Northwestern’s Trevis McKinney threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another as the Bulls came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat host Ely 29-16 on Friday night.
After leading for most of the game, the Bulls (2-2) squandered the lead early in the fourth quarter after Ely’s Tyquan Fields scored on a 4-yard run to give the Tigers a 16-14 lead. The Bulls gave Ely ample opportunity with 150 yards worth of penalties four botched or blocked punts and a plethora of bad snaps.
“This was a big win for the kids. I am really happy for them. They worked so hard.”
“They really deserved it. We had some adversity and kept fighting through it,” Northwestern coach Stephen Field said. “When we were down 16-14, they rallied each other.”
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But McKinney responded. After a couple of big runs from Leon Brown to get the drive going, McKinney’s ability to scramble around paid off as he scored on a 28-yard touchdown run and dove for the end zone. The two-point run by Joe Robinson gave the Bulls a 22-16 lead with 10:20 to play.
After forcing a punt, McKinney’s legs saved the Bulls again. Facing third and 16 from the Ely 41-yard line, McKinney scrambled to the left circled back around, got a couple of key blocks from his teammates, came back to the right and found Brandon Times wide open at the Ely five-yard line for a 36-yard completion.
Three plays later following a terrible snap that cost the Bulls six yards, he hit Times again, this time for a 16-yard touchdown pass which put the game away with 5:14 to play.
McKinney finished with 196 yards passing and 39 yards rushing. Times finished with five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown. Odis Grimes added two catches for 20 yards and two touchdowns.
Ely (0-4) jumped to a 2-0 lead following a Northwestern punt.