HOUGHTON, Mich. – Bernie Anderson made his first trip back to Houghton, Mich. as the head football coach at Northern Michigan University on Saturday. The Michigan Tech Huskies did not exactly throw out the welcome mat for the Wildcats and its old coach. MTU won the game and kept the Miner’s Cup in Houghton with a 42-14 win.
NMU has now dropped the past five games in a row to fall to 2-5 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). MTU moves to .500 on the season with an overall and conference slate of 4-4.
The Wildcats took its first possession of the game and used a little over four minutes off the clock to take the early 7-0 lead at 10:54. Fred Wells caught an 18-yard pass from Buddy Rivera for the first TD of the game. The extra point was good. The Huskies took it first possession of the game and scored a touchdown of its own when Lee Marana scored on a 24-yard run with 6:47 showing on the clock. The extra point was good as the game was tied at seven-all.
The second and third quarters were all MTU. The Huskies scored twice in each quarter for a 35-7 lead. Marana had both TDs in the third quarter on runs of 17 and three yards. He ended the contest with a game-high 213 yards on 33 carries. Zach Nichols caught a six-yard pass from Rivera to cut the lead to 35-14 with 13:55 left in the game. MTU added a TD with 10:59 left in the game for the final margin.
The home team had 489 yards of total offense. The Huskies had 366 yards rushing and 123 in the air. NMU had 230 yards of total offense. The ‘Cats rushed for 52 yards and threw for 178. MTU ended the game with 26 first downs while NMU had 12.
Wells ended the game as the leading NMU ground gainer with 39 yards on only one carry. He also had a game-high four catches for 57 yards. Rivera was 18-26-1 for 178 yards.
Three ‘Cats ended the game with 10 or more total tackles. Travis Holmes (seven solo and six assisted) and Joe Dost (six solo and seven assisted) both had 13 total tackles. Nicholas Bloch ended the game with 12 total tackles (four solo and eight assisted).
NMU will take its final road trip and longest of the season to Erie, Pa. The ‘Cats will face Mercyhurst College next Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m.
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