Sponsored - Northern Michigan University Football scored a touchdown in the final two minutes but it wasn't enough as the Wildcats fell to Davenport University 21-7 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference season opener.
A LATE SCORE
Taking over at their 44-yard line with 2:15 to play in the game, sophomore quarterback Ryan Johnson (De Pere, Wis.) hit senior wide receiver Ryan Knight (Grand Rapids, Mich.) for 26 yards to move the Wildcat offense to the Davenport 30. On the next play, Johnson found junior receiver Ravon Johnson (Willowbrook, Ill.) for 22 yards to move NMU inside the 10.
Check out this catch from @NMU_Football's Ravon Johnson setting up a FIRST AND GOAL!#NMUwildcats #ShareNMU pic.twitter.com/OouQZY3sA5
— NMU Athletics (@NMU_Wildcats) September 21, 2019
On 2nd and Goal from the DU eight-yard line, the Panthers were called for pass interference which put NMU on the two-yard line. Another DU penalty moved the Wildcats up to the one. On the next play, freshman running back Tyshon King (Kankakee, Ill.) punched the ball into the end zone for his fourth touchdown this season. Sophomore kicker Daniel Riser (Ada, Mich.) put in the extra point to move NMU to seven points.
However, the onside kick went out of bounds, setting up Davenport on the NMU 48. The Wildcats stopped DU on fourth down to get the ball back with 19 seconds but were unable to score, giving the visitors a 21-7 victory.
King paced the Wildcat rushing attack with 63 yards and a touchdown. Junior running back Deandre Caldwell (Kankakee, Ill.) added 25 yards.
Johnson finished the game with 154 yards through the air, with a long of 42 yards to Ravon Johnson, who caught four passes and gained 102 yards on the day.
Redshirt freshman defensive back Antonio Howard Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) led the defense with 11 tackles, including a tackle for loss. Sophomore linebacker Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) added nine tackles with three being for a loss, and a sack for five yards.
Seniors defensive back Demarious Wright (Delray Beach, Fla.) and defensive lineman Logan McHone (Pleasanton, Calif.), along with sophomore defensive back Anthony Ladd (Columbus, Ohio) all had five tackles. Ladd also finished with a tackle for loss and a pass break up.
Sophomore defensive lineman Mequon Hudson (Zion, Ill.) recorded a nine-yard sack while junior defensive back Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Wis.) had two pass breakups and junior linebacker Austin Potter (Warren, Mich.) had one.
The Wildcats fell to 1-2 this season and 1-0 in the league with Davenport improving to 2-0, 1-0 in the GLIAC. NMU will now turn their attention to #2 Ferris State University as they visit the Bulldogs next Saturday.