September 11, 2004

Oilers Take Control Early

 

 

MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Home is meantto be a special place.  After spending the first two weeks on the road theSuperior Dome was supposed to be a special place for the â€Â˜Cats.  The dome wasanything but special for the â€Â˜Cats as The University of Findlay scored 13 firstquarter points and easily downed the home team 41-0 on Saturday night.  TheOilers are a perfect 3-0 overall on the season and 2-0 in the GLIAC.  The â€Â˜Catsfall to 0-3 overall and in the conference.

 

The first three times the Oilers had control of the ball inthe game they scored.  Jeff Pax accounted for six of the first 13 points as heconnected for two field goals of 34 and 35 yards at 12:02 and 2:58 respectively in the first quarter.  Sandwiched in between the field goals, was an18-yard run by Michael Simpson at 7:38 of the opening quarter.  Simpson led allrunners on the night with 153 yards on 14 carries.

 

The â€Â˜Cats had four first downs after the first 30 minutes ofplay and just 77 yards of total offense.  The Oilers had 14 first downs for thehalf and 258 yards of total offense. 

 

Findlay took control of the game in the final two quartersas they scored twice in each quarter.  Melvyn Griffin returned a Kyle Swenorpass 26 yards to extend the Oilers lead to 20-0 with the good point after.  TheOilers then made it 27-0 when Matt Berger hauled in a five-yard pass from KevinCrooks as Paxâ€Â™s extra point was good at 2:26 of the third quarter.

 

Crooks then added an 18-yard scamper in the early stages ofthe fourth quarter to give the Oilers a 34-0 lead with 14:53 left in the game.  The two scores in the third quarter and the first score in the fourthquarter were all the result of interceptions.  UFâ€Â™s final score of the game wason a Derrick Brazielâ€Â™s five-yard run with 1:18 left in the game.  Pax convertedhis fifth extra point on the night to go along with his two field goals for thefinal margin.

 

The Oilers pounded out 465 yards of total offense on thenight.  The home team had 207 yards (76 rushing and 131 passing).  Threehundred seventh one yards of the Oiler offense was on the ground.   Ã‚ The Oilerdefense held the â€Â˜Cats to a total of eight first downs for the game. 

 

Braziel ended the night with 121 yards on 13 carries. Crooks accounted for the Oilers passing as he was 22-9-1 for 94 yards.  Berger had four receptions for 37 yards while Andy Witker hauled in three passes for 38yards.

 

Abram McCoy led the â€Â˜Cats on the ground with 78 yards on 20carries.  NMU used four quarterbacks on the night as they had a combined fourinterceptions.  Mike Quiroz was 14-7-2 for 71 yards.  Vincent Mayfield had fourreceptions for 21 yards while Manuel Diaz caught three passes for 47 yards.

 

Findlay will play their home opener next week (Sept. 18)against Saginaw Valley while NMU will hit the road to face Wayne State.

 

 

 

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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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