MARQUETTE, Mich. – What could be heard from Houghton to Indianapolis was the bang that came from the Northern Michigan University (1-0, 1-0 GLIAC) campus and the Superior Dome. Bernie Anderson’s first game at the helm of the NMU football fortunes was a thrilling 27-20 win in overtime over Indianapolis (0-1, 0-1 GLIAC). It was the season-opening game for both squads.
The Wildcats scored on the first possession of the game and added 13 points in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. Buddy Rivera found the end zone in the extra quarter to give the ‘Cats the lead for good. The Greyhounds hopes were dashed in overtime when Nathan Yelk intercepted Casey Gillin’s pass.
Rivera found Dan Elmore for a five-yard touchdown pass at 6:45 of the first quarter. The ‘Cats took the opening kickoff and used 13 plays and 73 yards for the 7-0 lead. A little over a minute later (5:36), Craig Jenkins raced 67 yards for a TD to tie the game at seven.
UIndy added a touchdown in the second quarter to take a 13-7 lead when Gillin snuck in from one-yard out.
The fourth quarter saw the Greyhounds take a 20-7 lead at 11:59, when Sam Elmore caught an eight-yard pass from Gillin. Rivera scored from one-yard out at 5:21 with the kick good to cut the lead to 20-14. Fred Wells tied the game in regulation when he hooked up with Rivera for a 50-yard TD strike with a little over a minute left in game (1:06). Jon Laue’s extra point kick was blocked.
Rivera ended the game with two rushing touchdowns on 47 yards on 10 carries. He was 14-22-0 for 185 yards in the air with the two TD passes. Elmore led the ‘Cats with six receptions for 57 yards. Jeremy Nelson had eight total tackles for the game. Gillin ended the game with 157 yards on 12-16-2 with a TD strike.
NMU will travel to Hillsdale next week (Sept. 9) to take on the Chargers.
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