HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team closed out the 2010 season on a cold and snowy day at Sherman Field on the campus of Michigan Tech. On the line was the Miner's Cup which the Wildcats held as a result of last year's win. The home team registered a touchdown in the first and third quarters en route to a 12-0 win over the 'Cats. The Miner's Cup now goes back to Michigan Tech.
NMU finishes the season at 5-6 overall and 5-5 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. MTU on the bubble for a NCAA Division II playoff spot is now 8-2 overall and in the GLIAC.
Brian Stowowy scampered in from four yards out with under two minutes left in the first quarter (1:42) to put the Huskies on the scoreboard. The extra point kick failed as the home team led 6-0. The only other score of the game was at 3:09 of the third quarter when Steve Short called his number for a one-yard burst. Again the kick was no good as the Huskies were leading (12-0).
NMU only recorded five first downs for the afternoon. Turnovers were costly for the 'Cats as the team had four fumbles while losing three plus an interception. NMU was 0-11 on third-down conversions. Total offense for the 'Cats was 132 yards (108 rushing and 24 passing). MTU accounted for 15 first downs and 233 yards of total offense (159 rushing and 74 passing).
John Privitelli was the leading ground gainer for the game with 103 yards on 19 carries. Akeem Cason led the Huskies with 73 yards on 23 carries. Jacob Hicks was 4-13-1 for all the NMU passing yards. Craig Thompson led the 'Cats with two receptions for eight yards.
DJ Oke registered 10 total tackles (five solo and five assisted). Eddie Knoblock also had 10 total tackles (four solo and six assisted).
NMU will open up the 2011 season at home against MSU-Mankato Thursday night Sept. 1.