MARQUETTE, Mich. – After spending the past two Saturdays away from Marquette the Northern Michigan University football team will spend the next two Saturdays in the Superior Dome. First up is a clash with the Bulldogs of Ferris State University. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. Oct. 16 as the game is part of Family Weekend activities.
NMU is looking to snap its two-game skid as they were defeated by the top ranked team in NCAA Division II in its last outing, the Grand Valley State Lakers (28-7). Last Saturday Ferris State defeated Findlay at home by a score of 23-10. NMU enters the game with a 3-3 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Ferris State is currently 5-1 and 5-0 GLIAC. The Bulldogs lone loss was to Hillsdale the first week of the season (35-17).
At home so far this season the ‘Cats are 2-0, averaging 304.0 yards a game in total offense and scoring 36.0 points a game. Defensively at home after two games the ‘Cats are giving up on average 255.0 yards of total offense and 14.5 points a game.
For all games the ‘Cats are averaging 296.3 yards a game in total offense and giving up 278.5. On the scoreboard NMU is putting up 22.3 points an outing and yielding 17.8.
Carter Kopach, who leads the ‘Cats on the ground with 274 yards on 81 carries, is probably done for the season. He was injured during the Grand Valley State game. He has scored six of NMU’s eight rushing touchdowns. Kopach has thrown for 1,079 yards on 75-144-7 and eight touchdowns. Dustin Brancheau leads the team with 24 receptions for 350 yards and four scores. Eddie Knoblock leads the ‘Cats on the defensive front with 48 total tackles (25 solo and 23 assisted).
Ferris State is averaging 362.8 yards a game in total offense and giving up 314.7. Skyler Stoker leads the Bulldogs on the ground with 280 yards on 61 carries. Tom Schneider has seen the most time calling the signals as he is 112-159-1 for 1,051 yards and 10 touchdowns. Two players have over 20 receptions each with Mike Ryan leading the way with 28 for 348 yards. He has hauled in three touchdown passes. Matt Ryan leads the Ferris State defense with 67 total tackles (30 solo and 37 assisted).
The NMU defense leads the GLIAC in total defense (278.5 avg/g) and pass defense (111.7 avg/g). The Ferris State rushing defense leads the conference (113.0 avg/g).
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