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MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Ã‚“ Playing in the Superior Dome is supposed to be a magical experience forthe NMU Wildcats, but on Saturday night after a little over three hours offootball the Wayne State Warriors had the magic as Greg Gunderson kicked a30-yard field goal to give the Motown boys a come from behind 45-42 win overthe â€Ã‚˜Cats.  The winning field goal wasset up by a â€Ã‚˜Cat fumble with a little over a minute left in the game.  About a minute earlier Gunderson missed a30-yard field goal attempt.  With the winWayne Stateis now 3-5 overall and 2-5 in GLIAC play. NMU drops to 2-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference.

The Warriors fumbled the openingkickoff of the game and the â€Ã‚˜Cats recovered the ball at the Wayne State 36 yardline and scored eight plays later on a one-yard pass from Kyle Swenor to MarkJackan with the extra point good the â€Ã‚˜Cats had the early 7-0 lead.  Abram McCoy would score the next twotouchdowns to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the lead at 21-0. His first TD came on a nine-yard run at 3:11of the first quarter.  At 10:57 of the second quarter, McCoy scored fromone-yard out.

Then it would be the Warriors turnto score twice to cut the lead to 21-14. Craig Duppong scored on a five-yard run at 8:07of the second quarter.  Nick Body thencaught a 17-yard pass from Randy Hutchison at 6:16of the quarter.  Vinney Mayfield caughtthe first of his three TD pass on the evening with 22 seconds left before halfto give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the lead at 28-14 going into the locker room.

With a little over four minutesgone in the third quarter Duppong scored his second TD of the evening on atwo-yard run to cut into the â€Ã‚˜Cats lead at 28-21.  Mayfield then caught his second TD on a47-yard pass play to give the â€Ã‚˜Cats the lead again at 14 points (35-31).  Jake Weingartz blocked a Kyle Marotz punt andteammate Shomari Moss recovered the block and ran it back for a 23-yard blockedpunt return to get the Warriors within seven at 35-28 with 3:19 left in the third quarter.  Mayfield would  answer for the â€Ã‚˜Cats in the next series as hecaught his third touchdown pass from Swenor on a 50-yard pass play at 1:22 ofthe quarter with the kick good the â€Ã‚˜Cats were up by 14 points going into thefourth quarter (42-28).

The final quarter of the night wasall Warriors as Wayne Statescored 17 points in the 15 minutes. Duppong accounted for two of the scores. He had a 26-yard pass from Hutchison with 11:39left in the game to get the Warriors within seven at 42-35.  His second TD of the quarter came with 7:37left in the game on a two-yard run to tie it at 42-all with the extra pointkick good.  Then that set up Gundersonâ€Ã‚™sfinal two field goal attempts to end the game. 

First downs on the night werealmost even as NMU had 25 first downs while WSU had 23.  Total yardage favored the home team as theâ€Ã‚˜Cats racked up 498 yards of total offense to the Warriors 372.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats gained 218 yards on the ground on53 carries and recorded 280 yards in the air. Wayne Statehad 120 yards on the ground on 37 carries and 252 yards in the air.  Turnovers cost the â€Ã‚˜Cats as they had twointerceptions and had three fumbles and lost two of them.   Ã‚ TheWarriors just had two fumbles on the night and lost both of them.  NMU (33:25) had the clock in their favor asthey had the ball almost seven more minutes than the Warriors (26:35).

McCoy led the â€Ã‚˜Cats on the groundwith 36 carries for 131 yards and two touchdowns.  Swenor for the â€Ã‚˜Cats was 27-18-2 for 280yards with four touchdowns.  Mayfieldhauled in a team-high 10 catches for 162 yards and the three touchdowns.

For the Warriors, Duppong had 104yards on 23 carries and scored three times. Hutchison was 24-19-0 for 252 yards and two touchdowns.  Body had a game-high 11 catches for 170 yardsand one score.

NMU has their second game in a rowin the Dome next week against Michigan Tech. Wayne Stateplays Northwood in Detroit.






Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director