'Cats Fall A Leg Short
MARQUETTE, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ A crazy day in theGLIAC turned into a crazy night at the Superior Dome.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After hearing the scoresof the afternoon games with Michigan Tech defeating Northwood and SaginawValley downing Grand Valley it looked liked the time and the place for theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats to score a big win of their own.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Coach Doug Sams entering the game onSaturday night against the Bulldogs of Ferris State was a perfect 2-0 all-timeagainst the school from Big Rapids, Mich.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ When the dust settled in the domethe Bulldogs pulled out a 17-14 win over the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats in OT.
NMU is now 2-5 overall and in the GLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogsimprove to 6-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference.
With no scoring in the first quarter, Vincent Mayfieldcaught a 19-yard pass from Kelly Reed at 13:56 of the second quarter to givethe ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats the early 6-0 lead, the extra point was missed.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The NMU lead held upto the end of the first half.
FS started the second half with a bang as Jim Skodak tookthe opening kickoff of the second half 85 yards to the house.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The extra pointwas good and the Bulldogs had their first lead of the game at 7-6.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ CarltonBrewster caught a 22-yard pass from Tom Marsan, with the good point after toextend the Bulldog lead to 14-7 at 7:14 of the third quarter.
With 6:18 left in the fourth quarter Reed found Manuel Diazfor a 24-yard strike to cut the lead to 14-12.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ But, once again Coach Sams hada little trick up his sleeve and went for the two-point conversion.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ AbramMcCoy found the corner of the end zone for the two points and the game was tiedat 14-all.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats still had one more chance to win the game as theyput together a 15-play 67-yard drive to the FS nine-yard line.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats linedup for a 26-yard field goal attempt with eight ticks left on the clock, thekick was up and wide right.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
In the extra session, the Bulldogs received the ball firstand kicked a 44-yard field goal after running three plays to take the lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU got the ball back and Reed under threw his intended receiver and it was interceptedby Kevin Myers of Ferris.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats did win the battle of the stats as the team had418 yards of total offense on 74 plays.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs had 207 yards of totaloffense on 70 plays.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 109 yards on the ground as McCoy led the way with61 yards on 15 carries.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Reed had 309 yards passing on 24-44-1 with two TDs.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hisfavorite target was Diaz as he hauled in eight passes for 122 yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ JimCouretas on the defensive front had eight solo and six assisted tackles.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will have their next to last road trip of the seasonnext week when they travel to University Center, Mich. To tangle with the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals on Saturday, Oct. 23 at noon.