Wildcats Drop GLIAC Game at Michigan Tech

Wildcats Drop GLIAC Game at Michigan Tech

HOUGHTON, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Football team visited Michigan Technological University in a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup between rivals for the Miner's Cup but the Wildcats were unable to get the victory, falling 24-20.


Facing a 10-3 deficit in the second quarter, the Wildcats drove the ball 36 yards in eight plays to get their first score of the game. Starting on the NMU 41-yard line, freshman Tyshon King (Kankakee, Ill.) used three carries and moved the ball 23 yards, followed by sophomore Sebastion Toland (Jackson, Mich.) moving it up to the Michigan Tech 26. After a loss, King carried it 12 yards to the MTU 18. A penalty moved the Wildcats back, but sophomore Daniel Riser (Ada, Mich.) put a 40-yard field goal through the uprights to narrow the gap to 10-3 with 10:33 left in the second quarter.


Junior Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Mich.) helped get the Wildcats the ball back quickly, forcing the Tech ball carrier to fumble on their first play from scrimmage, allowing redshirt freshman Antonio Howard Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) to recover on the MTU 37-yard line.

Sophomore quarterback Ryan Johnson (De Pere, Wis.) hit junior Ravon Johnson (Willowbrook, Ill.) for a five-yard reception which King followed with a carry for nine yards and a first down. After Toland moved the ball up two yards, King used three more carries to advance NMU to the Tech nine. After in incompletion brought up 4th and 7, Riser connected on the 26-yard field goal moving the Wildcats closer, making it 10-6 with 6:25 left in the half.


Once again the defense came up big, forcing a three and out and a Tech punt which senior Ryan Knight (Grand Rapids, Mich.) fair caught at the MTU 40. Toland took the first two carries 10 yards, then King rushed for three yards to put NMU at 2nd and 7 on the MTU 27-yard line.

On the next play, Ryan Johnson found Ravon Johnson in the end zone. Riser added the extra point and the Wildcats had a 13-10 lead with less than three minutes remaining in the half.


On the next Tech possession, Hanson was credited with his second forced fumble of the game on Tech's second play which Howard Jr. recovered to give NMU back the ball again in Tech territory. However, the Wildcats were unable to get anything going and gave Tech the ball back after a missed 47-yard field goal attempt that was missed wide.


Facing a 17-13 deficit in the third quarter, the Wildcats faced a 3rd and 14 from their own 25-yard line. Johnson was able to connect with King, who was able to weave his way through the Tech defense to give NMU a 75-yard touchdown reception. After Riser made the extra point, NMU was leading 20-17. 


The Huskies fumbled again, this time on their second possession of the third quarter. With the ball on the NMU 15, Tech was dropped for a loss of four yards and fumbled in the process, with sophomore Jacob Dudeck (Manhattan, Ill.) recovering the ball.

Later in the fourth quarter, the Huskies had moved the ball into NMU territory. With 1st and 10 from the NMU 25, MTU was able to rush for 16 yards but sophomore Anthony Ladd (Columbus, Ohio) striped the ball carrier at the nine-yard line to give the Wildcats back the ball.

In total, the Wildcats finished the game with four fumble recoveries and a fifth was wiped out due to penalty.


King finished the day with 25 carries for 114 yards and added 75 yards receiving to finish with 189 yards from scrimmage. Toland added 27 yards rushing while Ravon Johnson had two catches for 32 yards. Knight chipped in with two catches for 31 yards. Ryan Johnson recorded 158 yards through the air with two touchdowns.


Howard Jr. led the defense with 13 tackles along with two fumble recoveries and three pass breakups. Hanson contributed 10 tackles along with his two forced fumbles.

Ladd aided the effort with eight tackles and added a forced fumble, fumble recovery and pass breakup.


The Wildcats will now return to the Superior Dome to take on Grand Valley State University in another Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.