Press Box


ASHLAND, Ohioâ€Ã‚“ The road woes continued for the â€Ã‚˜Cats on Saturday afternoon at Ashland.  NMU down by seven at the half as the â€Ã‚˜Cats couldnot get anything going in the second half as the Eagles won by a score of31-10.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats are now 2-5 overall and2-4 in the GLIAC with the loss.  Ashlandimproves to 2-6 and 2-5 in the conference.

Kyle Marotz struck first for the â€Ã‚˜Cats as he converted a25-yard field goal at 7:39 of thefirst quarter.  Toure Carter gave theEagles the lead at 7-3 when he intercepted a Kyle Swenor pass and ran it backfor a 27-yard interception return. Ã‚  NMUwould retake the lead at 9:40 of thesecond quarter when Vinney Mayfield caught a 14-yard strike from Swenor, theextra point was good by Marotz to make the score 10-7.  Ã‚ Ashlandwould score a field goal and a touchdown to end the half leading 17-10.

Ashland wouldadd scores in the third and fourth quarter for the final margin.

On the day the â€Ã‚˜Cats won the total offense battle as theymustered 386 yards to the Eagles 379 yards. NMU had 23 first downs to AUâ€Ã‚™s 19. The Eagles on the ground rushed for 209 yards while the â€Ã‚˜Cats could onlygain 87 yards of real estate on the day. But the air was won by NMU with 299 yards on the afternoon as Ashlandhad 170 yards passing.

Abram McCoy led the â€Ã‚˜Cats on the ground with 84 yards on 19carries.  Swenor was 50-29-4 for 258yards.  His favorite target on the daywas Mayfield with 13 catches for 85 yards.

The â€Ã‚˜Cats return to the friendly confines of the SuperiorDome to face Wayne State next Saturday night which will be the first of twostraight home games (Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m.).



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director