Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Saturday afternoonthe 11th ranked team in all of NCAA II football the Saginaw Valley StateUniversity Cardinals called on the Superior Dome to tangle with the NorthernMichigan University Wildcats.  NMU kept it close for the first 30 minutes ofthe game as the team was down 14-10 at the half.  The Cardinals scored 14points in the third quarter and added three more in the fourth for the 31-20win.  NMU falls to 2-6 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate AthleticConference (GLIAC).  SVSU is now 7-1 overall and in the GLIAC. 


The Cardinals struck first with a 40-yard pass to RickCottengim from Chris Dougherty at 7:13 of the first quarter.  NMU answered witha 17-yard run by Brad Anderson to tie the game at seven with 3:16 left in thequarter.  The score was the first time all season that an opponent scored onthe Cardinals in the first quarter. The second 15 minutes saw both sidesscore.  SVSU scored a TD at 4:17 as Dougherty connected with Steve Brander fora 19-yard strike.  NMU answered with a 40-yard field goal by Kyle Marotz with10 seconds left in the half.


The second half saw the Cardinals score two touchdowns totake the 28-10 lead after three quarters of play.  The fourth quarter opened upwith a Marotz 38-yard field goal at 11:46 to cut the lead to 28-13.  SVSUkicked a 44-yard field goal with 5:46 left in the game to extend its lead to31-13.  Vincent Mayfield caught a 53-yard TD pass from Buddy Rivera at 3:31 forthe final score.


For only the second time this season NMU held the balllonger than its opponent.  NMU held the ball for 34:42 of the game.  NMU had 417yards of total offense for the game.  On the ground the â€Â˜Cats rushed for 94yards on 43 carries.  Rivera led the way with 58 yards on 24 carries.  Riverahad 323 yards passing on 27-19-2.  Mayfield had four catches for 80 yards.  JimCouretas led the â€Â˜Cats with 13 total tackles (seven solo, six assisted). Ã‚ 


Next week the â€Â˜Cats (Oct. 29) take their final road trip ofthe season to Grand Valley State to face the top ranked team in NCAA II.  Theball will be kicked at 7 p.m.



Prepared By
Dave Faiella
Sports Information Director