HILLSDALE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team held a 17-7 lead in the second quarter, but could not hold on and dropped its sixth consecutive game of the season to Hillsdale College on Saturday (49-25). NMU drops to 1-6 overall and in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. The Chargers improve to 5-3 and 4-3 respectively.
Jon Laue kicked a 23-yard field goal with 9:13 showing on the clock in the first quarter to give NMU the early 3-0 lead. Hillsdale came back about six minutes later to take a 7-3 lead off of a two-yard run by Vinnie Panizzi (3:36).
The second quarter saw the Wildcats score twice in a span of five minutes. Mark Bossuah found the end zone from five yards out at 9:07 and with the good extra point NMU held a 10-7 lead. Zach Nichols hauled in a 13-yard pass from Carter Kopach at 4:48 for a 17-7 lead after a Laue extra point kick. The Chargers added two touchdown passes later in the quarter. Troy Weatherhead threw both touchdowns to Andre Holmes for 59 yards (2:14) and then a 14-yard pass to A.j. Kegg with 32 seconds remaining before half. Hillsdale now held a 21-17 lead after 30 minutes of play
The second half the Chargers scored 28 points. Panizzi scored twice in the third quarter on runs of 71 (14:37) and 13 yards (3:26). After three quarters of play Hillsdale held a 35-17 lead.
Early in the fourth quarter, Dan Elmore caught an eight-yard pass from Kopach (14:54) and with a two-point conversion run by Bossuah the ‘Cats now trail 35-25. Hillsdale made the score 42-25 when Holmes caught a four-yard pass from Weatherhead at 9:14 with the good extra point. Hillsdale’s final score came at 7:16 when Brad Otterbein ran it in from three yards out at 7:16.
NMU’s total offense was a little bit better than the past two weeks. The ‘Cats recorded 288 yards of total offense on the day (87 yards rushing and 201 passing). Bossuah led the ‘Cats on the ground with 91 yards on 21 carries. Kopach was 18-28-1 for 192 yards. Nichols caught six throws for 63 yards. Nathan Yelk led the defense with nine total tackles (six solo and three assisted) and an interception.
NMU will spend the next two Saturdays at home. First up is a date with the University of Findlay on Saturday (Oct. 25).
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