FINDLAY, Ohio ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œWe did everything, but winthe game,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Doug Sams said, on the bus ride back after the Northern Michigan University football team dropped a 40-37 double overtime game to The University ofFindlay Oilers on Saturday night.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats drop to 1-2 overall and in theGLIAC after the loss while the Oilers are now 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the GLIAC.
You knew it was going to be that kind of night when BuddyRivera found Vincent Mayfield for a 10-yard screen on the third play of thegame and 77 yards later he was in the end zone to get the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on the board.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU with the good extra point had a 7-0 with just 1:20 gone on the clock.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheOilers would cut the lead to 7-3 with a Roland Hamilton 40-yard field goal at9:35 of the quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU added to their lead later in the quarter when BuddyRivera saw the middle of the field open and took off for a 68-yard sprint for aTD.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The extra point kick failed as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats now have a 13-3 lead.
The second quarter saw the Oilers score twice on a MarcusCrawford one-yard run and a Joel McDaniel nine-yard run.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fred Wells caught a30-yard pass from Rivera at 10:55 to give the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats a 19-10 lead at the time.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Theextra point was no good.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU did hold a 19-17 at the half.
The Oilers received the second half kick and on their firstpossession of the half marched 64 yards in 11 plays to take the lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ McDanielscored on a nine-yard burst up the middle and with the good extra point thehome team had the 24-19 lead.
Now let the fun begin as we enter the fourth quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ PaulKraemer caught a 21-yard pass from Rivera at 13:14 as the two-point attempt wasno good.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had regained the lead 25-24.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UF then took a 27-25 lead when Hamilton connected on a 29-yard field goal with 10:54 left in the game. ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UF then went up34-25 on a Darren Paige 42-yard pass from Caleb Meyer at 7:17.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU cut theOilers lead to three when Brad Anderson scored on a 29-yard pass from VincentMayfield at 5:48.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats took the lead back at 37-34ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ as Rivera found NickMauthe in the end zone for a 17-yard strike with 2:27 left in regulation.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ TheOilers recovered the ensuing kickoff at the 50-yard line and Hamilton kicked a37-yard field goal with 33 second left in regulation to tie the game at 37-all.
Neither team scored in the first OT period.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Findlay received the ball first in the second OT session and used six plays to connect ona 17-yard field goal by Hamilton to take the lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats got the ball back;they had to put the ball in the end zone for the win.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ After two false startpenalties the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had the ball first and 10 at the UF 35.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rivera foundMayfied for a five-yard pick-up.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ RiveraÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s next pass was intercepted by NickNotario at the 15-yard line to end the game.
Rivera accounted for 399 yards of the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats 472 yards oftotal offense (148 rushing, 324 passing).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He was the leading ground gainer forthe game with 104 yards on 12 carries (8.7 avg.) and threw for 295 yards on21-31-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mayfield had a game-high six receptions for 106 yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ On thedefensive front, Jim Couretas had a career game with 29 total tackles (16 solo,13 assisted), two tackle-for-loss (-10 yards), three forced fumbles and twosacks (-10 yards).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Once again the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were on the short end of the time ofpossession with 22:15 as the Oilers had the ball for 37:45.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ UF ran 100offensive plays as the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats had 62.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU will play their third home game of the season nextSaturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. against Wayne State.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ It will be Homecoming atNMU.