October 10, 2012

Football Hosts Grand Valley

Junior receiver Christian Jessie.
Junior receiver Christian Jessie.

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team hosts Grand Valley State on Saturday, Oct. 13. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. from the Superior Dome on Band Day.

NMU is 1-5 overall and 0-5 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The ‘Cats dropped last weekend’s contest to Michigan Tech in the Miner’s Cup. The lone win this season was over UW-La Crosse in the home-opener on Sept. 6.

GVSU is ranked No. 14 in this week’s American Football Coaches’ Top 25 poll and the D2Football.com poll. The Lakers enter Saturday’s game 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the GLIAC. GVSU lost for the first time of the season last weekend in the Anchor Bone Classic to Ferris State. The Bulldogs defeated the Lakers 40-24.

GVSU leads the all-time series against NMU 19-16-1, dating back to 1975 when the ‘Cats defeated the Lakers 21-17. NMU has lost 11 straight in the series.

Last season, GVSU handed NMU its third loss in a row on Oct. 8, 2012, defeating the ‘Cats 42-7. The Lakers took a 21-0 lead in the second quarter before Prince Young scored the lone NMU touchdown. GVSU had four interceptions and returned one 95 yards for a touchdown.

NMU is averaging 12.8 points and 278.8 yards per game of offense on 100 rushing and 178.8 passing. The ‘Cats are 20-for-78 on third down for 26 percent. NMU is 11-for-19 in the redzone (58 percent).

Senior linebacker Eddie Knoblock leads the ‘Cats with 50 total tackles. He has 24 solo tackles, 26 assisted, 4.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Junior Morgan Stenz (45), sophomore Nick Krause (44) and senior Zach Anderson (39) also have over 35 tackles. The ‘Cats have four sacks and have forced eight turnovers on three fumbles and five 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.

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