Football Digs Deep Hole In First Half
BIG RAPIDS, Mich. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU scored 35 points in the second half of play which included 28 inthe fourth quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Buddy Rivera set new NMU records with 34 completions and473 yards passing on the day.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats are now 2-5 overall and in the GreatLakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The Bulldogs improve to 3-5overall and 3-4 in the GLIAC.
With Ferris up 34-0 the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats got on the board when NickMauthe caught a 22-yard pass from Rivera with 3:10 left in the second quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The home team added two more scores in the third quarter before Wells caughtRiveraÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s second TD pass of the day from 21 yards at 8:14 of the third quarter.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ At that point of the game the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats were down 55-14.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tyler Larson added a defensive score when he recovered a FSU fumblein the end zone at 7:45 to make the score 62-28.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Jeff Perry added a one-yardplunge at 2:57 for a count of 62-35.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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 theÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had the ball for a little over 20 minutes of the game (20:27).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Both team combined for over 1,100 yards of total offense.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ NMU had 530 yards onthe day (57 rushing, 473 passing) while FSU accounted for 585 (250 rushing, 335passing).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Abram McCoy and Anderson each had 32 yards rushing for the game.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Rivera ended the game with 52 attempts.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ 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).ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Eric Mason (seven solo, five assisted)and Jim Couretas (five solo, seven assisted) both had 12 total tackles.
The ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats will play two of its final three games in Marquette.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Next week (Oct. 22) NMU will host Saginaw Valley State at 1 p.m. in theSuperior Dome.