MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Football returns to the Superior Dome for Homecoming as they host Davenport University in what also serves as the team's first Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest of the year.
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| LAST WEEK
The Wildcats traveled to West Texas for their Week 2 matchup with the University of Texas of the Permian Basin on Saturday. NMU scored on their first drive of the game to make it 7-7. They then scored on each end of halftime to take a 21-20 lead. However, the Falcons took advantage in the fourth quarter and went on to take a 40-24 victory.
| MAKING AN IMPACT
Freshman running back Tyshon King (Kankakee, Mich.) has made an immediate impact in his two games with the Wildcats this season. King opened the season with 80 yards on 13 carries. He also scored a 24-yard touchdown in the contest. In the team's trip to Texas, the freshman tallied 99 yards on nine carries and crossed into the end zone twice. His 179 yards and three rushing touchdowns both lead the Wildcat running game. His 89.5 yards per game is third in the league while his three touchdowns place him in a tie for second.
| THROWING SUCCESS
Sophomore Ryan Johnson (De Pere, Wis.) finds himself ranked in the GLIAC in quarterback play. He is averaging 188.0 yards throwing per game, placing him in fourth place. He has also thrown four touchdowns, which is the second most in the league.
| TAKING THE QB DOWN
The defense came away with 27 yards lost on two sacks during Saturday's game. Early in the game, sophomore John McMullen (Kankakee, Ill.) took the UTPB quarterback down on 4th and 1 for a 19-yard loss, giving the Wildcats the ball near the 50-yard line. Later in the game, redshirt freshman Antonio Howard Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) captured the Falcons QB for an eight-yard loss.
| SCORING ON BOTH ENDS
NMU took advantage of having the last possession of the first half and the first possession of the second half by scoring 14 points in five minutes of gametime. The Wildcats took the ball 82 yards in eight plays, starting from their 18-yard line with 3:07 left in the first half. Taking advantage of a 15-yard penalty by the Falcons, NMU got down to the UTPB 1 and Johnson found junior Ravon Johnson (Willowbrook, Ill.) for the touchdown.
After halftime, NMU took a 21-20 lead by scoring four minutes into the second half. Johnson connected with Johnson for 12 yards, sophomore Connor Bruinius (Grand Rapids, Mich.) for 31 yards then sophomore Benjamin Loutsis (Aurora, Ill.) for 22 yards to set the Wildcats into the red zone. On 2nd and 10, King capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown.
| MAKING TACKLES
Sophomore Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) is averaging 10.5 tackles per game this season, placing him in a tie for second among all tacklers in the GLIAC. In the season opener with McKendree, he tallied eight tackles on the day. He followed it with 13 at UTPB, including 1.5 tackles for loss totalling a loss of five yards.
| NMU VERSUS MCKENDREE
NMU takes on Davenport for the third time on Saturday with the series tied at 1-1. NMU captured a 24-14 victory in 2017 on Homecoming Saturday in 2017. Last season, Davenport bested NMU 31-30 in overtime. The Panthers come into Saturday's game 1-0 after defeating Lake Erie 13-9 last week.