Bulldogs run roughshod on NMU, 45-23

BIG RAPIDS – For the third straight game on the road, Northern Michigan University gave up more than 40 points and more than 400 yards rushing as the Wildcats lost 45-23 at Ferris State on Saturday afternoon.

Jake Mayon’s two rushing touchdowns in the final five minutes weren’t enough for the Wildcats, who fell to 3-4 overall and 3-3 in the GLIAC.

Two of these losses have been to nationally ranked teams as FSU?was No. 24 in the nation and Grand Valley State No. 4.

Ferris (5-2, 5-2) jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 4-yard TD run by quarterback Reggie Bell, but Northern answered with a 46-yard field goal by Tyler Blackburn in the final minute of the period to make it 7-3.

Blackburn added a 30-yarder field goal early in the second quarter, but before halftime Bell scored two more TDs on runs of 3 and 68 yards to make it 24-6 at the half.

Robert Thomas on a 5-yarder and Bell on a 49-yarder put a couple more unanswered TDs on the board in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Before things ended, Blackburn kicked his third field goal, a 33-yarder, and Mayon scored on runs of 1 and 39 yards.

Blackburn made all five of his kicks that included two extra points.

Bell rolled up 154 yards on the ground, while teammate Jahaan Brown had 103 in nine tries as FSU totaled 436 yards rushing.

The Bulldogs outgained the Wildcats, 482-337, as Northern put up 185 yards, led by Mayon’s 119.

NMU quarterback Shaye Brown was 25 of 44 for 152 yards, while Bell was 5 of 8 for 46 yards. Neither QB had a TD pass nor an interception as there were no turnovers all game.

Ferris was by far more efficient, running nearly 30 fewer plays than the Wildcats and losing the time of possession battle by more than 17 minutes.

The Wildcats return to Marquette to open a three-game homestand at 1 p.m. Saturday against Ohio Domincan.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.