October 9, 2004

Coach Sams Rolls The Dice


 

MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University football team looked like two different teams on Saturday afternoon at theSuperior Dome.  The first team was down 20-3 at the half, the second team wonthe game 35-27.  With the win the â€Â˜Cats are now 2-4 overall and in the GLIAC.  Ashland falls to 2-5 and 1-5 in the conference.

 

The â€Â˜Cats spotted the Eagles a 14-0 lead in the firstquarter.  Antwan Hart scored from five yards out at 7:28 of the openingquarter.  Chris Campbell returned a fumble recover 25 yards for a TD with threeminutes left in the quarter.  Kyle Marotz kicked a 29-yard field goal at the11:21 mark of the second quarter to get the â€Â˜Cats on the board.

 

The leg of Austin Wellock from Ashland extended the Eagleslead as he converted two field goals from almost the same distance.  His firstfield goal was a 33-yard kick with 10:06 left in the second quarter.  Wellockâ€Â™ssecond kick was good from 34 yards out with less than a minute left beforehalf.

 

NMU would answer the call with three scores in the thirdquarter.  Nick Mauthe caught a 14-yard pass from Kelly Reed at 12:55 of thequarter, with the good extra point the â€Â˜Cats were now down 20-10.  Marotz thenmade his second field goal of the game at 9:16 from 35 yards out to have theâ€Â˜Cats down by seven at 20-13.  Manuel Diazâ€Â™s seven-yard strike from Reed withthe good extra point tied the game at 20-all with 2:52 left in the thirdquarter.

 

The Eagles would answer to take the lead at 27-20 when JonSchroeder scored from one-yard out with 13:29 left in the game.  VincentMayfield caught the first of his two TD passes on the day when he connectedwith Reed for a 26-yard throw with 11:32 left in the fourth quarter.  CoachSams decided to gamble and he rolled the dice and went for the two-point conversion. Diaz caught a nice pass from Reed and the â€Â˜Cats had their first lead of thegame at 28-27.  Mayfield added an insurance TD with 6:37 left with a 28-yardpass from Reed.

 

Reed had a career day with 352 yards on 42-32-1 as he accountedfor all four of the NMU touchdowns.  Mauthe was his favorite target on the daywith 14 catches for 220 yards.  Dahn Borh led the â€Â˜Cats on the ground with 78yards on 21 carries.  Hart, from Ashland, was the leading ground gainer on theday with 131 yards on 25 carries.  Chad Kurian led the defense with 11 totaltackles (four solo and seven assisted).

 

The 459 yards of total offense was the â€Â˜Cats biggest game ofthe season.  NMU accumulated 107 yards on the ground and 352 yards in the air. Also, NMU was two-of-two in fourth down conversions.

 

NMU will have Homecoming next Saturday (Oct. 16) against Ferris State at 7:00 p.m.  It will also be the 100 year football celebration.

 

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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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