MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team (4-3, 4-2 GLIAC) will look to extend its winning ways with a second consecutive home game Saturday (Oct. 16) at 1 p.m. against the Greyhounds of the University of Indianapolis. Saturday’s game is Band Day in the Superior Dome. NMU snapped its two-game skid with a 22-20 win over Ferris State last Saturday. UIndy (3-4, 2-4 GLIAC) enters the Superior Dome coming off a loss at Saginaw Valley State (24-20) last week. This season the NMU football team is a perfect 3-0 in the Superior Dome.
Against the Bulldogs John Privitelli had a career day with 135 yards rushing on 24 carries. He ran for a touchdown and threw for one. Rockne Belmonte, the week’s Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Special Teams Player of the Week, connected for three field goals. His 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter turned out to be the game-winner. Belmonte also connected for a 51-yard boot in the second quarter which is a career long as well as the second longest kick in the conference this season. He has made six of his nine field goal attempts this season.
The ‘Cats are 12-6 all-time against the Greyhounds. Last year in the Superior Dome NMU defeated UIndy by a score of 41-14.
The NMU defense leads the GLIAC in two categories. NMU’s total defense is the top defense in the conference (282.4 avg/g) as is the pass defense (122.9 avg/g).
After winning its first two games of the season the Greyhounds have dropped its past two games. UIndy is averaging 312.2 yards a game in total offense and giving up 312.6 yards a game. The scoreboard finds the Greyhounds averaging 22.9 points a game and giving up 20.3points a game. On the ground UIndy is averaging 95.1 yards an outing and in the air the team is averaging 217.1 yards a game. Defensively the Greyhounds are giving up on the ground 156.4 yards a game and 156.1 yards a game through the air a game. A couple of the Greyhounds to watch include Joumeel McLaurine who has a team-high 367 yards rushing on 99 carries. He has scored four of the team’s 10 rushing touchdowns. Chris Mills has thrown for 864 yards on 65-120-1 with five touchdowns. Two UIndy players have over 30 catches on the season. Leading the way is Mar’Quone Edmonds with 32 for 430 yards and five touchdowns. On the other side of the ball, Max Davis has a team-leading 84 total tackles (33 solo and 51 assisted).
NMU is averaging 286.7 yards a game in total offense (110.0 yards rushing and 176.7 yards passing) while giving up 282.4 yards a game (159.6 yards rushing and 122.9 yards passing). The ‘Cats are putting up 22.3 points an outing and giving up 18.1 points per contest. Privitelli leads the ‘Cats on the ground with 357 yards on 90 carries. Jacob Hicks, who took over for the injured Carter Kopach, has thrown for 145 yards on 16-27-0. Dustin Brancheau has a team-high 30 receptions for 428 yards. He has five of the nine receiving touchdowns on the season. Eddie Knoblock leads the ‘Cats defensive efforts with a team-high 54 total tackles (28 solo and 26 assisted).
NMU has three games remaining on the schedule for 2010. Next week the ‘Cats travel to Ohio to take on the Tiffin Dragons (Oct. 30 at 1:30 p.m.). The home finale is the following week against Saginaw Valley State (Nov. 6 at 1 p.m.). The final Saturday of the season the ‘Cats travel to Houghton to take on Michigan Tech (Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.).
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