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Wildcats look for 3rd straight home football win

MARQUETTE – The Northern Michigan football team will look for its third straight home victory this season at the Superior Dome when the Wildcats host Saginaw Valley State at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Northern is 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the GLIAC, posting home wins over Quincy, 31-14 on Sept. 12, and Hillsdale, 32-24 on Sept. 19. The Wildcats haven’t won three in a row at home since 2010 when they defeated Findlay, Ashland and Ferris State to open that season in the Superior Dome.

Last weekend, Northern lost a heartbreaking 24-23 decision to Michigan Tech in Houghton on Saturday evening.

The Huskies are ranked No. 15 and No. 21 in a pair of national NCAA Division II polls after scoring a late touchdown and blocking the Wildcats’ game-winning field goal try as time expired to take the 14th annual Miner’s Cup game.

NMU roared back from an early deficit with 20 unanswered points in the middle two quarters to take a 10-point lead as quarterback Shaye Brown passed for 299 yards on 24 of 32 completions, finding Keyondre Craig for 144 yards in catches.

L.J. Liston had 15 tackles and Julian Hornback 10 to lead the Wildcats’ defense, which also pulled off an interception return for a touchdown by Brandon Auguste in the third quarter.

Statistically in the GLIAC, NMU appears four times in top-five rankings :

Senior co-captain Marcus Tucker leads the league in receiving yards per game with 113.3 and is 11th in Division II in that same category;

Even better is Liston, first in the GLIAC and tied for fifth in Division II in tackles per game with 13.5;

Brown, a junior, is fourth in the GLIAC in passing yards per game with 292.5;

and the Wildcats as a team are second in the GLIAC giving up just 20.5 points per game.