MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team (3-1, 3-0 GLIAC) will be away from the Superior Dome for the next two Saturdays. First up is a trip to the Motor City to tangle with the Warriors of Wayne State University (3-1, 2-1 GLIAC) Saturday (Oct. 2) at noon.
The Wildcats after dropping its first game on the road this season to MSU-Mankato (7-6) came back strong with a convincing win at Northwood almost two weeks ago (31-17). In that game Carter Kopach rushed for a game-high 81 yards on 19 carries and scored twice. In the air he was 13-25-0 for 254 yards and two touchdowns. Kopach was named the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Offensive Player of the Week for his effort.
NMU leads the GLIAC in total defense (238.0 avg/g) while the Warriors are second in the category (264.0 avg/g). Scoring defense the ‘Cats are second (13.2 avg/g) while WSU is third (16.0 avg/g). The Warriors lead the conference in rushing offense (242.5 yds/g) while the ‘Cats rushing defense is sixth (136.2 yds/g). Through the air the ‘Cats pass defense leads the GLIAC (101.8 avg/g) while WSU is second (134.0 avg/g). The Warriors pass offense is 12th in the conference (142.2 avg/g). The NMU defense leads the GLIAC in red zone defense (50 percent).
NMU is tied for first in the GLIAC along with Grand Valley State, Michigan Tech and Ferris State. WSU is a game back.
The ‘Cats are 15-9 all-time against Wayne State. NMU has won three of the past four meetings between the two schools. In its last two trips to Detroit the ‘Cats have split, losing in 2008 (24-10) and winning in 2004 (18-13). Last year in Marquette the ‘Cats defeated the Warriors (45-20).
NMU did receive two votes this week in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.
The Point (100.3 FM) will carry the action as an audio stream will also be available (http://webb.nmu.edu/SportsAthletics/SiteSections/ForCatFans/GameBroadcasts.shtml).
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