MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team wishes it could play every game in the Superior Dome. For the second consecutive home game this season the Wildcats shutout their opponent. This week it was the Ferris State Bulldogs who were the victims to the Wildcats by a score of 34-0. Two weeks ago the ‘Cats shutout Tiffin.
With the win the ‘Cats improve to 3-1 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Ferris falls to 1-4 overall and 0-4 in conference play.
Mark Bossuah put the ‘Cats on the board with a one-yard sneak with 2:20 left in the first quarter. Rockne Belmonte’s extra point kick was good and NMU had a 7-0 lead. Belmonte connected for two field goals in the second quarter to extend NMU’s lead to 13-0. He found the range from 22 (12:42) and 20 yards (8:09) for his first two field goals in his NMU career.
The third quarter saw the ‘Cats explode for 21 unanswered points. Carter Kopach scored at 11:57 on a seven-yard run. Antonio Wallace found the end zone from a yard-out with a little over six minutes left in the quarter (6:04). The final touchdown was scored by Bossuah for his second of the day from 20 yards out (1:16). Belmonte converted all three extra point kicks. The score would stay 34-0.
NMU accounted for 389 yards of total offense (353 on the ground and 36 in the air). The Bulldogs had 319 yards of total offense (13 yards rushing and 306 yards passing). Bossuah and Wallace accounted for 289 yards of the rushing on the day. Bossuah led all rushers with 159 yards on 18 carries. Wallace had 130 yards on 13 carries. Kopach accounted for the entire passing yardage on 6-10-1. Wallace and Dustin Brancheau caught two passes each. Wallace had 20 yards receiving. Wallace ended the game with 236 all-purpose yards.
NMU was five-of-six in red zone scores for the game. The NMU defense came up big by holding the Bulldogs to 13 yards on the ground. The ‘Cats had 12 tackles for loss tallying -46 yards for the game. Nathan Yelk registered eight total tackles (five solo and three assisted), a sack, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and a pass break-up. Edwin Knoblock had six total tackles (three solo and three assisted), a sack and two-and-a-half tackles for loss. Zach Gauthier also had six total tackles (three solo and three assisted) and a tackle for loss.
After spending the past three Saturdays in the U.P. the ‘Cats must cross the bridge next week to take on the Saginaw Valley State Cardinals. Kickoff is set for Oct. 3 at noon.
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