The Northern Michigan University Football Wildcats (3-6, 3-6 GLIAC) will host the defending NCAA II National Champions, Grand Valley State Lakers (10-0, 900 GLIAC) on Saturday, November 11th at the Superior Dome. Fans wearing Green and Gold and Veterans will be admitted free to the game. Last week the 'Cats snapped their six-game skid with a 48-21 win over Gannon while GVSU defeated Saginaw Valley State 49-35.
Broadcast - The Bear (WIMK, 93.1 FM and WUPK, 94.1 FM) carries the 'Cats all season long. Play-by-play and a video feed of the game is available over the internet at www.nmu.edu/athletics. The cost is $6.
The Coaches - Bernie Anderson is in his first season at NMU as he is 3-6 with the Wildcats. He spent 19 seasons as the head coach at Michigan Tech where he was 93-96-0. Anderson's overall collegiate record stands at 96- 102-0. Grand Valley’s head coach, Chuck Martin, is in his third season guiding the Lakers. He is 33-3-0 with the Lakers. Martin was named the American Football Coaches Association NCAA II Coach of the Year for 2005.
The Series - NMU leads the all-time series with GVSU with a 16-13-1 slate. The Lakers have won the past five games in a row. The 'Cats last win over GVSU was a 29-28 win in Marquette during the 2000 season. The last game played in Marquette was during the 2004 season as GVSU left town with a 45-29 victory.
Looking at Grand Valley State - GVSU has won the NCAA II National Championship three times in the past five years (2002-03-05). GVSU has been ranked number one in the country for over 20 straight weeks. The Lakers are seventh in the nation in scoring offense (35.5 avg), 12th in scoring defense (13.5 avg) and tied for seventh in turnover margin (1.4 avg). The Lakers are the top ranked team in the GLIAC in scoring offense, scoring defense, total defense (263.3 yds/g), pass efficiency (161.6 effic.), pass defense efficiency (106.4 effic.), sacks (34) and fourth-down conversions (9-14, 64.3 percent). GVSU is averaging a little over 371 yards of total offense a game (371.5 avg) and giving up 263.3 yards a game. On the ground the Lakers are averaging 176.0 yards a game and 195.5 in the air. Defensively the Lakers are yielding 103.9 yards a game on the ground and 159.4 via the air. Astin Martin leads the Lakers on the ground with 774 yards on 158 carries. He is averaging almost five yards a carry (4.9 avg). Martin and quarterback Cullen Finnerty each have six touchdowns on the ground to share the team lead. As a team GVSU has 18 scores on the ground. Finnerty is 122-210-7 for 1,858 yards and has 23 touchdowns on the season. Eric Fowler has been his favorite target with a team-high 44 receptions for 914 yards. He has 13 of the 24 receiving touchdowns on the season. The GVSU defense has 14 interceptions on the season and have returned two for touchdowns. Brandon Carr has four of the interceptions. Three Lakers have over 50 total tackles on the season. Anthony Adams leads the way with 64 total (28 solo and 36 assisted). P.J. Beuke is next on the list with 62 (26 solo and 36 assisted). GVSU has three players with 10 of more tackles-for-loss. Ryan Gaydosh leads the team with 11 (-35 yards). Dan Skuta has six sacks for team honors (-31 yards). Justin Trumble leads the GLIAC in punting (38.7 avg).
Player of the Week - For the first time this season an NMU player has been selected by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) as a Player of the Week. Bossuah was selected as the GLIAC Offensive Player of the Week. Against the Golden Knights he had career highs with 21 carries, 118 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on an 11-yard run in the first quarter, a two-yard plunge in the third quarter and a three-yard scamper in the fourth quarter.
Last Time - Seven seniors will be stepping onto the Superior Dome carpet for the final time on Saturday. The seniors are Nathan Fechter, Kentin Lathrope, Eric Mason, Jeremy Nelson, Kelly Reed, Arthur Scott and Corbin Walker.
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