MARQUETTE, Mich. – After facing three-straight undefeated teams, Northern Michigan University Football seeks a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory inside the Superior Dome as the Wildcats invite Northwood University Saturday at 1 p.m. The game features the football team's Tackling Hunger initiative and is also being played on Family Day.
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| TACKLING HUNGER
The NMU Football team is hosting their first-ever food drive to benefit the NMU Food Pantry during Saturday's contest with the Timberwolves. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the game where there will be dropoff locations near entrances inside the Dome. For those who can't make it to the game but still would like to donate, there will be drop boxes at Tadych's Econo Foods, Super One Foods in Marquette, and Valle's Village Market from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m.
| TAILGATING FUN
As part of the buildup prior to Saturday's game, local food will again be in the parking lot to allow fans an opportunity to eat before the game. As of this time, the Copper Crust food truck will be serving food for purchase while Radio Results Network will also be on site.
| LAST TIME OUT
NMU visited the nation's top-ranked defense of Davenport University and put up 30 points against the Panthers but a two-point conversion attempt in overtime fell incomplete and the Wildcats fell 31-30.
| MAYON APPROACHES A SCHOOL RECORD
Senior Jake Mayon (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield East) is approaching a school record for rushing yards in a career as he has 3,293 yards and is just 549 yards away from the school record. Despite playing three of the league's top defenses, Mayon is still leading the league in rushing, averaging 115.6 yards per game and is second with six touchdowns. Through five games, he has rushed for 578 yards with six touchdowns.
| SCOOP AND SCORE
The NMU special team defense came up with some big plays in Saturday's game, and one resulted in a touchdown for the Wildcats. In the third quarter, NMU forced Davenport into a punt from their side of the field. A bad snap resulted in a fumble by the DU punter which senior Alex Hamilton (Chesterfield, Mich./Anchor Bay) scooped up and ran 33 yards into the end zone for the first touchdown of his career.
| BLOCK THAT KICK - TWICE
The special teams also blocked two kicks. Early in the third quarter, NMU took a 10-3 lead but the hosts answered with touchdown to pull within 10-9. On the extra point attempt, senior Terrell Johnson (Maywood, Ill./Montini Catholic) got through and blocked it. With Davenport set to kick a game-winning field goal at the end of the fourth quarter, redshirt freshman Trevor Roberts (Kingsford, Mich.) broke through and blocked the attempt to send the game into overtime.
| TAKING A LONG DRIVE
The Wildcats opened the game by scoring a touchdown on their first drive. The opening drive started from the NMU nine-yard line and 16 plays later, sophomore Latrell Giles (Chicago, Ill./Leo Catholic) plunged into the end zone to cap the 91-yard, 9:57 drive. The nearly ten minute drive was the longest drive of the season for the Wildcats.
| GETTING TACKLES
Sophomore Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Wis.) recorded 11 tackles in Saturday game, marking the third straight-game he posted double-figure tackles for the NMU defense. Hanson notched a career-high 14 tackles against Grand Valley State University, then followed it with back-to-back weeks of 11 tackles. He has also tallied a forced fumble and two pass breakups this season.
| NMU VERSUS NORTHWOOD
NMU holds a 26-11 advantage in the all time series with Northwood, but the Timberwolves have won three of the last four. Last season, Jake Mayon scored on a 75-yard run to give NMU a late 21-17 lead with 3:30 to play, but NU went 65 yards in 2:38 to connect on a 12-yard TD pass to win 24-17. NU is currently 0-5 on the season and 0-3 in the GLIAC. The Timberwolves opened GLIAC play with Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and Ashland University.