ALLENDALE, MICH. - #2 Grand Valley State claimed a 50-24 GLIAC victory Saturday evening over Northern Michigan before the second largest crowd in Lubbers Stadium history (16,236). The Lakers improve to 3-0 both overall and in GLIAC action. The Lakers will hit the road for the first time next Saturday for a 2:30 GLIAC tilt at Walsch.
The Lakers' victory over NMU was a record setter offensively. GVSU churned out 741 yards of total offense, bettering the previous all-time best of 731 yards vs. Valparaiso on Oct. 20, 1989. GVSU sophomore running back Marty Carter established a single-game rushing record with 298 yards and three TDs on 20 carries. Chris Robinson held the previous mark with 261 yards at Findlay in 2014. In addition, Carter also set a Lubbers Stadium record, bettering the mark of 256 held by John Mahan held by John Mahan in 1973.
The Lakers scored on its first six possessions, building a 30-3 halftime lead and a 37-3 lead after its first possession in the second half.
For the second consecutive game sophomore running back Marty Carter got the offense rolling as he scampered 63 yards for a TD on the Lakers' sixth offensive play to culminate an 86 yard drive that took 2:32 off the clock. Senior PK Joel Schipper hit a 22 yard field goal to up the lead to 9-0. Carter set up the field goal with a 53 yard run to the NMU 18 yard line. Carter picked up his second rushing TD of the night with a 9 yard run to paydirt with 13 seconds left in the first quarter on GVSU's third offensive drive.
Senior QB Bart Williams drove the Lakers 96 yards in five plays for a score. Carter opened the drive with an 18 yard run, followed by a 14 yard run from senior RB Terrell Dorsey. B. Williams hit junior WR Brandon Bean with an 18 yard pass and catch and Carter added a 9 yard run before B. Williams hit senior WR Matt Williams with a 37 yard TD pass. Schippers PAT upped the GVSU lead to 23-0.
Northern Michigan finally got on the board with a 7-play, 47-yard drive that resulted in a 47 yard field goal from Tyler Blackburn.
The Laker offense continued to dominate with a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive that took 4:27 off the clock. B. Williams hit Bean with a 38 yard pass on the first play and Carter then added a 19 yard run. Dorsey carried the ball the final three yards to paydirt and Schipper added the PAT for a 30-3 halftime lead.
The GVSU defense held NMU to 47 total yards on 16 plays in its first four possessions.
Northern Michigan opened the second half with an successful onside kick, however the Laker defense held the Wildcats to -3 yards on the possession and forced a punt.
B. Williams guided GVSU on a 6-play, 76-yard scoring drive in which Carter had a rush for 25 yards and B. Williams hit M. Williams with a 23 yard TD pass to give the Lakers a 37-3 lead with 10:16 left in the third quarter.
Carter went 68 yards for a TD early in the fourth quarter and Bean caught a 10 yard TD pass from B. Williams to conclude the scoring.
Northern Michigan scored 21 second half points, including the final tally as the NMU starting offense scored with 3:45 left against the Lakers' second and third defensive units.
The GVSU offense rushed for 449 yards and four TDs on 46 attempts, while passing for 292 yards and three TDs. Carter led the way with 298 yards and three TDs on 20 carries, while Dorsey chipped in 51 yards and a TD on 12 carries. Williams completed 15-of-25 passes for 292 yards and three TDs. The Lakers' receiving unit was led by M. Williams' six catches for 118 yards and two TDs. Bean added 101 yards and one TD, while junior Urston Smith caught three passes for 63 yards.
Senior LB David Talley led the defense with nine tackles, 1.5 QB sacks (-12) and 1.5 TFL (-12). Junior Collin Schlosser and senior Marquez Gollman each tallied eight tackles. Senior Sydney Omameh notched three tackles, two QB sacks (-9) and two TFL (-9).