Press Box


DETROIT, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University football team got what they needed on Saturday afternoon, a win. The â€Â˜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.  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.  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. The two-point attempt was not good and the â€Â˜Cats had the 12-7 after the first30 minutes of play.


Kyle Marotz accounted for all six of the â€Â˜Cats points in thethird quarter.  He connected on a 21-yard field goal with 10:28 left in the quarter for the 15-7 NMU lead.  Marotz then split the goal posts with a 19-yardfield goal at 3:26 of the quarter, which made the score 18-7.  Marotzâ€Â™s secondfield goal was set up when Chad Kurian recovered a WSU fumble.  The Warriorsadded a score on a 49-yard run at 2:07 for the final margin.   Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ 


McCoy had 143 yards on the ground for the game on 31 carries,for the game-high honor.  His lone catch of the day was the TD pass.  Quirozwas 25-11-2 for 124 yards.  Vincent Mayfield had a game-high five receptionsfor 63 yards.  NMU grounded out 255 yards on the ground and threw for 124 yardson the day.  The defense held the Warriors to 190 yards of total offense forthe game (145 yards rushing and 45 yards passing). 


Kurian led the NMU defense with seven solo and six assistedtackles. Ã‚  Matt Shem added six solo and four assisted tackles. 


The â€Â˜Cats face Gannon on Saturday night (Sept. 25) at 7 p.m. in the Superior Dome for their next game.




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director