BIG RAPIDS - Northern Michigan University scored on the first play of the game, but the Wildcats couldn't build on that for a victory Saturday.
Christian Jessie gave NMU an early lead with a 100-yard kickoff return to start the game, but the Wildcats still dropped a 35-22 GLIAC decision to host Ferris State.
Northern led 10-7 in the first quarter after a John Oberheide 28-yard field goal, but head coach Chris Ostrowsky's squad succumbed to a 21-point Ferris State second quarter to end the season at 3-7 overall and in the league.
Jason Vander Laan notched three TDs and Jake Lampman two for the Bulldogs (8-3, 8-3). Vander Laan scored on runs of 1, 1 and 2 yards, while Lampman hit paydirt on a 16-yard pass from Vander Laan and a 3-yard run.
Vander Laan finished with 211 yards rushing in 39 carries.
Trailing 35-10, Northern scored on a 7-yard run by Keon Collier and a 48-yard fumble return by Adam Nichols.
NMU quarterback Shaye Brown completed 17 of 47 passes for 274 yards. He was intercepted twice.
Wyatt Jurasin of Marquette topped NMU in rushing with 38 yards in 13 attempts.
Nick Krause paced NMU defensively with five solo tackles and 10 assists, with one of his tackles going for a 5-yard loss.