NMU Football Falls to #17 GVSU

NMU Football Falls to #17 GVSU

MARQUETTE, Mich. --  Northern Michigan University Football hosted #17 Grand Valley State University but were unable to get past the Lakers, falling 45-17.


The Wildcats faced a 14-7 deficit but scored on their third possession to narrow the gap. After offsetting penalties, freshman Tyshon King (Kankakee, Ill.) took the ball a yard followed by a carry from junior Cullen Heimburger (Wheaton, Ill.) for six yards. King moved the ball three more yards which set the NMU offense on their 46.

On the next play, sophomore Ryan Johnson (De Pere, Wis.) found sophomore Benjamin Loutsis (Aurora, Ill.) along the sideline for a 26-yard gain to set NMU on the GVSU 28.

Sophomore Sebastion Toland (Jackson, Mich.) advanced the offense two yards then Heimburger took it six yards to move the Wildcats to the Lakers 20-yard line. Johnson then hit sophomore Connor Bruinius (Grand Rapids, Mich.) for a 16-yard gain and put NMU on the GVSU four-yard line.

The next play saw King plow into the end zone for his sixth touchdown of the season. Sophomore Daniel Riser (Ada, Mich.) put the extra point through the uprights to make it a 14-7 game with 43 seconds left in the first quarter.


The Lakers were able to take a 35-7 advantage and were driving for another score but the NMU defense came up big at the end of the half to set up a Wildcats field goal.

On 3rd and 20 for GVSU from the NMU 28, the Lakers quarterback was intercepted by junior Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Wis.) at the NMU five, who returned it 75 yards back to the GVSU 19 with 19 seconds left in the half.

Johnson took the first play and found Loutsis for seven yards, putting NMU on the Lakers 12. After a timeout, Johnson's pass to senior Ryan Knight (Grand Rapids, Mich.) fell incomplete to set up a 28-yard field goal from Riser to move the score to 35-10 at the break.


In the fourth quarter, the Lakers were up 45-10 but the NMU linebackers made big plays for a Wildcat touchdown. 

Backed up on their own 15-yard line, GVSU dropped back to pass, but senior James Brown (Menominee, Mich.) blitzed through the offensive line untouched, forcing the QB to fumble during the sack. Sophomore Jack Reiger (Hoffman Estates, Ill.) scooped up the loose ball and ran into the end zone for the first fumble recovery touchdown this season.


King led the Wildcats rushing attack with 43 yards on 13 carries.  Johnson finished with 119 yards on 15 completions with Loutsis tallying 44 yards on six catches. Bruinius added 37 yards on four receptions.

Defensively, sophomore Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) led the team with 11 tackles. He also had a tackle for loss. Hanson posted a total of six tackles and a 75-yard interception return, his third interception of the season.


The Wildcats will now enjoy a week away from action with a bye this Saturday. NMU returns to November 2 and will head to Northwood University for a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.