Wildcats rally falls short against Angelo State

MARQUETTE — It wasn’t exactly David versus Goliath, but the Northern Michigan football team held their home opener Saturday at the Superior Dome against D2 powerhouse Angelo State. After a lethargic first half, the Wildcats rallied in a big way, but couldn’t seal the deal.

NMU fell to the Rams 47–41 in triple overtime. The Wildcats were down by two scores at the half, but the offense woke up and a Tyler Blackburn field goal with no time left in the fourth sent the game into overtime, where NMU could not hold on for the win. Afterwards, the team talked about another close defeat.

“No matter who we play, we got to play our football. It’s a tough loss and they were a great opponent. There’s no doubt about that. But we’re also a great football team and I think we got a lot to build on. We’ll take this and run with it and we’ll see what happens,” said cornerback Julian Hornback.

“I just hope that people start opening their eyes a little bit. This isn’t going to be somewhere you’re just going to come in and walk through us. We’re a good football team and hopefully we pull it out next week at Grand Valley,” kicker Tyler Blackburn said.

“I want to win. We’ve really hard here to win. We’ve recruited the right way. We’ve got really good young men in this program and they deserve to win. 1–1 is 1–1. It doesn’t matter to me if we lost by 50 or lost in triple overtime. We should be sitting at 2–0 and we’re not,” said head coach Chris Ostrowsky.

Wildcats will be back in action next week in Allendale as they take on Grand Valley State.