MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Letâ€Â™s takeyou back to the old west, when there was a good old fashioned shootout at highnoon.  Well you could say that Northern Michigan University head football coachDoug Sams was the gun slinger and the Gannon Golden Knights were the strangersin town.  When the dust had settled at the Superior Dome at about 10 minutesafter 10 p.m. on Saturday night the 1,700 plus fans saw a good old GLIAC shootoutwhich the visitorâ€Â™s won by a 45-40 score.  Gannon is now 2-3 overall and in theGLIAC.  The â€Â˜Cats are now 1-4 overall and for the conference. 


Coach Sams left a ticket for Jerry Glanville at the ticketwindow once again.  He would have enjoyed this game.  The two teams combinedfor 85 points, over 850 yards of total offense and a combined 39 first downs.


The Golden Knights took control early with two first quartertouchdowns.  Ron Bailey scored to give Gannon the early 7-0 lead with the goodextra point at 9:07 of the opening quarter.  Al Donadi made the score 14-0 witha 21-yard TD run at 5:29 of the first quarter.


The â€Â˜Cats got on the board in the second quarter when ChrisMessano scored on a nine-yard pass from Mike Quiroz within the opening minutesof the second quarter (14:14) to narrow the Golden Knights lead to 14-7.

Vincent Mayfield caught a 44-yard strike from Quiroz at 8:24 of the quarter, but the extra point kick failed and NMU was down 14-13.  Gannon wouldmake the score 17-13 on a 31-yard field goal by Brendan McNichols at 5:32 of the quarter.


The â€Â˜Cats would take the lead on back-to-back TDs.  NickMauthe caught a five-yard pass from Quiroz at 2:36 then Abram McCoy added aone-yard run with 10 seconds left before half to give the â€Â˜Cats the 27-17 leadafter the first 30 minutes of play.


Gannon made the score 27-24 when Donadi scampered in fromfour yards out at 6:37 of the third quarter.  The final 15 minutes of the gamewas a unique setting.


The fourth quarter saw a total of 34 points scored.  Theâ€Â˜Cats still were hanging on to a lead, but that would change.  Gannon wouldtake the lead for good when they scored twice in a span of about 19 seconds. Bailey scored at 10:36 of the fourth quarter from four yards out to give theGolden Knights the 31-27 lead.  The next TD for Gannon was set-up when KellyReedâ€Â™s pass was intercepted by Ronald Keels.  Gannonâ€Â™s first play after theinterception went for a 64-yard TD strike from Darmel Whitfield to VincentAustin to give Gannon a commanding 38-27 lead with 10:17 left in the game.


The â€Â˜Cats struck again with 8:12 left when McCoy scored hissecond TD of the game on a 25-yard pass from Reed as the two-point attempt wasno good.  So, like a gun slinger the â€Â˜Cats were now down 38-33, with still moreto come.


Whitfield scored his first rushing TD of the night from 17yards out with 2:30 left in the game.  The kick was good and Gannon now had a45-33 lead.  With less than two minutes left in the game Mauthe caught hissecond TD pass of the night from Reed from 17 yards out as the kick was good tomake the score 45-40.  Coach Sams then called for the on-side kick which theâ€Â˜Cats recovered.  NMU ran four plays and could not generate another scoreand/or first down to keep the drive alive.  The Golden Knights then ran out theclock to end the game.


Gannon had 474 yards of total offense on the night (163yards on the ground and 311 yards passing).  The â€Â˜Cats had a grand total of 380yards of total offense for the night with 78 yards coming on the ground and 302yards through the air.  Both teams ran 75 plays each.  Whitfield from Gannontallied 84 yards rushing on 23 carries and was 29-16-1 for 311 yards passing. McCoy led the â€Â˜Cats on the ground with 80 yards on 29 carries.  Quiroz had 187yards passing on 22-14-2, before leaving the game with a knee injury.  Reedcame in and was 13-7-1 for 115 yards.  The two NMU quarterbacks combined forfive passing touchdowns. Mauthe had six catches for 125 yards on the night. 


NMU has next Saturday off before hosting Ashland on Oct. 9at 1:00 p.m.











Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director