Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ History was made at theSuperior Dome on Saturday night as Michigan Tech won for the first time everagainst Northern Michigan in The Dome by a count of 42-21.  The win was theHuskies first win in Marquette against NMU since 1955.  The fourth largestcrowd to see a NMU football game in The Dome was on hand as 7,281 saw Tech takethe Minerâ€Â™s Cup back to Houghton.  The top three crowds all were in 1991 theyear the Superior Dome opened.  For Doug Sams he is still waiting for anopening game win for the season.  Sams is now 0-4 at NMU in opening games ofthe season. 


MTU jumped out to a 14-0 lead on an 18-yard TD run by LeeMarana in the first quarter and a fake punt by Brad Ruhanen in the secondquarter gave the Huskies the early lead.  Ruhanen scampered 63 yards for thescore.  Abram McCoy got the â€Â˜Cats on the board with a five-yard burst at 10:23of the second quarter to cut the lead in half 14-7.  With less than six minutesto go before the half, MTU would strike again as Keith White caught a 12-yardpass from Drew Schaft to give the Huskies a 21-7 lead at intermission.


The second half of the game saw the Huskies extend their leadby scoring three times in the final 30 minutes of play.  NMU did add a score inthe third and fourth quarters.  Marana scored his second TD of the night on a19-yard run at 10:45 of the third quarter.  Brad Anderson scored his first TDas a â€Â˜Cat on a two-yard run with 43 seconds left in the quarter.  Anderson is the son of MTU head coach Bernie Anderson. Andersonâ€Â™s score made it 28-14.


Daryl Graham added a one-yard score at 11:39 of the fourthquarter to give the Huskies a 35-14 lead.  Marana added his third TD of thenight a little over four minutes later to put the game away 42-14.  Vincent Mayfieldcaught a 14-yard pass from Buddy Rivera for the final score of the night with4:15 left in the game. Ã‚ 


Marana led all rushers with 170 yards on 27 carries.  Riveraled the â€Â˜Cats on the ground with 102 yards on 17 carries and in the air with133 yards on 15-24-1.  Newcomer, Fred Wells, had a game-high seven receptionsfor 59 yards.  The Huskies had 447 yards of total offense (352 yards rushingand 95 yards passing) on the night.  NMU on the other hand had 302 yards oftotal offense (169 yards rushing and 133 yards passing).


NMU will be at home next week when the Mercyhurst Lakerswill be in the Superior Dome at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 3. 




Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director