'Cats Pick Up First Win Of The Season In Motown
DETROIT, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University football team got what they needed on Saturday afternoon, a win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with 379 yards of total offense on the day against the Wayne StateWarriors came out on the correct side of the 18-13 score.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU is now 1-3overall and in the GLIAC while the Warriors are 0-3 on the season overall andin conference play.
All the scoring for the game was in the second and thirdquarters as Abram McCoy caught a five-yard pass from Mike Quiroz, at 14:54, for the early 6-0 lead as the point after touchdown was not good. WSU took the 7-6lead when Chad Blair found paydirt on a 15-yard run at 8:35 of the second quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ With a little more than two minutes left before halftime, Quiroz wasinvolved on his second TD of the day when found the goal line from a yard out.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The two-point attempt was not good and the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had the 12-7 after the first30 minutes of play.
Kyle Marotz accounted for all six of the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats points in thethird quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He connected on a 21-yard field goal with 10:28 left in the quarter for the 15-7 NMU lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marotz then split the goal posts with a 19-yardfield goal at 3:26 of the quarter, which made the score 18-7.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ MarotzÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s secondfield goal was set up when Chad Kurian recovered a WSU fumble.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Warriorsadded a score on a 49-yard run at 2:07 for the final margin.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
McCoy had 143 yards on the ground for the game on 31 carries,for the game-high honor.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ His lone catch of the day was the TD pass.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Quirozwas 25-11-2 for 124 yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Vincent Mayfield had a game-high five receptionsfor 63 yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU grounded out 255 yards on the ground and threw for 124 yardson the day.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The defense held the Warriors to 190 yards of total offense forthe game (145 yards rushing and 45 yards passing).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Kurian led the NMU defense with seven solo and six assistedtackles.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Matt Shem added six solo and four assisted tackles.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats face Gannon on Saturday night (Sept. 25) at 7 p.m. in the Superior Dome for their next game.