MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team plays its final road game of the season on Saturday (Oct. 27) at Northwood. Kickoff is set for noon from Hantz Stadium in Midland, Mich.
NMU is 2-6 overall and 1-6 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. NMU leads the all-time series against Northwood 23-8, dating back to 1968. The ‘Cats won the first 18 meetings and have won the last two and four of the last five.
Northwood is 4-4 overall and 3-4 in the GLIAC. The Timberwolves won their first four games of the season and have lost their last four. Wins are over Quincy, Walsh, Notre Dame and Tiffin. Losses have been to Wayne State, Saginaw Valley State, Michigan Tech and Grand Valley State.
The Timberwolves were picked eighth in the GLIAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll behind NMU after finishing 2-9 last year and 1-9 in the GLIAC.
NMU was defeated 38-31 at Wayne State last week after mounting a three-touchdown comeback late in the game. The Warriors scored the go-ahead score with 1:16 on the clock. NMU had a chance for the equalizer but was picked off in the endzone to end the game.
NMU finished with 397 yards of offense on 168 yards rushing and 229 passing. Cody Scepaniak finished 18-for-30 through the air for 229 yards a touchdown and an interception in his second start. He also rushed 16 times for 60 yards and a score. Casey Cotta finished with a 100 yards on 17 rushes and two touchdowns. Sterlin Darling led the team with 118 yards on four catches. Levi Perry led the ‘Cats with 10 total tackles on six solo and four assisted tackles. He also had 1.5 tackles for loss. Chris Collins and Eddie Knoblock each had eight total tackles. Knoblock and Matt Smith each had an interception.
NMU went to 3-0 with a 38-17 victory of Northwood on Sept. 17, 2011. The offense racked up 566 yards of total offense and scored at least a touchdown in each quarter. The ‘Cats had less time of procession but used big plays to march down the field. Christian Jessie had a 91-yard touchdown reception. John Privitielli had a 19-yard TD run, Kyle Senn had a 43-yard touchdown reception, Julian Gaines had a 23-yard TD reception and Prince Young had a 1-yard TD run that was set up by a Jared Buss 31- yard reception.
Quarterback Cody Scepaniak has been granted another year of eligibility and is now a junior. He has appeared in the last three games and started the last two. Scepaniak has 604 yards passing on 43-for-68. He has thrown three touchdowns and two interceptions. Scepaniak also has 188 rushing yards and three touchdowns. He also is the holder for kicker Rockne Belmonte.
Junior running back Casey Cotta has 100 yards rushing and two touchdowns in each of the last two games. He had 130 yards vs. Grand Valley and 100 yards at Wayne State.
Senior linebacker Eddie Knoblock leads the ‘Cats with 65 total tackles. He has 28 solo tackles, 27 assisted, five tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception. Sophomore Nick Krause (59) and junior Morgan Stenz (58) also have over 50 tackles. NMU has 11 interceptions, seven sacks and four fumble recoveries.
100.3 FM “The Point”, the official radio voice of the NMU Wildcats, carries all 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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