MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – The Northern Michigan University Football team scored two touchdowns in the first quarter, but it wouldn't be enough as the Wildcats fell to Wayne State University 27-14 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference action.
A PICK THEN SIX
The Wildcats were forced to punt on their first possession. On Wayne State's second play, NMU got the ball back. The Warriors threw a pass that was deflected, and junior Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Mich.) picked the pass off at the NMU 48-yard line and returned it 34 yards to set the Wildcats on the Wayne State 14.
Sophomore Sebastion Toland (Jackson, Mich.) used two carries and moved the team closer, gaining ten yards to put the offense on the WSU 4. Freshman Tyshon King (Kankakee, Ill.) then took the next play into the end zone for a four-yard touchdown and his fifth touchdown of the season. Sophomore Daniel Riser (Ada, Mich.) put the extra point kick through the uprights and gave NMU a 7-0 lead.
GOING FOR 99
After WSU tied the score at 7-7, NMU wasted little time to recover the lead. On the ensuing kickoff, freshman Tyquan Cox (Chicago, Ill.) took the kick 99 yards for the first kickoff return touchdown since 2016 when the Wildcats returned a kick 66 yards at Lake Erie College. It was also his first career touchdown as a Wildcat.
Wildcat Trivia: Did you know the last time NMU returned a kickoff for a touchdown was during the 2016 season?! @NMU_Football's Tyauan Cox returned this one 99 yards for a TD at the end of the 1st quarter!
In the second quarter, Hanson again picked off the Wayne State quarterback. On 1st and 10 from the WSU 24-yard line, the Warriors threw deep but Hanson was in stride with the Wayne State receiver and outjumped him for the ball, giving Hanson his second interception of the game and third for his career.
Hanson finished the day with two interceptions and nine tackles. Sophomore Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) tallied 14 sacks for a season high and tied his career high. Freshman Tavion McCarthy (Gurnee, Ill.) tallied 11 tackles.
Redshirt freshman Antonio Howard Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) and sophomore Mequon Hudson (Zion, Ill.) each finished with 1.5 tackles for loss.
Offensively, sophomore quarterback Ryan Johnson (De Pere, Wis.) finished with 138 yards. Junior receiver Ravon Johnson (Willowbrook, Ill.) finished with five catches for 37 yards. Sophomore fullback Connor Bruinius (Grand Rapids, Mich.) added three receptions and had 58 yards.
King led the rushing attack with 30 yards on six carries.
The Wildcats now hit the road for their annual matchup with rival Michigan Technological University for the Miners Cup, played in Houghton, Michigan at 1 p.m.