FINDLAY, Ohio – The Northern Michigan University football team played in a defensive struggle with the Findlay Oilers Saturday in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) football action. Entering the game each school was 5-2 in the conference race.
NMU could only muster a first half touchdown and dropped the game to the Oilers by a count of 9-6. The Wildcats fall to 5-3 overall and in the GLIAC. UF improves to 7-2 and 6-2 respectively.
The home team got on the board first with a 19-yard field goal at 14:58 of the first quarter by Cameron Stevens. Carter Kopach gave the ‘Cats the lead on a one-yard scamper also in the second quarter at 9:08. The extra point was no good as NMU went into the locker room at half with a 6-3 lead.
Stevens connected for two more field goals in the second half. His first one of the half was at 8:20 of the third quarter from 24 yards out which tied the game at six-all. With 3:24 left in regulation, Stevens connected from 44 yards out for what turned out to be the game-winner. NMU had one final drive, but lost the ball on downs.
The ‘Cats accounted for 233 yards of total offense (74 rushing and 159 passing) on the afternoon. UF on the other hand had 269 yards of total offense (202 rushing and 67 passing). Fumbles hurt the ‘Cats as they lost all three for the game.
Mark Bossuah was held below his average as he led the ‘Cats on the ground with 47 yards on 17 carries. Kopach was 14-28-0 for 159 yards passing. Eleven of his passes went to Zach Nichols and Dustin Brancheau with six and five respectively. Nichols had 61 receiving yards while Brancheau had 49.
Nathan Yelk led the ‘Cats on defense with 19 total tackles (12 solo and seven assisted). Demetri Stewart was next with eight total tackles.
NMU will face Grand Valley State next Saturday (Oct. 31) at 7 p.m. in Allendale, Mich.
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