Press Box


UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. â€Â“ The NMU footballteam ran into a buzz saw on Saturday at Saginaw Valley State University.  The Cardinals racked up 28 points in the second quarter alone and cruised to a42-7 win over the â€Â˜Cats.  With the loss the â€Â˜Cats are now 2-6 overall and inthe GLIAC.  SVSU improves to 6-2 overall and in the conference.


SVSU scored seven points in the first quarter when Bob Awreycaught a 13-yard pass from Mark Radlinski at 2:39 and with the good extrapoints took the 7-0 lead.  Then what seemed like the flood gates opening, theCardinals scored four touchdowns in the second quarter. 


The first three TDs of the quarter were all on the ground. Justin Barcey scampered in from eight yards out at 11:25, then Michael Collins ranit in from three yards out at 5:20 and Logan Barnhart snuck in for a one-yardTD at 4:21 of the quarter.  All the extra points were good and the Cardinalsled 28-0.  With 1:26 left on the clock before halftime, SVSU scored again on aseven-yard strike from Radlinski to Rick Cottengim to give the home team the35-0 lead at intermission.


The fourth quarter saw each team score a TD.  Barnhart ranit in for his second score of the day at 7:31 and with the good extra point theCardinals led the â€Â˜Cats 42-0.  NMU would get on the board when Gary (Buddy)Rivera found Vincent Mayfield in the end zone for a 10-yard TD pass with 3:03left in the game for the final score.


SVSU had almost 400 yards of total offense on the day (393yards) as the Cardinals had 132 yards on the ground and 261 in the air.  Theâ€Â˜Cats had 249 yards of total offense for the game as it was 68 yards on theground and 181 through the air.  Abram McCoy led the â€Â˜Cats with 17 carries for46 yards and had a team-high five catches for 26 yards. 


NMU will host Grand Valley State next Saturday night (Oct.30) at 7:00 p.m. for the home finale for the 2004 season. 




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director