MARQUETTE, Mich. – Saturday inside the Superior Dome the Northern Michigan University football team completed the 2009 season. The Wildcats jumped out to a 21-0 halftime lead and never looked back to take the game from the University of Indianapolis by a score of 41-14.
NMU ends the season with a winning record of 6-4 overall and in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) play. UIndy finishes the season at 4-7 and 3-7 respectively. It was NMU’s first winning season since going 6-5 in 2002.
The first quarter saw Blake Crider and Carter Kopach hook up for a 21-yard touchdown strike at the five minute mark. Rockne Belmonte’s extra point kick was good as the ‘Cats were up 7-0. Zach Nichols, playing in his final game in an NMU uniform, hauled in two of Kopach’s passes for scores in the second quarter. Both were from two yards out at 1:58 and 00:40. The extra point kicks were good for both scores (21-0).
With 9:46 showing on the clock in the third quarter, Junior Michel returned an interception for an 11-yard touchdown. Again the kick was good for a 28-0 lead. The Greyhounds got on the board at 4:27 when Rob Doyle found Stephen Geller for a 12-yard touchdown. UIndy’s extra point kick was good and now the score was 28-7. Mark Bossuah, playing his final game for NMU, scampered in from three yards out at 1:44 for a 34-7 score. The extra point kick was no good.
UIndy’s Paul Corsaro found the end zone form two yards out with 5:33 left in the game and with the good extra point the score was now 34-14. Bossuah capped the scoring with a seven-yard run with 2:49 left in the game as the extra point good was good.
NMU recorded 320 yards of total offense for the game (128 rushing and 192 passing). On the other side of the ball the Greyhounds accounted for 240 yards of total offense (seven rushing and 233 passing). For the NMU defense it was a season low in holding opponents on the ground.
Bossuah led all rushers with 78 yards on 19 carries. Kopach was 10-20-0 for 140 yards. Ben Hempel saw some time calling the signals in his finale as a ‘Cat. He was 2-5-0 for 52 yards. Nichols caught a team-high eight catches for 103 yards.
Senior Zach Gauthier led the NMU defense with 16 total tackles for the game (six solo and 10 assisted). He also recorded a sack and a tackle-for-loss. Another senior, Nathan Yelk added seven total tackles (two solo and five assisted).
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