October 15, 2005

Football Digs Deep Hole In First Half

 

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. â€Â“ Down by a 41-7 count after 30minutes of play the Northern Michigan University football squad could notrecover enough and dropped a 62-42 decision on Saturday at Ferris State University.  NMU scored 35 points in the second half of play which included 28 inthe fourth quarter.  Buddy Rivera set new NMU records with 34 completions and473 yards passing on the day.  The â€Â˜Cats are now 2-5 overall and in the GreatLakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).  The Bulldogs improve to 3-5overall and 3-4 in the GLIAC.

 

With Ferris up 34-0 the â€Â˜Cats got on the board when NickMauthe caught a 22-yard pass from Rivera with 3:10 left in the second quarter. The home team added two more scores in the third quarter before Wells caughtRiveraâ€Â™s second TD pass of the day from 21 yards at 8:14 of the third quarter. At that point of the game the â€Â˜Cats were down 55-14.  FSU added another scorelater in the quarter to make the score 62-14.

 

NMU struck for four scores in the final 15 minutes of play. Brad Anderson caught a screen pass from Rivera and scampered in for a 46-yardscore with about two minutes into the quarter (13:07) to cut the lead in halfat 62-21.  Tyler Larson added a defensive score when he recovered a FSU fumblein the end zone at 7:45 to make the score 62-28.  Jeff Perry added a one-yardplunge at 2:57 for a count of 62-35.  Rivera kept it himself from two yards outfor the final score with less than a minute left in the game (00:56).

 

Once again the time of possession was not in favor of theâ€Â˜Cats.  NMU had the ball for a little over 20 minutes of the game (20:27). Both team combined for over 1,100 yards of total offense.  NMU had 530 yards onthe day (57 rushing, 473 passing) while FSU accounted for 585 (250 rushing, 335passing).  Abram McCoy and Anderson each had 32 yards rushing for the game. Ã‚ Rivera ended the game with 52 attempts.  His favorite target was VincentMayfield with his game-high 10 catches for 125 yards.

 

On the other side of the ball, Chad Kurian tallied 13 totaltackles (five solo, eight assisted).  Eric Mason (seven solo, five assisted)and Jim Couretas (five solo, seven assisted) both had 12 total tackles.

 

The â€Â˜Cats will play two of its final three games in Marquette.  Next week (Oct. 22) NMU will host Saginaw Valley State at 1 p.m. in theSuperior Dome.

 

 

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Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director
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