DETROIT, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team spotted the Wayne State Warriors a 17-point lead after the first 15 minutes of play Saturday afternoon. The Wildcats added a field goal in the second quarter and were trailing by seven going into the fourth quarter, but lost the game by a score of 24-10. With the loss the ‘Cats fall to 1-5 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). WSU improves to 5-2 and 4-2 respectively.
Joique Bell gave the Warriors the early lead when he ran a Kevin Smith pass 67 yards for a touchdown at 13:40 of the quarter. The touchdown drive was WSU’s first drive of the game. About nine minutes later the Warriors would make the count 14-0 when Don Brown caught a four-yard pass from Smith (4:53). With 3:19 left in the quarter the Warriors added a 23-yard field goal.
The only scoring in the second quarter was a Jon Laue 24-yard field goal at 3:22 which capped off a 12-play 67-yard drive.
Fred Wells caught a nine-yard pass from Carter Kopach with 1:31 left in the third quarter. At this point the ‘Cats were down 17-10 with over 16 minutes of football left. The ‘Cats had three drives in the fourth quarter, but could not put any pints on the board. WSU with 5:06 left in the game scored for the final margin on a five-yard run by Bell.
NMU could only gather 225 yards of total offense on the day for a season low. The ‘Cats gained 157 yards on the ground and 68 in the air. Mark Bossuah led the ‘Cats on the ground with 124 yards on 21 carries. Kopach was 10-22-1 for the entire NMU passing yardage. Wells hauled in four passes for 27 yards. Nathan Yelk led the defense with 14 total tackles (11 solo and three assisted). He also had a sack and one-and-a-half tackles-for-loss.
NMU stays on the road next week with a game at Hillsdale (Oct. 18).
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