Wildcats Drop Home Finale In Overtime

MARQUETTE, Mich. – After being shutout in the first half Saturday against the Saginaw Valley State University Cardinals the Northern Michigan University football team playing at home for the final time for the 2010 season scored 17 points in the second 30 minutes of play to tie the game in regulation. 

The Cardinals used four plays in the overtime period to score and take the 27-14 lead with the good extra point.  Saginaw Valley State held the Wildcats in its lone overtime possession and won the game. 

NMU is currently 5-5 overall and 5-4 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).  Saginaw Valley State is 4-6 and 4-5 GLIAC.

The first half was all Cardinals as they scored 10 points during the first 30 minutes of play.  Ja'Vae Ingraham recovered a fumble and rambled in for a 50-yard touchdown and with the good extra points had a 7-0 lead about a minute and a half into the game (13:38).  Tom Goodroe booted a 32-yard field goal at 5:55 of the second quarter for a 10-0 score at the half.

Saginaw Valley State made the score 17-0 in the third quarter (8:41) on a 16-yard pass from Jonathan Jennings to Andrew Beaver as the kick was good.   About four minutes later in the quarter, NMU got on the board on a one-yard pass from Jacob Hicks to Blake Crider (4:20).   For Hicks it was his first career touchdown pass.  Rockne Belmonte's kick was good as the 'Cats were by 10 (17-7).  

John Privitelli scampered in from six yards out at 9:39 of the fourth quarter to make the game 17-14 with the good kick.  With three ticks left in regulation Belmonte connected for a 19-yard field goal to tie the game at 17-all.   

NMU ended the game with 360 yards of total offense (194 rushing and 166 passing).  The Cardinals registered 306 of total offense (99 rushing and 207 passing).  Privitelli led the 'Cats on the ground with 63 yards on 22 carries. Ronnie Lark led all rushers with 82 yards on 27 carries.   Hicks ended the day with 155 yards passing on 13-22-1.  Craig Thompson and Dustin Brancheau each had four catches to pace the 'Cats.  Thompson recorded 68 receiving yards while Brancheau had 33.

Defensively the 'Cats were led by Daniel Catalano with 13 total tackles (three solo and 10 assisted).  He had half-a-sack (-(-5 yards) and one-and-a-half tackles-for-loss (-6 Yards).  Eddie Knoblock recorded 10 total tackles on the day (eight solo and two assisted).  Two-and-a-half of his tackles were for losses (-4 Yards).   Ricky Neaves tallied nine total tackles as eight were solo.

The 'Cats wrap up the 2010 season next week with a trip to Houghton to take on he Huskies of Michigan Tech.  Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Nov. 13.