MARQUETTE, Mich. -- The Northern Michigan University football team returns to the Superior Dome to take on Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Ashland. The game marks just the second home game for the Wildcats as they host the #18 Eagles on NMU Family Weekend.
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Last Time Out:
NMU took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter as the Wildcats scored twice in the first quarter in Saturday's Miner's Cup tilt against Michigan Tech. Freshman Ryan Johnson (De Pere, Wisc./Ashwaubenon) found redshirt freshman Tanner Kruzel (Boyne City, Mich./Boyne City) for a 72-yard touchdown pass to score the first NMU touchdown. After an interception by senior Pat Ryan (Linden, Mich.), junior Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) scored to extend the lead. Michigan Tech would then go on to score 20-straight points. Another Kruzel touchdown reception gave the Wildcats a slim 21-20 lead, but the Huskies found the end zone one more time to defeat NMU 28-21.
Kruzel Scores Twice:
Last week at Michigan Tech, Kruzel finished with career-highs with four catches to total 116 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
Mayon still rushing leader:
After rushing for 157 yards last week against Michigan Tech, Mayon is now third overall in the NCAA for rushing yards per game with an average of 167.5. Mayon's play is also leading the GLIAC for yards per game as well.
GLIAC Tackle Leaders:
Seniors Marlon Harris (Oak Park, Mich./Clawson/Tiffin) and Darryl Williams (Cooper City, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) are leading the conference in tackles per game during GLIAC play. Both are averaging 11.7 tackles per game. Another Wildcat, sophomore Troy Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) is ranked fourth, averaging 9.7 tackles per game.
Johnson Throws TD's first two games:
In Ryan Johnson's debut against Davenport, he completed a 33-yard touchdown pass for his first career touchdown. Saturday at Michigan Tech he threw another touchdown, throwing a 72-yard touchdown pass to Kruzel on the first drive of the game against Michigan Tech.
Kwiecinski Leads GLIAC for Punters:
Sophomore John Kwiecinski (Plymouth, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary's) leads the conference with an average of 42.6 yards per punt on 18 attempts throughout the season.
Eagles at a Glance:
Ashland enters today's game having won last four games, most recently defeating Davenport 38-0 for their first shutout of the season. Ranked 18th, the Eagles defeated Ferris State 20-3 while FSU was ranked #2 in the country. The Ashland defense is allowing just 12.3 points per game
The Northern Michigan/Ashland Series:
Today's game marks the 25th matchup between Northern Michigan and Ashland. The Eagles hold an 18-6 advantage in the series, but despite the recent struggles, NMU came within one point of Ashland in their 2015 meeting, falling 41-40 as the Eagles hit recent second round NFL draft choice Adam Shaheen for the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.