MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team hosts Michigan Tech on Saturday, Oct. 6 for the Miner’s Cup on Family Weekend and Youth Sports Day. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from the Superior Dome. Youth are encouraged to wear jerseys. All teams ordering group tickets in advance will be recognized at the game on the message center and over the PA thanking them for their attendance.
The Miner's Cup is the trophy awarded to the winner of the annual U.P. rivalry football game between NMU and MTU. The rivalry has been around since 1920, but the tradition of a "traveling trophy" between the two schools has only been around since 2002. Tech has won the trophy for seven out of a possible ten times since the tradition began.
NMU leads the all-time series 41-39-5. The two team first met in 1920 when the ‘Cats lost 20-13 in Marquette and 26-0 in Houghton. NMU has lost two straight to the Huskies.
The Huskies enter Saturday’s after their first loss of the season to No. 3 Grand Valley last Saturday. The Lakers defeated MTU 51-43. The Huskies trailed 37-7 at half and 51-14 with 3:51 remaining in the third quarter before mounting a comeback with four fourth quarter touchdowns. Akeem Cason is the GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week after a 98-yard kick return for touchdown.
Michigan Tech squeaked out a 21-18 victory over Northern Michigan from the Superior Dome on Nov. 12, 2011. It was the final game of the season for both teams as they battled for the Miner’s Cup. NMU missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired. The kick would have sent the game into overtime after the Huskies had a roughing the passer penalty on the previous play. The ‘Cat offense finished with 267 yards of offense (126 rushing and 141 passing). Prince Young had 81 yards on 17 carries. Carter Kopach was 23-for-37 for 140 yards passing. He also rushed 12 times for 33 yards. Christian Jessie led the team with nine receptions for 43 yards.
Senior kicker/punter Rockne Belmonte is 4-for-8 on field goals this season. Belmonte is now five field goals shy of NMU’s current career mark for field goals held by held by Kyle Marotz (2002-05) who made 41. He is a second team preseason All-American by USA Football News and a preseason All-American as an honorable mention choice by the D2 vs. NAIA Bowl. Belmonte holds NMU’s record for field goals in a season. He was 15-for-19 on field goals with a long of 45 in 2011.
Senior running back Prince Young is averaging 92.4 yards per game on the ground. He has 462 yards on 119 carries with four touchdowns. He is a third team preseason All-American by the USA Football News and led the Wildcats with 960 rushing yards last season on 202 carries. Young has five 100 yard rushing games, including a career-high 149 at Ferris State (Oct. 15) on 25 carries.
Senior linebacker Eddie Knoblock leads the ‘Cats with 43 total tackles. He has 23 solo tackles, 20 assisted, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Junior Morgan Stenz (38), sophomore Nick Krause (38) and senior Zach Anderson (33) also have over 30 tackles. The ‘Cats have four sacks and have forced six turnovers on two fumbles and four interceptions.
100.3 FM “The Point” carries all NMU football games. “The Point” also hosts the weekly NMU Coaches’ Show on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. at Vango’s. Online streaming of both events can be found at http://wnmufm.org/nmu-sports-stream
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