'Cats Lose In Ot On The Road...again
ERIE, Pa. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Northern Michigan University football team played their second game of the season away from the Superior Dome onSaturday afternoon.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were at Gannon and like the first trip two weeksago this needed a little extra time to determine a winner.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU lost to theGolden Knights, 26-23, in overtime.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU falls to 2-3 overall and in theGLIAC.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Catsgained 136 yards on the ground on 38 carries while in the air the team had 432on 31-59-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Buddy Rivera had 418 yards on 30-58-2.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He also led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats on theground with 49 yards on nine carries.
Vincent Mayfield set two NMU records during the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Hehad 13 receptions for 255 yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He now holds the all-time career receptionmark with 207.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The old record was held by Jeremy Wilkinson (1995-99) with 196 receptions.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He needs a little over 900 yards, as he currently has 2,447, to breakWilkinsonÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s career receiving yards mark, which is 3,367 yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Mayfield alsoset a new single-game mark with 255 receiving yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Gary Stewart held therecord which he set in 1990 against Ashland with 245 yards.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
NMU got on the board first with a 25-yard field goal by KyleMarotz at 10:03 of the opening quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Golden Knights answered with a33-yard run to make the score 7-3.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Gannon tied the game at 10-all with a 45-yard field goal at1:19 of the second quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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 ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats within seven at 20-13.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Then the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats usedtheir two minute offense again as they marched eight plays and 78 yards to tiethe game on a MayfieldÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s, second TD catch of the day, aÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 22-yard reception fromRivera, the extra point was good and we are tied at 20-all.
NMU received the ball first in the overtime.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Marotz kickeda field goal from 43 yards out for the 23-20 lead.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Defensively NMU held the Golden Knights to 380yards of total offense.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ GU gained 221 yards on the ground and 159 through theair.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Chad Kurian led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats with 16 total tackles (11 solo, fiveassisted).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Turnovers were costly to the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats as they had two interceptionsand three fumbles, losing two.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will play at Ashland in two weeks (Oct. 8) fortheir next action.