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NMU looks to stay unbeaten at home

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan University football team will try to extend its home winning streak to six this weekend when it takes on Ashland (Ohio) Saturday.

Game time is 1 p.m. at the Superior Dome in Marquete.

The last time the Wildcats played Ashland, NMU got blown out 44-14 on the road. The Eagles are currently on a four-game winning streak against NMU.

Ashland (7-0) is ranked No. 8 in the country, and is known for having a balanced offensive attack.

Quarterback Travis Tarnowski is fourth in the GLIAC with 271.7 yards passing per game and tied for third with 17 touchdowns.

Running back Vance Settlemire is second in the conference in rushing yards per game with 111.7.

The Eagles are also talented defensively. Ashland is second in the GLIAC in points per game, given up 20.4, and are good defending against the pass and the run.

The Eagles’ secondary has racked up 10 interceptions, which is tied for the conference lead.

The Wildcats (4-3, 3-3 GLIAC) are coming off of a disappointing loss to Wayne State last weekend.

NMU led the Warriors by 11 going into the fourth quarter, but gave up 14 points in the final frame – including the winning touchdown with 36 seconds left – to lose, 34-31 loss.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg.