Press Box


UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. â€Ã‚“ For the second time this season the Northern Michigan Universityfootball team played the top team in NCAA II football.  Earlier in the season the â€Ã‚˜Cats played GrandValley when they were ranked number one in NCAA II, yesterday NMU playedSaginaw Valley State as they defeated the Lakers a couple of weeks ago andbecame the top team this past week.  Atthe sound of the final horn the â€Ã‚˜Cats were defeated again by the top team,42-15.  At the half the â€Ã‚˜Cats held a 15-13lead.

NMU falls to 3-7 overall and 3-6 in the GLIAC with theloss.  SVSU improves to 10-0 and 9-0 inthe conference. 

The Cardinals scored twice in the first quarter on two fieldgoals, for the early 6-0 lead.  The â€Ã‚˜Catswould strike for 15 points in the second quarter.  Abram McCoy scored on a four-yard run at 12:59 of the quarter.  Then the â€Ã‚˜Cats recorded a safety against theCardinals to stretch the lead to 9-6. Nick Mauthe made the score 15-6 when he caughta seven-yard pass from Kyle Swenor with about sevenminutes left in the quarter.  The twopoint conversion failed.  SVSU scoredright before the half to narrow the â€Ã‚˜Cats lead to 15-13.

The second half was a different story as the Cardinalsscored 29 points and the â€Ã‚˜Cats could not find their way onto thescoreboard.  SVSU scored 16 points in thethird quarter and 13 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

McCoy led the â€Ã‚˜Cats on the day on the ground with 92 yardson 25 carries and in the air with seven catches for 56 yards.  Swenor was 37-23-4for 206 yards.  Brandon Genwright playing in his hometown ended the day with 10total tackles (eight solo) and two interceptions.

NMU has one more game left for the 2003 season as they hostNorthwood next Saturday night (Nov. 15) at 7:00 p.m. in the Superior Dome.