Press Box


ERIE, Pa. â€Â“ The Northern Michigan University football team played their second game of the season away from the Superior Dome onSaturday afternoon.  The â€Â˜Cats were at Gannon and like the first trip two weeksago this needed a little extra time to determine a winner.  NMU lost to theGolden Knights, 26-23, in overtime.  NMU falls to 2-3 overall and in theGLIAC.  GU snapped their three-game skid and now stand 2-3 overall and inconference action.


For the day NMU had 568 yards of total offense, but had toscore 10 points in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.  The â€Â˜Catsgained 136 yards on the ground on 38 carries while in the air the team had 432on 31-59-2.  Buddy Rivera had 418 yards on 30-58-2.  He also led the â€Â˜Cats on theground with 49 yards on nine carries.


Vincent Mayfield set two NMU records during the game.  Hehad 13 receptions for 255 yards.  He now holds the all-time career receptionmark with 207.  The old record was held by Jeremy Wilkinson (1995-99) with 196 receptions. He needs a little over 900 yards, as he currently has 2,447, to breakWilkinsonâ€Â™s career receiving yards mark, which is 3,367 yards.   Mayfield alsoset a new single-game mark with 255 receiving yards.  Gary Stewart held therecord which he set in 1990 against Ashland with 245 yards.   Ã‚ 


NMU got on the board first with a 25-yard field goal by KyleMarotz at 10:03 of the opening quarter.  The Golden Knights answered with a33-yard run to make the score 7-3.  Mayfield caught the first of his two TDpasses on the day when he hooked-up with Buddy Rivera on a 58-yard play with7:10 left in the quarter. 


Gannon tied the game at 10-all with a 45-yard field goal at1:19 of the second quarter.  GU would add a 19-yard field goal at 10:51 and a63-yard punt return at 6:55 of the third quarter to take a 20-10 lead into thefinal 15 minutes of play.


Marotz kicked his second field goal of the game from 22yards out at 7:36 to get the â€Â˜Cats within seven at 20-13.  Then the â€Â˜Cats usedtheir two minute offense again as they marched eight plays and 78 yards to tiethe game on a Mayfieldâ€Â™s, second TD catch of the day, a  22-yard reception fromRivera, the extra point was good and we are tied at 20-all.


NMU received the ball first in the overtime.  Marotz kickeda field goal from 43 yards out for the 23-20 lead.  GU used five plays in theirpart of the overtime to connect on a game-winning 23-yard pass from Matt Butlerto Dave Ditka.


NMU had the ball a little over two minutes less than GU onthe afternoon (31:01 to 28:59).  Defensively NMU held the Golden Knights to 380yards of total offense.  GU gained 221 yards on the ground and 159 through theair.  Chad Kurian led the â€Â˜Cats with 16 total tackles (11 solo, fiveassisted).  Turnovers were costly to the â€Â˜Cats as they had two interceptionsand three fumbles, losing two. Ã‚ 


The â€Â˜Cats will play at Ashland in two weeks (Oct. 8) fortheir next action.













Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director