Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich.â€Ã‚“ The 2003 football season came to a close for the Northern MichiganUniversity Wildcats on Saturday night at the Superior Dome.  Northwood use their option offense to handthe â€Ã‚˜Cats a 56-17 defeat.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats endthe season with a 3-8 overall record and a 3-7 mark in the GLIAC.  The Timberwolves end the season with a 6-5overall slate and a 6-4 mark in the conference. The game ended with 25 seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarterwhen both teams came out onto the field after a kickoff.

 The Timberwolvesjumped out to a 14-0 lead after the first 15 minutes of action.  They scored a TD at 12:34 of the second quarter to make it 21-0 before theâ€Ã‚˜Cats got on the board.

Kyle Swenor kept the ball for a nine-yard run at 9:31 of the second quarter to make the score21-7.  NU would then score twice more inthe second quarter to make it 35-7.  KyleMarotz kicked a 23-yard field goal with five seconds left before half to makethe score 35-10 after the first 30 minutes of football. 

The second half was all Northwood as they added 21 morepoints in the third quarter.  The â€Ã‚˜Catsadded a score in the fourth quarter when Pat Rouzardcaught a 25-yard strike from Swenor with 30 secondleft in the game.

For the game the Timberwolves had 511 yards of total offenseon just 58 plays which works out almost nine yards a play.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats ran 90 plays for 304 yards of totaloffense.  NMU had the ball for 32:33 ofthe game.  The â€Ã‚˜Cats won the battle ofthe first downs with 24 for the game as NU had 21.

Abram McCoy ran for 117 yards on 32 carries and caught 11passes for 75 yards.  Swenor had 14 yardsrushing on 11 carries and threw for 161 yards on 42-20-2.