ALLENDALE, Mich. - Grand Valley State,ranked number one in NCAA Division II, cruised to their fifth straight win ofthe season on Saturday night with a 51-14 victory over Northern Michigan.
The Lakers piled up 458 yards in total offense in a game that was played before9,560 fans on a rainy, cold, windy night. The loss knocked NMU out of a tie forfirst place. NMU is now 4-2 overall, 4-1 in GLIAC play. Grand Valley is 5-0overall, 4-0 in conference play.
The Lakers and Saginaw Valley are the only two remaining undefeated teams inthe conference and the Cardinals will host Grand Valley on Saturday, Oct. 19.
The Lakers jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead on two short touchdown runs byReggie Spearmon, a 57-yard pass interception return by Lucius Hawkins and a5-yard TD pass from Curt Anes to David Kircus.
The Lakers padded their lead in the third quarter as Spearmon scored his thirdtouchdown on another short run and Ane hits Kircus on a 7-yard touchdown passto make it 41-0.
NMU got on the board with 6:40 to play in the third quarter when TerrellGoldsmith scored on a 13-yard run. GVSU added a field goal and a 72-yard TD runby B. Langston while NMU's Corey Woods closed out the scoring with a 4-yardtouchdown run with 1:29 to play.
NMU had 99 yards rushing, including 73 by Goldsmith and 211 passing asquarterback Kyle Swenor completed 17 of 45 passes with two interceptions.Langston rushed for 149 yards to lead Grand Valley and Anes completed 14 of 25passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns.
NMU returns to action on Saturday, October 19, hosting Ashland University.Kickoff is 1:00 p.m. at the Superior Dome.