MARQUETTE – Saturday’s GLIAC football game between Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan was one of the better games between the two teams in recent memory. With the game tied at 31-31 with 0:04 remaining in the fourth quarter, Huskies senior kicker Garrett Mead made a 39-yard field goal to give Tech the 34-31 win.
“Going into those kind of situations I honestly try to think about nothing,” said Mead. “Right before (the kick) I say a prayer, line it up, and whatever happens, happens. Luckily this time it worked out really well.”
“We were fortunate to get the last one that counts and we’ll take it. W’s (wins) are w’s,” said Huskies head coach Tom Kearly.
“We were just trying to string together some good, positive plays, get a couple of first downs, get the defense on their heels,” said MTU quarterback Tyler Scarlett. (Brandon) Cowie a big play on that 3rd down and 10, got us within field goal range and (Garrett) Mead knocked it through.”
“Coach called the play, our line gave Tyler a lot of time. He’s the best (quarterback) in the country in my opinion,” said Cowie. “Our offense really had things clicking. We needed a big play and I was just glad I was able to get open for Tyler to hit me.”
“Anybody who has any clue about in terms of looking at football sees a team that is fighting, sees a team that has a tremendous amount of character, that’s well coached that understands how to play college football,” said NMU head coach Chris Ostrowsky. I’m really excited to lead this group. This is a great group of kids.”
“It’s a heart breaker. Being a U.P. kid (from Escanaba) that’s always one game you always dream of playing in and winning. We’ll just come back and battle next week,” said Wildcats wide receiver Austin Young.