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Northern Michigan turns ball over five times in 47-7 GLIAC loss at Ohio Dominican

September 15, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff ( , The Mining Journal

COLUMBUS, Ohio - During Northern Michigan University's Week 1 loss at Findlay, three third quarter scores put the game out of reach for the Wildcats.

Two weeks later and back in Ohio, three scores in just over three minutes buried the 'Cats again.

Only this time, the game was over by halftime.

Ohio Dominican posted 21 points on five plays before halftime and then continued to pour it on in the third and fourth quarters to rout the Wildcats 47-7 in the first-ever meeting between the two GLIAC schools on Saturday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio.

ODU led Northern 3-0 with four minutes to play before halftime, but a 93-yard TD pass with 3:22 to play before the half, a 2-yard TD run with 2:54 on the clock following an interception by NMU redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Morley and a 53-yard TD pass with nine seconds before the break put the Wildcats behind 24-0.

The three second quarter ODU touchdown drives combined to span five plays, 252 yards and 68 seconds.

ODU, which improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the GLIAC, went up 31-0 via a 28-yard TD pass less than four minutes into the second half and a 49-yard TD pass with five minutes remaining in the third quarter put NMU down 40-0.

The Panthers last score came on a 14-yard TD pass with 4:08 remaining in the game.

Morley threw his first collegiate touchdown pass late in the third quarter, hitting junior wide receiver Christian Jessie from 9 yards out after an interception by senior defensive tackle Zach Anderson of Sault Ste. Marie gave NMU the ball on the ODU 23.

Morley finished the day 15-of-36 passing for 180 yards and was sacked three times. He accounted for all five of the Wildcats turnovers, throwing three interceptions and losing two fumbles.

NMU senior running back Prince Young finished with 70 yards on 27 carries and for the first time in three games, he was kept out of the end zone.

The Wildcats were held to 242 yards offensively while ODU racked up 501 yards of total offense.

Wyatt Jurasin, a sophomore out of Ishpeming High School who normally plays linebacker, received six carries for 21 yards late in the fourth quarter at fullback following final ODU score.

The Wildcats, who fell to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the GLIAC, return to Marquette for Homecoming this week, hosting Ashland at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Superior Dome.



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