MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Ferris State University Bulldogs jumped out to a 21-0 lead over the Northern Michigan University football team on Saturday and never looked back. The Bulldogs downed the Wildcats, 42-24, in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) football game at the Superior Dome.
NMU falls to 2-2 overall and in the conference. FSU improves to 4-1 and 3-1 respectively.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the first quarter to take the 14-0 lead. FSU scored both of its touchdowns on the ground as Shawn Grigg scampered in from 16 yards out at 10:05 then John Vandenberg took it in from a yard out at 4:24. John Eichler connected on both extra points.
Grigg scored his second TD of the game at 11:48 of the second quarter with the good extra point, FSU took the 21-0 lead. Dan Elmore got the ‘Cats on the board with a 29-yard TD toss from Buddy Rivera at 6:04 of the quarter. Jon Laue’s extra point was good and the ‘Cats were now down 21-7. FSU made the score 28-7 with 2:38 left before the intermission on a 20-yard pass from Ryan Kaul to Nate Frickle. The extra point was good.
Laue opened up the scoring in the third quarter with a 30-yard field goal at 11:28 to cut the lead to 28-10. The Bulldogs answered with a TD at 8:39 when Grigg ran in for his third touchdown of the game from four yards out. The extra point was good and the score was now 35-10.
NMU would score twice in the final frame. Elmore caught his second TD pass of the game from Rivera at 10:48 from 10 yards out. Laue’s kick was good and the ‘Cats were down 35-17. Grigg then would score his fourth rushing TD of the game from 14 yards out to give the visiting team the 42-17 lead with the good extra point. He led all rushers with 201 yards on 27 carries for the game. A scrambling Rivera found Fred Wells for a 60-yard strike at 7:48 for the final score of the game. It was his third passing TD of the game.
Rivera again did not throw an interception as he was 23-35-0 for 301 yards. A total of four ‘Cats had four receptions each on the day. Wells had 103 yards to lead the squad. As a team NMU had a season game-low 49 yards on the ground.
FSU had 462 yards of total offense for the game (321 yards rushing and 141 yards passing). While the ‘Cats tallied 350 yards of total offense. The Bulldogs had three more first downs than the ‘Cats at 22-19. NMU scored on both journeys into the red zone. For the season the ‘Cats are a perfect 11-of-11 in the red zone.
NMU is back on the road next week (Oct. 7) to Midland, Mich. to take on the Northwood Timberwolves.
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