Wildcats Play for Miner's Cup on Senior Day

Wildcats Play for Miner's Cup on Senior Day

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Football hosts rival Michigan Technological University and plays for the Miner's Cup Saturday at 1 p.m. inside the Superior Dome. The team will also celebrate Senior Day prior to the game.

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  RALLY TOWELS

Radio Results Network will be distributing Rally Towels for fans at the football game this Saturday. The first 1,000 fans to enter the Dome will receive the towels and are available at each entrance to the Superior Dome.

  CELEBRATING THE SENIORS

The Wildcats will honor 20 players who will be playing in their final games inside the Superior Dome. The players who will be honored include Aaron Rochow (Richland, Mich./Gull Lake), Brad Gustafson (Felch, Mich./North Dickinson), Austin McCarthy (Mosinee, Wis.), Troy Albrecht (Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port), Josh Alanskas (Chesterfield, Mich./L'Anse Creuse North), Justin McElroy (Holly, Mich./Grand Blanc), Terrell Johnson (Maywood, Ill./Montini Catholic), Josh Hafner (St. Johns, Mich./Ithaca), Zyggy Arledge (Hoover, Ala.), Thompson McWatters (Grand Haven, Mich.), Cody Malanowski (Gladstone, Mich.), Vince Propson (Chilton, Wis.), Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East), La'Ryan Johnson (Kenosha, Wis./Bradford), Abram Cook (Suprise, Ariz./Valley Vista), Chet Maxey (Fishers, Ind./Hamilton Southeastern), Jalen Saunders (Auburn Hills, Mich./Avondale), Cole Van Enkenvort (Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port), Josh Crim (Lansing, Mich./Eastern), and Michael Akinlade (Birmingham, England/St. Matthew Academy). The team will also be honoring Anthony Herbert who sadly passed away in April 2017 but would have been a senior this season.

  LAST TIME OUT

NMU took a break from Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play as they hosted Lawrence Technological University and came away with a 65-7 victory. The 58-point win was the largest victory since a 62-0 win over Tiffin University in 2009. The 65 points are the most since the team scored 66 against Findlay University in 2014. In the game, the NMU offense ran for 444 yards and a school record 24 rushing first downs.  Defensively, the team blocked their first punt since the 2013 season at Grand Valley State University. With the ball rolling out of the end zone, it was also the first safety for the NMU defense since 2010 at Ashland University.

  LESS THAN 100 TO GO

Mayon is now just 90 yards away from the school record for career rushing yards after gaining 121 yards on 12 carries against LTU.  Mayon has 3,752 yards in his career and averages 98.7 yards per game.  The current record of 3,842 yards is held by NMU Sports Hall of Fame member Steve Avery who played from 1984-1988.

  TEAM DEFENSE

The Wildcat defense showed a team effort as no one had more than seven tackles in Saturday's win, and featured 14 players with multiple tackles. Redshirt freshman Wyatt Goodwin (Marquette, Mich.) lead the defense with seven tackles. Gustafson notched his first career interception as he intercepted an LTU screen pass attempt and returned it 13 yards. Senior Alex Hamilton (Chesterfield, Mich./Anchor Bay) recorded his first career sack, taking down the Blue Devil quarterback for four yards.

 MAKING IMPROVEMENTS

The NMU defense continues to improve since Head Coach Kyle Nystrom took over. The defense has allowed 11 fewer points per game this season than 2016 while reducing their rushing yards allowed per game by 124 yards per game. In total yards, NMU is allowing 100 fewer yards than the 2016 season. 

  RUNNING WILD

Mayon is currently leading the GLIAC with 129.6 yards per game and is second with 11 rushing touchdowns. The Wildcats are second in the league with 241.9 yards rushing per game and with 20 total rushing touchdowns. Nationally, the NMU offense is 17th among Division II in rushing yards per game. NMU has tallied 1,935 yards on the ground, with Mayon posting 1,037 this year. Sophomore Latrell Giles (Chicago, Ill./Leo Catholic) has added 435 while sophomore Deandre Caldwell (Kankakee, Ill.) has 425 on the year and is coming off a 171 yard performance Saturday against LTU.  This year's rushing attack has already doubled last season's TD's and surpassed last year's rushing totals with three games to go.

  NMU VERSUS MICHIGAN TECH

The all-time series dates back to 1920 and Saturday's matchup with be the 91st meeting. The Wildcats hold the longest winning streak in the series, going from 1956 through the 2000 season.  The winner of the annual matchup also takes home the Miner's Cup.  This season, the Wildcats have scored more points and have gained more yards than the Huskies. NMU has also scored points in every game while Michigan Tech was shutout against Saginaw Valley State University.