Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Doug Sams might have beenbattling the flu for the majority of the past week, but Kyle Marotz was theremedy the Northern Michigan University football team has been waiting toreceive.  Marotz playing in his first game since breaking his collarbonetowards the end of summer drills connected on five of his six field goal attemptsto give the â€Â˜Cats their second win of the season against the Wayne StateWarriors on Saturday by a score of 15-13.  NMU is now 2-2 overall and in theGLIAC for the season.  WSU is still searching for their first win of the seasonas they fall to 0-3 overall and in conference play.


The five field goals made is a new Superior Dome record asis the six attempts.  His kicks tied an all-time NMU record for field goalsmade in a game (5) which was set by John Duginski against Wayne State in 1997.  With NMU down 7-0 in the second quarter, Marotz connected on his second attemptof the day from 41 yards out to cut the lead to 7-3 at 8:38.  The Warriors addeda field goal at 6:17 of the quarter before Marotz connected on a 32-yard kickwith 35 seconds left in the half and NMU was now down 10-6.


The third quarter saw Marotz split the uprights at 5:04 from22 yards out which cut WSUâ€Â™s lead to 10-9.  Marotzâ€Â™s next good kick gave theâ€Â˜Cats the lead at 12-10 at the 11:30 mark of the fourth quarter.  He connectedfrom 23 yards out. Dave Chudzinski for the Warriors made a 42-yard field goalwith 8:25 left in the game to give WSU the lead once again at 13-12.


The stage was now set.  NMU started their final drive of thegame with 2:30 left on the clock on their 20-yard line.  The â€Â˜Cats moved theball down to the WSU 19-yard line as both teams traded timeouts with threeticks left on the clock.  The ball was snapped and the kick was up in the airand good with nothing but 00:00 on the clock.  Marotz had nailed a 37-yardfield goal as the â€Â˜Cats used 11 plays and 61 yards for the final score and thewin. Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚   Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ 


NMU had the ball for 33:37 of the game which is the firsttime all season they had the ball longer than their opponent in a game.  BuddyRivera had 42 yards on the ground on 12 carries as he was 23-38-0 in the airfor 196 yards.  With his nine receptions for the game, Vincent Mayfield now has194 career receptions.  The NMU record is 196 which is held by JeremyWilkinson.  Mayfield ended the game with 98 receiving yards.  The linebackingduo of Jim Couretas and Chad Kurian both had a big day.  Couretas had 11 totaltackles (six solo, five assisted), two tackles-for-loss for minus four yards,one fumble recovery and a sack.  Kurian tallied nine total tackles (four solo,five assisted) and one TFL for minus two yards.   


The â€Â˜Cats will be in Erie, Pa. next week (Sept. 24) as theywill play at Gannon University at 1 p.m.


Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director