MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Football heads to Texas this week to take on the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Saturday night at 7 p.m. Eastern. The game will be played away from the UTPB campus in Midland, Texas at Grande Stadium.
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| LAST TIME OUT
The NMU football team made their 2019 season debut with a win over McKendree University at the Superior Dome last Saturday. The Bearcats scored first, but NMU finished the game outscoring MCK 20-0 in the second half. The Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and added another touchdown in the fourth quarter to propel the Wildcats to a 30-9 victory.
| MAKING HIS RETURN
Sophomore Ryan Johnson (DePere, Wis.), who missed the 2018 season due to injury, made his 2019 return against McKendree 10-14 for 130 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Johnson's first touchdown went to senior Ryan Knight (Grand Rapids, Mich.) to give the Wildcats their first lead of the season when he found Knight along the sideline in the end zone. He then hit junior Mitch Heaton (Clarkston, Mich.) for a 10-yard TD in the third quarter. Johnson also added a 38-yard TD reception to sophomore Benjamin Loutsis (Aurora, Ill.). Loutsis caught the ball at the 10-yard line and juked past two McKendree defenders for the score.
| RUNNING SUCCESS
Freshman Tyshon King (Kankakee, Ill.) led the Wildcats with 80 rushing yards against the Bearcats. During the third quarter, King broke through the defense and waltzed in the endzone, to give NMU their first touchdown of the second half. As a team, the Wildcats ran for 138 yards total, including a 60 yard drive that spanned the game's final 6:26 and featured a total of eight rushes before two kneel downs.
| STRONG DEFENSE
Sophomore Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) led the Wildcats with eight tackles, including six solo tackles and two QB hurries. Sophomore Trevor Roberts (Kingsford, Mich.) added six tackles with five more players adding five each.
The pass defense also came up strong as they notched two interceptions and had three pass break ups. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jacob Ager (Boyne City, Mich.) intercepted the Bearcat quarterback in the first quarter to set up the first NMU touchdown of the season. Freshman Tavion McCarthy (Gurnee, Ill.) returned his interception 38 yards to set up another NMU touchdown.
| HEATON FINDS THE END ZONE
Junior Mitch Heaton (Clarkston, Mich.) scored his first touchdown since his freshman season. Last season, he caught two passes for 20 yards. After McCarthy set up the Wildcats on the Bearcat 29-yard line, the Wildcats ran the ball down to the 10. On 3rd and 5, Johnson hit Heaton in the end zone put NMU up 24-9.
| NMU VERSUS UTPB
The Wildcats, now 1-0 on the season, travel to Texas this weekend to take on the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. NMU defeated UTPB in the Superior Dome last season, 27-22. The Falcons come into Saturday night at 1-0 this year after defeating Wayland Baptist University 60-7. UTPB finished the game with 508 yards of offense.