Wildcats Host Wayne State on Family Weekend

Wildcats Host Wayne State on Family Weekend

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Football team returns home to the Superior Dome to take on Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference foe Wayne State University on Family Weekend.

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

Fans can follow the action using video, live stats and audio.

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Video:  https://portal.stretchinternet.com/nmu/

Live stats:  http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/fball/2019-20/boxscores/20191005_xcgu.xml

Audio:  https://streamdb7web.securenetsystems.net/ce/wupt

For fans attending the game, Smelted Pizza Food Truck with be located in back of the Superior Dome from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those looking to find something prior to the game.

  LAST WEEK

The Wildcats visited #2 Ferris State University but were unable to pull off the upset as they fell to the Bulldogs 38-10. In the contest, NMU recovered five FSU fumbles, which is the first time they have recovered multiple fumbles in almost a full year when they recovered two fumbles at Davenport University on September 29, 2019.

  SCORING TOUCHDOWNS

Two players for the Wildcats can be found ranked in the top three for touchdowns this seasons. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Johnson (De Pere, Wis.) has thrown five touchdowns this season, which places him second among all GLIAC quarterbacks.

Freshman running back Tyshon King (Kankakee, Ill.) has gotten into the end zone four times this year to put him in a tie for third for rushing touchdowns.

  GET THE BALL

Senior James Brown (Menominee, Mich.) and sophomores Anthony Ladd (Columbus, Ohio.), Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.), and Trevor Roberts (Kingstom, Mich.), and freshman Tavion McCarthy (Gurnee, Ill.)  all recovered fumbles in Saturday's game.  

While NMU recovered five fumbles Saturday, they also forced three fumbles in the game.

In the first quarter, sophomore Jacob Dudeck (Manhattan, Ill.) forced the first fumble which was recovered by Ladd.  On the first play of the second quarter, junior Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Wis.) forced the ball out of the ball carriers hands which Darkangelo recovered. The feat was repeated to open the third quarter. FSU started the half with the ball and on their first play, sophomore Edward Pierson (Calumet, Park, Ill.) forced a fumble and McCarthy recovered.

Brown and Roberts both recovered fumbles that occurred on special team plays, with Brown recovering a fumble on an FSU punt return in the second quarter. Roberts collected a fumble on a Bulldog kickoff return after a Wildcat touchdown in the fourth quarter.

 IN THE RANKINGS

Not only is King ranked for rushing touchdowns, he is fourth in the league with an average of 74.3 rushing yards per game while his season-long carry of 75 yards is the third-longest run of the year.

Also ranked in the GLIAC are junior Ravon Johnson (Willowbrook, Ill.) and sophomore Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.). Johnson is fifth for receiving yards per game, averaging 72.3 yards per game. Darkangelo is now second in the league for tackles per game, averaging 10.8. His 43 total tackles are the second most in the league while his 4.5 tackles for loss puts him in a tie for fifth.

  NMU VERSUS WAYNE STATE

The Wildcats defeated the Warriors 34-24 after the Wildcats scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes, including a 90-yard interception return for a touchdown by Ladd. NMU holds an 18-14 lead in the all-time series but the teams have split the last two matchups. Saturday's game will be the first game in the Superior Dome between NMU and WSU since the 2014 season, a 33-30 victory for the Wildcats.