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Wildcats try to brighten dark football road

MARQUETTE – After all their recent success at home, the Northern Michigan University football team takes a turn on the road this weekend – a place that has been none too kind to the Wildcats the past two seasons.

NMU travels to Detroit to face GLIAC foe Wayne State on Saturday trying to end a seven-game losing streak away from Marquette.

That includes two previous games this season, a 24-23 setback at Michigan Tech on Sept. 26 and 20-7 loss in the season opener at Northwood on Sept. 5.

Home has been just about as sweet to the Wildcats as the road has been sour.

The home win streak continued on Saturday with a 41-13 thrashing of Malone that marked the Wildcats’ fifth consecutive win at the Superior Dome, four of them contributing to their 4-2 overall record this season.

One thing working in Northern’s favor this weekend are the struggles of the Warriors, who are 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the GLIAC and on a three-game losing streak.

NMU is tied with Northwood for fourth among eight teams in the GLIAC North at 3-2.

Last year, NMU edged Wayne State 33-30 in Marquette when Northern’s Ryan LaBerge kicked a 24-yard field goal with 22 seconds remaining and Loran Jaddou picked off a Carl Roscoe pass on WSU’s final drive to ice the win.

Last week, the Wildcats scored touchdowns on each of their first three possessions to zip past Malone and build a 31-3 halftime lead.

Northern continues to have several GLIAC leaders, with LJ Liston best in the league and 11th in NCAA Division II in tackles per game with 12.4.

Tucker is third in receiving yards per game with 85.2 and tied for fourth in the GLIAC in receiving TDs with five, while Brown is tied for third in TDs with 13 and fourth in passing yards per game with 263.5.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.