Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ It was Halloween evenight at the Superior Dome on Saturday night and Head Coach Doug Sams had hisusual tricks and some treats up his sleeve.  NMU tried a reverse, a couple ofon-side kicks and a fake punt on the night.  Even though the scoreboard toldthe final score of Grand Valley State 45 and Northern Michigan University 29the two teams combined for over 1,000 yards total offense.  The Lakers had 516yards on 56 plays while the â€Â˜Cats had 504 yards on 94 plays.


The â€Â˜Cats will conclude the 2004 campaign next Saturday(Nov. 6) at Northwood.  NMU is now 2-7 overall and 2-7 in the GLIAC.  GVSUimproves to 7-2 overall and 7-2 in the conference.


The Lakers held a 7-3 lead over the â€Â˜Cats after the first 15minutes of play.  Cullen Finnerty found the end zone from two yards out at 9:15of the first quarter.  With the good point after, the Lakers held a 7-0 lead. NMU looked like that they might score their first TD of the season in the firstquarter when they drove the ball down to the GVSU 11-yard line and had firstand 10.  But, the â€Â˜Cats still are without a TD in the first quarter as they hadto settle for a Thomas Labuz 23-yard field goal with 25 seconds left in thequarter.


The Lakers struck for 17 points in the second quarter behindtwo touchdowns and a field goal.  Brandon Langston caught a 59-yard TD strikefrom Finnerty within the opening seconds of the second quarter (14:46) to givethe Lakers the 14-3 lead with the good extra point.  Scott Greene then made a39-yard field goal at 6:38 of the quarter to up the lead for the Lakers to17-3.  Finnerty then threw his second TD of the quarter to Demonte Collins from47 yards out with about 33 seconds left in the quarter, Greeneâ€Â™s kick was goodand the Lakers had a 24-3 lead at the half.


Michael Tennessee scored twice in the third quarter from 15and two yards out.  His first score came at 10:03 of the third quarter whichwas followed up at 1:35.  In between Tennesseeâ€Â™s scores Chris Messano caught anine-yard strike from Kelly Reed.  The extra point kick was blocked.  Afterthree quarter of play the Lakers held a 38-9 lead.


The final quarter at home for the 2004 season saw the â€Â˜Catsput up 20 points.  Dahn Borh ran it in from five yards out six seconds into thequarter and the two-point conversion was good.  GVSU would add another TD at14:45 when Langston caught a 43-yard TD aerial from Finnerty and with the goodkick the Lakers had a 45-17 lead with not even a minute gone in the quarter.


Vincent Mayfield added to the score with a TD at 2:05 as thekick was no good and the â€Â˜Cats were now down 45-23.  The â€Â˜Cats then succeededon the on-side kick with about two minutes left in the game.  Kyle Swenorplaying his final game at home in a Wildcat uniform drove the team to pay dirt inseven plays as he hooked-up with fellow senior Messano for a six-yard pass with21 seconds left in the game.  Swenorâ€Â™s pass for the two points failed and thatis the entire trick and treats for the night.


For the game, NMU had the ball for over 33 minutes (33:28)as GVSU, the two-time NCAA II National Champions, held the ball for 26:32. NMUâ€Â™s stats were 238 yards on the ground on 45 carries and 266 yards in the airon 30-49-2.  The Lakers had 252 yards on the ground on 42 carries and 264 yardsin the air on 8-14-0. 


Abram McCoy was the leading ground gainer for the game with115 yards on 17 carries.  Finnerty from GVSU was 8-13-0 for 264 yards.  Reedwas 21-39-2 for 192 yards.  Langston hauled in five receptions for 170 yards. Nick Mauthe hauled in eight passes for 99 yards.  Matt Shem led the â€Â˜Cattacklers with 14 total tackles (nine solo and five assisted). 









Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director