NMU Football Heads to Michigan Tech for Miner's Cup

NMU Football Heads to Michigan Tech for Miner's Cup

MARQUETTE, Mich. – Northern Michigan University Football heads to Michigan Technological University on Saturday to play for the Miner's Cup in a clash of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rivals.

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

The game will be broadcast nationally on the GLIAC's Facebook page, the DII Facebook page and the DII Twitter page as well as the NMU Athletics Facebook page. Local audiences will be able to view the game on TV6 as well. 

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LIVE STATS: http://www.nmuwildcats.com/sports/fball/2019-20/boxscores/20191012_yw2o.xml

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  LAST WEEK

The Wildcats hosted Wayne State University last week for GLIAC action and scored two first quarter touchdowns but were unable to capture victory as the Wildcats fell 27-14. NMU posted two interceptions in the game, and also returned a kickoff for a touchdown to highlight the day.

  GLIAC POTW

Freshman Tyquan Cox (Chicago, Ill.) gave NMU their first kickoff return touchdown in three seasons when he took a Wayne State kickoff 99 yards for the first kick return TD since the 2016 season. His efforts from the game earned him GLIAC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. He finished the game with three returns for 145 yards.

  PICK HIM OFF

For the second time this season, the NMU defense forced two interceptions in a game. The team now has four interceptions after posting just two last season. Against the Warriors, junior Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Wis.) recorded both interceptions.

In the first quarter, Hanson picked off the Wayne State QB and brought it back 38 yards to put the NMU offense on the Wayne State 14, leading the game's first touchdown. He later beat the the Wayne State receiver to the ball on a deep pass to record his second interception of the game. Hanson now has three interceptions for his career.

He added 10 tackles to his day against the Warriors. For the season, the junior has a team-high five pass breakups and is second on the team with 7.2 tackles per game. He also has forced a fumble and blocked kick.

 FINDING THE END ZONE

Freshman Tyshon King (Kankakee, Ill.) has scored five touchdowns this season to lead the Wildcat rushing attack. That number places him among the top rushers in the league as he is tied for fourth in the GLIAC for rushing touchdowns.

 THE PASSING GAME

Sophomore quarterback Ryan Johnson (De Pere, Wis.) has been one of the more prolific passers in the GLIAC this season. His 165.0 passing yards per game place him fourth in the league while his five touchdown passes puts him in a tie for second.

Among receivers, junior Ravon Johnson (Willowbrook, Ill.) is third in the conference for receiving yards with 65.2 yards per game

  NMU VERSUS MICHIGAN TECH

The all-time series dates back to 1920 and Saturday's matchup will be the 92nd meeting. The Wildcats hold the longest winning streak in the series, winning each matchup from 1956 through the 2000 season.  The winner of the annual matchup also takes home the Miner's Cup.  The Huskies are 2-2 on the season and did not play this past Saturday. MTU won their first two games but are seeking their first win of GLIAC play, falling to Saginaw Valley State University and Grand Valley State University. Against the common opponent of McKendree University, the Wildcats defeated the Bearcats 30-9 while Tech also bested McKendree, 24-19.