HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Miners’ Cup is coming back to Marquette thanks to a 48-16 win by the Wildcats this afternoon over the Michigan Tech Huskies. NMU last held the Miner’s Cup after the 2007 game. The Wildcats jumped out to a 21-10 first half lead and never looked back in the game. NMU improves to 2-1 overall and in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) while MTU is still winless on the season (0-3, 0-3 GLIAC).
Dustin Brancheau, on the ‘Cats first possession, hauled in a 62-yard strike from Carter Kopach 9:51 into the game for the first score. Rockne Belmonte’ kick was good and the ‘Cats were up 7-0. Seconds into the second quarter (14:56) Mark Bossuah sneaked in from a yard out for a 14-0 game with the good extra point. The Huskies made it on the scoreboard at 5:16 of the second quarter when Bryan LaChappelle caught a 20-yard pass from Steve Short for a 14-7 game. With a little over two minutes (2:09) left before half Mark Bossuah scored from two yards out for a 21-7 score. MTU added a field goal from 37 yards out by Tyler Cattelino with 58 seconds left in the half.
NMU scored twice in the third quarter on a Carter Kopach 36-yard pass to Zach Nichols at 10:48 as the extra point good was no good. The ‘Cats now had a 27-10 lead. Less than a minute later (9:50) Zach Gauthier returned an interception for a 36-yard return, which was the final nail for the ‘Cats, and the extra point kick was good for a 34-10 lead.
The ‘Cats added two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter on an Antonio Wallace 65-yard run (14:46) for a 41-10 score with the converted extra point. Kopach called his own number next at 7:33 for a five-yard run as the extra point kick was good for a 48-10 game. The Huskies scored for the final time at 1:34 on a 17-yard pass from Brent Heim to Pat Carroll. MTU’s kick failed.
NMU once again had over 465 yards of total offense on the day. The ‘Cats gained 245 on the ground and 220 in the air. The NMU defense held the Huskies to 342 yards (114 rushing and 228 passing). Also the NMU defense picked off two MTU passes by Gauthier and DJ Oke.
Wallace had the biggest day in his young NMU career with 158 yards on 14 carries. Bossuah added 40 yards on 11 carries and two scores. Kopach was 11-14-0 for 220 yards. Brancheau hauled in five of Kopach’s passes for 121 yards. Nichols had four catches for 78 yards.
Demitri Stewart and Gauthier led the ‘Cats in total tackles on the day with eight each. Stewart recorded five solo and three assisted as he had one-and-a-half tackles for loss. Gauthier tallied five solo and three assisted to go along with his half a tackle for a loss, an interception and a pass break-up.
NMU comes back home next week (Sept. 26) for Homecoming against Ferris State for a 4 p.m. kickoff.
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