MARQUETTE, Mich. – After winning the first three games of the season, the Northern Michigan football team finds itself 3-3. The Wildcats were defeated by Grand Valley State on Saturday (Oct. 8), 42-7, from the Superior Dome. Northern is now 2-3 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Grand Valley (3-3, 2-3 GLIAC) scored the first 21 points of the game. Jovonne Augustus scored four touchdowns on the afternoon for the Lakers. His four touchdown receptions are a new Superior Dome record.
Augustus scored his first two touchdowns in the first quarter on a 4-yard reception and an 18-yard reception. The Lakers scored early in the second on a 9-yard reception to Greg Gay.
Junior running back Prince Young finally got the ‘Cats on the board in the second quarter after a 15-play 77-yard drive. NMU lined up for a field goal earlier in the drive but had it blocked. Senior defensive lineman Anthony Echols recovered the block and rushed it for a first down. Young punched it into the endzone a few plays later.
The ‘Cats started their next drive on the NMU 35 and drove down to the GVSU 15 before throwing an interception at the 1-yardline just before halftime.
NMU missed a field goal on its first drive in the second half and Grand Valley scored its fourth touchdown on the next possession.
Senior quarterback Carter Kopach was intercepted on the next three possessions. Erik Thompson returned the second interception 95 yards to the endzone to make the score 35-7. It set a new Superior Dome record for longest interception return. The Lakers capitalized on the third interception and got its final touchdown by Augustus.
The Wildcat offense finished the game with 382 yards (259 passing and 123 rushing). Kopach finished 25-for-45. Kopach also had 66 yards rushing. Prince Young had 53 yards on the ground and scored the lone NMU touchdown. Redshirt freshman Julian Gaines led the receivers with 81 yards on five receptions.
Senior punter Garrett Peck had six punts for 214 yards (35.7 average). Junior kicker Rockne Belmonte had a 29-yard punt blocked and missed a 25-yard attempt. He made his lone extra point attempt.
Sophomore defensive back Morgan Stenz led the ‘Cats with seven total tackles (two solo and five assisted). Senior defensive lineman Matt Forward had six total tackles, including three tackles-for-loss and a sack. Senior linebacker Robert Edmonds also had a sack.
NMU hits the road to Big Rapids, Mich. to take on the Ferris State Bulldogs next Saturday (Oct. 15). Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. against the Bulldogs (4-2, 3-2 GLIAC).
Game Notes: GVSU has now won 11 straight over NMU…Bernie Anderson has not defeated the Lakers in his six years at NMU…It was the first time this season that Kopach didn’t throw a touchdown pass…Augustus broke a record held by five players...Thompson broke Kelly Snell's (of Ferris State) Dome record of 92 yards for an interception return for a touchdown (9/27/97)...The Grand Valley Marching Band performed at halftime…Attendance was 3,817 on Family Weekend.
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