HOUGHTON, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The annual footballbattle between Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech opened the 2004football schedule for both teams on Saturday.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the line, the MinerÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Cup andthe sandwich board challenge between the two athletic directors.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When thedust had settled the Huskies will take possession of the MinerÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Cup with a 45-6win over the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It was the second win for the Huskies in the past threegames over the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Doug Sams is now 0-3 in opening games of the season asthe head coach at NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
MTU took their first possession of the game and went 74yards in six plays for the early 7-0 lead at the 12:34 mark of the firstquarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Huskies would add a field goal in the first quarter to take thelead 10-0 after the first 15 minutes of play.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The second quarter saw MTU add atouchdown to give the home team the 17-0 lead at the half.
The second half the Huskies exploded for 21 points in thethird quarter to put the game away at 38-0.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MTU added a TD in the fourthquarter on a 23-yard pass from Dan Mettlach to Brad Ruhanen to make the score45-0 with over 14 minutes to play in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats got on the board andavoided the shutout when Abram McCoy took it in from one-yard out with 12:53left in the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The extra point kick failed.
For the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats managed 295 yards of total offenseand 15 first downs.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the ground the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 70 yards on 36 carries and 225yards in the air.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On the day NMU used three quarterbacks as Kelly Reed startedthe game (10-6-1) and had 79 yards, Kyle Swenor came in relief (14-6-1) and threw for 65 yards and Mike Quiroz saw some time under center (7-5-0) as he led the trio with 81 yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ McCoy led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the ground with 63yards on 27 carries.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Vincent Mayfield hauled in a game-high 12 receptions for156 yards.
NMU will face Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. next Saturday,Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m.