MARQUETTE, Mich. – There was no Superior Dome magic for the Northern Michigan University football team on Saturday. The Ashland Eagles jumped out to a 10-3 lead at the half and then scored 14 points in the third quarter for the 24-17 win. NMU made the game close by scoring 14 points of its own in the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats with the loss dropped its fourth game in a row and now stand at 2-4 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The eagles move to 3-3 overall and in the GLIAC.
NMU took the early 3-0 lead when Jon Laue connected from 19 yards out at 5:07 of the first quarter. AU matched the field goal to tie the game at three at 12:46 of the second quarter.
The Eagles took a 24-3 lead over the ‘Cats when they found the end zone twice in the third quarter. Blaine Maag scored from two-yards out at 13:00. Then at 7:43 Brandon Gilmore caught a 31-yard TD strike from John Ferguson.
Fred Wells and Buddy Rivera hooked up for a 27-yard pass at 12:57 of the fourth quarter to cut AU’s lead to 24-10. NMU was within a touchdown at 7:31 when Rivera threw his second touchdown pass on the day to Dan Elmore from 17 yards out. Laue connected for both extra points. The ‘Cats had one last chance, but could not find the end zone.
Rivera ended the day with 213 yards passing on 17-25-1. Elmore caught seven of the passes for 57 yards. Mark Bossuah led the ‘Cats on the ground with 54 yards on 15 carries. Pete Tuccini led the ‘Cat defense with 15 total tackles (10 solo and five assisted).
The total offense battle went to the ‘Cats as they had 292 yards of offense for the game. AU ended the day with 287. NMU had 79 yards rushing and 213 in the air.
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