Wildcats Host #6 Ferris State on Homecoming Saturday

Wildcats Host #6 Ferris State on Homecoming Saturday

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Football hosts another top ten team as they welcome #6 Ferris State University to the Superior Dome on Homecoming Saturday. Saturday's game begins at 4 p.m.

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Game program: http://nmuwildcats.com/sports/fball/2018-19/files/FSU_FB_Program.pdf

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  HOMECOMING FUN

As fans tailgate before Saturday's game with Ferris State, they will be able to enjoy local music and food in the parking lot. As of this time, Copper Crust and Superior Mobile Koney will have food trucks in the parking while Donckers will also be opening a booth.  Double-Trouble DJ's will be providing music with Radio Results Network also on site. Starting at 2 p.m., the Tailgate Party will begin and will also feature inflatables and yard games.

For current NMU students, Simply Superior will be set up at the tailgate and will allow students to swipe for a meal while they enjoy the tailgate.

The Homecoming Parade is also slated to begin at 2 p.m. and takes a new route this year and ends at the Tailgate Party.

At haltime of the game, the five inductees and one team selected to the Sports Hall of Fame will be honored and recognized.

Following the game, fans are invited to attend the 5th Quarter Party at the Holiday Inn.

  LAST TIME OUT

NMU Football opened Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play last week with #5 Grand Valley State University. The ranked Lakers jumped out to an early lead which proved too much for the Wildcats squad to overcome.  NMU did score right before halftime on an 11-play 89 yard scoring drive which appeared to give the Wildats momentum heading into halftime, however, the guests scored on their first drive of the second half. NMU answered with an eight play and 67-yard drive, but that would be all NMU would achieve against the top five GVSU squad.

  MAYON APPROACHES A SCHOOL RECORD

Senior Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) is approaching a school record for rushing yards in a career with 3,149 yards and is now just 693 yards away from the school record. On the season, Mayon leads the league in rushing, averaging 144.7 yards per game, which is 25 yards more than anyone else.  That mark puts him fourth in all of Division II football. He has totaled 434 yards this season and has found the end zone three times, averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

  GETTING THE FIRST DOWN

The Wildcat offense have shown to be successful at moving the ball this season as they are third in conference in total first downs. As a team, NMU has accomplished 67 first downs on the year, with 44 coming on the ground, 19 through the air and four from penalties. Their 44 rushing first downs give them the second most among the GLIAC. 

 RUNNING HARD

NMU is currently second in the conference this year in rushing. As a group, the offense has rushed for 734 yards so far, averaging 244.7 yards a game on the ground. In addition to Mayon, sophomore Latrell Giles (Chicago, Ill./Leo Catholic) is seventh in the league and is averaging 66.3 yards per game.

  GETTING THEM DOWN

Sophomore safety Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Wis.) recorded a career high 14 tackles in Saturday's game with GVSU.  For the season, he now has 22 tackles and two pass breakups.

  TAKING A LONG DRIVE

The Wildcat offense has had success on long drives this season.  The team has posted eight drives that have lasted 10 or more plays with five touchdowns to finish the drives.  On two drives, the team finished with a field goal.  On their longest drive of the year, a 90-yard drive in the opener, NMU was stopped on the one-yard line.

  NMU VERSUS FERRIS STATE.

The Bulldogs have bested the Wildcats as of late, leading the all-time series 23-15-6.  NMU enters the matchup looking for their first win over FSU since a 22-20 victory in 2010 in the Superior Dome. Ferris State is ranked sixth in the country and are averaging 600 yards of offense a game and are allowing just 13.3 points per game.  Their 600 yards of offense are first in Division II football and their 53.7 points per game are second-best nationally.