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The box score says that the Cats were called for five penalties for 56 yards, but one of them hurt significantly.
The most painful penalty was the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the middle of the third quarter.
Northwestern had just stopped EMU for a loss on a 3rd and three. Instead of forcing EMU to punt, the personal foul gave them an automatic first down. Eastern Michigan ended up scoring a touchdown after getting a second chance on that drive.
There were a few other penalties in the fourth quarter that slowed NU down but weren't nearly as disastrous.
The first was a holding penalty on a first and ten after NU took over on their own 47. While the Cats ended up picking up a first down, the drive ended at EMU's 23 after an interception.
Northwestern also committed two penalties on their game-winning drive that made things harder than they had to be.
NU had driven the ball to the EMU 23 yard line, well within field goal range. However, on the next play Al Netter was called for holding, and on the very next play Demetrius Fields was called for offensive pass interference.
Suddenly the Cats had a 1st and thirty five on the 50 yard line. Luckily they were able to get eighteen of those yards back and Stefan Demos was able to make the 49 yard game-winning field goal.