MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Football team hosts The University of Texas of the Permian Basin at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon for their first game inside the Superior Dome this season.
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| LAST TIME OUT
The NMU Football team made their 2018 debut last Saturday at McKendree University and despite an even first half, were unable to come home with a road victory. The Wildcats scored first but an MCK touchdown before halftime sent the game into the break tied at 7-7. The Bearcats added 27 second half points, which proved too much to overcome despite a 21-point fourth quarter for NMU, and the Wildcats fell 34-28.
| MAYON APPROACHES A SCHOOL RECORD
With 2, 888 rushing yards in his career, senior Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) is just 955 yards away from the school's career rushing mark. In the season opener at McKendree, Mayon rushed for 173 yards on 27 carries, averaging 6.4 yards a touch. In the first quarter, he scored the first NMU touchdown of the season on a four-yard plunge into the end zone.
| HURTING YOU TWO WAYS
Backup quarterback sophomore Latrell Giles (Chicago, Ill./Leo Catholic) was forced into the ball game on Saturday's third play of the game but showed no side of hesitancy. Giles finished the game with 176 yards passing, finishing 10-18 with a 66-yard touchdown. He also made a major contribution in the run game, posting 97 yards on 14 carries.
| ANOTHER QB & ANOTHER TD
Redshirt freshman Kole Stealy (Cooper City, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) threw his first career touchdown pass with no time remaining in the game, hitting junior Ryan Knight (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Eastern) for a 17-yard touchdown pass. Coming into the game during the fourth quarter, Stealy finished the game with 58 yards passing and a touchdown.
| LOUTSIS BREAKS OUT
Redshirt freshman Benjamin Loutsis (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made his NMU debut in a big way. Loutsis led the NMU receiving core with five receptions and 117 yards receiving. On the second official play of the second half, Loutsis took a Giles pass 66-yards for his first career touchdown.
| STRONG OFFENSIVE DEBUT
Last season, the Wildcat offense averaged 359.4 yards per game with a season high 431 yards at Tiffin University. In the season opener, the offense put up 515 yards of total offense. NMU posted 283 yards rushing, more than any game last year and their 232 yards passing would have been their third highest total a year ago.
|NMU VERSUS MINNEOSTA DULUTH.|
This will be the first meeting in the all-time series with the Falcons. UTPB played their first-ever football game in 2016 and have finished the 2016 and 2017 season with identical 2-9 seasons. Last week, the Falcons fell to Texas Southern University 24-16.