MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team (3-2, 3-1 GLIAC) will try to get one back in the win column Saturday night with its second consecutive road game. NMU takes on the top ranked team in NCAA Division II the Grand Valley State Lakers (5-0, 4-0 GLIAC) with kickoff set for 7 p.m. at Lubbers Stadium. The Wildcats lost at Wayne State last Saturday by a score of 26-18 while the Lakers won on the road against Tiffin (71-10).
The task might be an uphill effort, but the ‘Cats can pull it off as NMU is 16-17-1 all-time against GVSU. NMU has not beaten the Lakers since a 29-28 decision in Marquette during the 2000 season. Last year in Allendale the ‘Cats lost to the Lakers 31-19. All total the NMU has lost nine in a row to GVSU.
Looking at some stats, the Lakers lead the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in scoring offense (44.4 avg/g) while the ‘Cat scoring defense is second in the conference (15.8 avg/g). GVSU leads the GLIAC in total offense (465.8 avg/g) while NMU’s total defense is second (254.6 avg/g). NMU’s pass defense (117.4 avg/g) is the top unit in the GLIAC while GVSU’s pass offense is third (238.8 avg/g).
Carter Kopach continues to lead the ‘Cats on the ground with 267 yards on 76 carries. He is 69-130-7 for 988 yards in the air. Kopach has tallied 1,255 yards of NMU’s 1,537 yards of total offense. Dustin Brancheau has hauled in 22 of Kopach’s passes for 323 yards, which are both team highs. Eddie Knoblock leads the ‘Cats on the defensive front with 36 total tackles (22 solo and 14 assisted). As a unit the NMU defense has intercepted seven passes and returned two for touchdowns.
The Bay (94.9 FM) will carry the action from GVSU. An audio stream will be available at the following link http://webb.nmu.edu/SportsAthletics/SiteSections/ForCatFans/GameBroadcasts.shtml. Gametracker (http://www.gliac.org/scoreboard/index) and a video stream (http://www.gvsulakers.com/allaccess/index.html?media=190972) will also be available.
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