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Northern Michigan University junior Tyshon King blasts his way near the sideline for a win while being tackled by a McKendree defender during their Sept. 1 game at the Superior Dome in Marquette. (Photo courtesy of NMU)

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University football team looks for redemption today against NCAA Division III powerhouse Wisconsin-Oshkosh after losing in overtime to open the season at home in the Superior Dome ago nine days.

The Wildcats remain at home for today’s game at 1 p.m. against the Titans, who beat NMU 28-10 also at Marquette almost exactly a year ago.

Last week on Thursday (September 1), North senior kicker Daniel Riser threw a 42-yard field goal with 50 seconds left to tie the score 24-24 and force OT.

McKendree got the ball first in the extra period and walked for a touchdown on fourth down. The NMU defense had stifled the visitors three times after going first and goal at the 1-yard line.

Needing to respond with a TD and an extra run, the Wildcats lost 15 yards on a 3rd-and-1 play of 6 and couldn’t convert on a long fourth down to end the game.

NMU junior quarterback Drake Davis completed 20 of 31 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns while his top receiver was junior running back Tyshon King, who had nine receptions for 94 yards.

Northern, who finished with a relatively narrow 456-414 advantage in total yards, had a huge rushing advantage after rushing for 256 yards. Davis led the offense in running with 90 yards on 12 carries, although senior fullback Deandre Caldwell had 86 yards on nine tries and King 51 yards on 11 carries.

Caldwell ripped off a 63-yard run early in the second quarter that set up the Wildcats’ second touchdown.

NMU’s touchdowns were scored by junior tight end Cameron White on a 5-yard reception in the closing seconds of the first quarter, sophomore wide receiver Wyatt Davis on a 6-yard catch minutes later at the start of the second period, and King on a 2-yard run just over four minutes into the second half.

King’s TD put Northern ahead 21-17, their only lead of the match.

On defense, senior linebacker Me’quon Hudson and sophomore linebacker Justin Peake led the Wildcats with 11 tackles apiece. Hudson had eight solo tackles and Peake had four.

Peake accounted for 1 1/2 of NMU’s three QB sacks, with freshman lineman Jhermari Mabry getting a full sack and senior lineman John McMullen getting a half sack.

Additionally, senior safety DJ Hutcherson made an interception – the game’s only turnover – which he returned 35 yards out, setting up NMU’s first-quarter TD.

While Northern committed no turnovers, the Wildcats were penalized 105 yards on 12 flags.

Information compiled by Journal Sports editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is [email protected]



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