MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan football team looks to end its two-game losing streak as the Wildcats host Grand Valley State at 1 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 8) at the Superior Dome. NMU is 3-2 overall and 2-2 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. GVSU is, surprisingly, 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the GLIAC.
The Lakers lead the all-time series, dating back to 1975, 18-16-1. Recently, Grand Valley has won 10 straight meetings.
In the offense category, the Lakers average 441 yards of offense to the ‘Cats 354. GVSU is averaging ten more points per game than the ‘Cats (39-29). The three Laker losses have been to Hillsdale, Indianapolis and Findlay. The two wins are over Western Oregon and Tiffin.
The two teams met in Allendale, Mich. in 2010. The Lakers were ranked No.1 in the nation and defeated the ‘Cats 28-7. NMU’s lone touchdown came in the third quarter on a rush by John Privitelli. GVSU scored two TDs in the first quarter and added scores in the second and fourth.
GVUS lost in the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoff last season. The Lakers finished the season 11-2 and 9-1 in the GLIAC. The lone conference loss was to Michigan Tech. GVSU was picked first in the GLIAC North by the coaches.
The Wildcats were defeated by the No. 9 Wayne State Warriors, 30-28 at the Superior Dome last Saturday (Oct. 1). The ‘Cats spotted the Warriors 24 points and mounted a comeback that fell short. NMU outscored its opponent 14-3 in the second half and recovered an onside kick with under a minute to go but was unable to get a first down.
Senior quarterback Carter Kopach leads the NMU offense with 1050 yards through the air on the season for an average of 212 yards per game. He is 88-for-156 with seven interceptions and 11 touchdowns. He also has 262 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. Kopach has 58 touchdowns on his career, including 4,702 passing yards and 825 rushing yards.
Redshirt freshmen wide receiver Julian Gaines is averaging 19.5 yards per catch. Three of his 13 receptions have been for touchdowns. He has 253 receiving yards for an average of 50.6 per game.
Senior defensive tackle Zach Anderson and junior linebacker Josh Droese lead the ‘Cats defense with 36 total tackles each. Anderson leads the team with six tackles-for-loss and three sacks. Seniors Matt Forward (27), Robert Edmonds (26) and Junior Michel (25) also have over 20 tackles. Senior defensive backs Anthony Marietti and Jacob Lehman each have two interceptions.
100.3 FM “The Point,” the official radio station of the NMU Wildcats, broadcast all NMU football games. Ryan Beckman and Dan Hardenbrook bring you all the action.
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