MIDLAND, Mich. – The Wildcats had a rough day at Northwood on Saturday. The Timberwolves ran out to a 37-0 lead after 30 minutes of play and cruised to a 44-14 win over Northern Michigan. NMU managed to score 14 points in the second half.
The ‘Cats after beginning the season at 2-0 are now 2-3 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). NU improves to 6-0 overall and in the conference.
NU used its home field advantage to tally 24 points in the first quarter. Torris Childs put the home team on the board first with a nine-yard burst at 13:06 for the 7-0 lead. Kyle Kolbe capped off a three-play 80-yard scoring drive with a 67-yard TD sprint at the eight minute mark. Dan Evans added three points with a 22-yard field goal at 5:51 as the Timberwolves were now up 17-0. Childs would then score his second TD of the quarter on a six-yard run at 2:49 as the extra point was good (24-0).
Seconds into the second quarter, Harry Agee found the goal line from one-yard out and the 31-0 lead with the good extra point (14:54). The touchdown was set up when Buddy Rivera threw his first interception of the season. Kolbe scored his second touchdown of the afternoon when he capped off a three-play 50-yard drive with less than a minute left in the second quarter (00:57) to give the home team the 37-0 lead.
The third quarter saw the ‘Cats get on the board when Fred Wells hauled in an 80-yard strike from Buddy Rivera at 4:16. The play was the only play of the drive as the ‘Cats had the ball at the 20-yard line after a NU punt.
NMU made the score 37-14 when Joe Poehls caught a three-yard pass from Rivera at 8:09 of the fourth quarter. Childs scored his third TD of the afternoon when he ran it in from 38 yards at 3:11 left in the game. The extra point was good which capped off the scoring on the day.
NU had 399 yards of total offense on the day. Rushing accounted for 327 of the yards. The Timberwolves had 38 rushes on the day. NU threw for 72 yards. NMU had 293 yards of total offense (95 yards rushing and 198 yards passing) for the game. The ‘Cats did have more first downs than the home team at 19 to 15. For the first time this season the ‘Cats failed to score when they were in the red zone. For the day NMU was in the red zone twice and scored once. NMU did have possession of the ball for more than half of the game. He ‘Cats had the ball for 33:53.
Mark Bossuah led the ‘Cats on the ground with 41 yards on 14 carries. Kolbe led all carriers with 204 yards on 20 carries. Rivera was 12-24-3 for 198 yards. Wells had six catches for 149 yards.
NMU will be back home next week when the ‘Cats host Ashland.
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