â€Ã‚˜Cats found waysto stay in the game and come away with a 26-14 win over Ferris State.  With the win, the first for the â€Ã‚˜Cats on theseason, the team is now 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC.  Ferris falls to 1-2 and 0-2 in theconference.

NMU jumped out to a 10-0 lead asKyle Marotz kicked a 43-yard field goal at 9:27of the second quarter.  Kyle Swenor wouldfollow that up with a two-yard scamper with 2:04left in the quarter.  FSU cut the â€Ã‚˜Catslead to 10-7 when Derek Fudge found his way into the end zone from one yardout.  Marotz kicked his second field goalof the quarter when he hit it home from 50 yards out with no time left on theclock for the first half.

The Bulldogs would take the leadat 14-13 on an 87-yard sprint by Fudge at the 3:53mark of the third quarter.

The fourth quarter was all â€Ã‚˜Catsas Abram McCoy scored the go-ahead TD seconds into the quarter at 14:56 to give NMU the lead at 19-14.  Corey Woods added an insurance TD at 9:23 for the final margin from three yards out.

The Bulldogs won the battle offirst downs at 22 to 14 and in total offense at 388 yards to 277 yards.  On the ground the Bulldogs racked up 175yards on 33 carries.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats led byWoods and McCoy had 147 yards on 52 carries. Woods led NMU with 64 yards on 16 carries while McCoy added 62 yards on23 carries.  Two quarterbacks combinedfor 213 yards through the air for FSU. Swenor had 130 yards on 10-21-1on the night.

Special teams came up big for theâ€Ã‚˜Cats to stay in the game.  Marotz whohas been doing all the kicking had 10 punts for 345 yards and two fieldgoals. 

The â€Ã‚˜Cats tied a NMU record withsix interceptions on the night as six different defenders had one pickeach.  Back in 1978 the â€Ã‚˜Cats had sixinterceptions against UW-Whitewater. Brandon Genwright led the defense with 12 total tackles as he had agame-high nine solo tackles.  Two of histackles were for losses and he had one of the six interceptions as he ran itback for 46 yards.  Matt Shem had sixsolo tackles and an interception return for 23 yards.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats finally have a homegame as they will face Indianapolisnext Saturday night in a 7:00 p.m.kickoff, which is Homecoming/Hall of Fame.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director