Press Box


HOUGHTON, Mich. â€Â“ The annual footballbattle between Northern Michigan University and Michigan Tech opened the 2004football schedule for both teams on Saturday.  On the line, the Minerâ€Â™s Cup andthe sandwich board challenge between the two athletic directors. Ã‚  When thedust had settled the Huskies will take possession of the Minerâ€Â™s Cup with a 45-6win over the â€Â˜Cats. Ã‚  It was the second win for the Huskies in the past threegames over the â€Â˜Cats.  Doug Sams is now 0-3 in opening games of the season asthe head coach at NMU. 


MTU took their first possession of the game and went 74yards in six plays for the early 7-0 lead at the 12:34 mark of the firstquarter.  The Huskies would add a field goal in the first quarter to take thelead 10-0 after the first 15 minutes of play.  The second quarter saw MTU add atouchdown to give the home team the 17-0 lead at the half.


The second half the Huskies exploded for 21 points in thethird quarter to put the game away at 38-0.  MTU added a TD in the fourthquarter on a 23-yard pass from Dan Mettlach to Brad Ruhanen to make the score45-0 with over 14 minutes to play in the game.  The â€Â˜Cats got on the board andavoided the shutout when Abram McCoy took it in from one-yard out with 12:53left in the game.  The extra point kick failed.


For the game the â€Â˜Cats managed 295 yards of total offenseand 15 first downs.  On the ground the â€Â˜Cats had 70 yards on 36 carries and 225yards in the air.  On the day NMU used three quarterbacks as Kelly Reed startedthe game (10-6-1) and had 79 yards, Kyle Swenor came in relief (14-6-1) and threw for 65 yards and Mike Quiroz saw some time under center (7-5-0) as he led the trio with 81 yards.   Ã‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ ÃƒÃ‚‚ McCoy led the â€Â˜Cats on the ground with 63yards on 27 carries.  Vincent Mayfield hauled in a game-high 12 receptions for156 yards.


NMU will face Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. next Saturday,Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m.


Prepared By
Sports Information Director
August 28, 2004