October 4, 2003

'Cats Turnovers Costly

 

HILLSDALE, Mich. â€Ã‚“ The NMU football team won almostevery category against the Chargers on Saturday afternoon except the one thatreally counted.  The one that the â€Ã‚˜Catslost on Saturday was the final score on the scoreboard at the end of the gameas the Chargers won the game 27-20.  NMUfalls to 2-3 overall on the season and 2-2 in the GLIAC.  Hillsdale improves to 2-3 and 2-2 in theconference.

 

The Chargers jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Kyle Marotzconnected from 31 yards out to get the â€Ã‚˜Cats on the board at 13:31 of the second quarter.  Pat Rouzard caught a six-yard strike fromKyle Swenor to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the lead with the good extra point at 10-6 at 10:31 of the second quarter.  The Chargers went on to score two TDs in thesecond quarter to take a 20-10 lead into the locker room at the half.

 

The only scoring in the third quarter came on a Marotz25-yard field goal at 10:03 of thequarter to have the â€Ã‚˜Cats within seven at 20-13.  Manuel Diaz caught a 27-yard pass from Swenorto get NMU to within one as Marotz made the extra point to tie the game at20-all with about six minutes left in the game.

 

Hillsdale scored their final TD on the afternoon to win thegame with a one-yard run with three minutes left in the game.  NMU had one more chance as the â€Ã‚˜Cats hadfirst and 10 at the Chargers 16 yard line with about two and a half minutesleft in the game.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats had onerushing play in which they lost four yards and three incompletions to finishthe game.  Swenor on the afternoon had 410yards of passing on 66-31-4.  Diaz hadfour catches for 105 yards to lead the â€Ã‚˜Cats. Abram McCoy led the â€Ã‚˜Cats on the ground with 57 yards on 14 carries.

 

For the game the â€Ã‚˜Cats had 24 first downs to Hillsdaleâ€Ã‚™s16.  NMU had 516 yards of total offense (92rushing and 424 passing).  The Chargershad 359 yards of total offense (85 rushing and 274 passing).  Turnovers played a big part of the game asthe â€Ã‚˜Cats turned to ball over six times as two came on fumbles and four passes wereintercepted.  Hillsdale gave the ball upfive times on three fumbles and two interceptions.

 

NMU returns home to the Superior Dome next Saturdayafternoon (October 11) to face the defending NCAA II National Champion GrandValley State University Lakers at 1 p.m.

 

 

 



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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