INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Michigan senior quarterback Carter Kopach rushed for three touchdowns and threw for one but it wasn’t enough as the Wildcats were defeated by the University of Indianapolis, 38-31, Saturday (Oct. 22) evening at Key Stadium.
NMU (3-5, 2-5 GLIAC) led 13-0 heading into the second quarter. Kopach had rushing touchdowns of two and four yards in the first quarter. The defense held the Greyhounds to only two first downs in their three possessions of the first.
Indianapolis (6-2, 5-2 GLIAC) responded with 21 unanswered points in the second quarter and took the lead 21-13 heading into halftime. The Greyhounds scored on touchdowns by Klay Fiechter, Ryan Forney and Chris Mills.
NMU scored on its opening drive of the second half after Indianapolis went three and out. Junior running back Prince Young had a 51-yard rush to set-up a 10-yard rushing touchdown by Kopach. Sophomore receiver Christian Marble-King added a two-point conversion to tie the game at 21.
The Greyhounds made an 18-yard field goal on their next procession and NMU’s junior kicker Rockne Belmonte added a 25-yard field goal at the start of the fourth to tie it at 24.
Indy would add two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including a 72-yard touchdown reception from Chris Mills to Forney.
NMU’s comeback try started with a 13-play 79-yard drive that ended in a Marble-King 3-yard touchdown reception.
The ‘Cats got the ball back with 34 second left on their own 22 but couldn’t get farther than the Indy 48 before the clock ran out.
NMU finished with 433 yards of total offense on 232 yards rushing and 201 passing. The ‘Cats were 7-for-15 on third-down conversion and 5-for-5 in the redzone.
Kopach finished the game 21-for-38 for 201 yards through the air with a touchdown and two interceptions. He also rushed for 88 yards and three touchdowns.
Young led the ‘Cats ground attack with 130 yards on the ground. He also had four catches for 36 yards. Marble-King had eight receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore receiver Christian Jessie had three catches for 52 yards.
Junior defensive lineman Zach Anderson led the ‘Cats with eight total tackles. He had five solo and three assisted tackles and a sack. Freshman linebacker Wyatt Jurasin had seven tackles while senior linebacker Robert Edmonds had six tackles.
NMU returns to the Superior Dome on Saturday (Oct. 29), looking to snap its five-game losing streak. The ‘Cats host Tiffin University with kickoff set for 1 p.m.
Game Notes: Indianapolis is leaving the GLIAC after this season…Last season the two teams only combined for 11 total points…NMU hasn’t won at Indianapolis since 2002…Attendance at Key Stadium was 2,884.
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