MARQUETTE - The Miner's Cup will return to Houghton after Michigan Tech defeated Northern Michigan 41-17 in GLIAC football at the Superior Dome.
The Huskies (4-1 overall and 4-1 in the GLIAC) scored the first 34 points of the game and held off a second-half surge by the Wildcats (1-5 overall, 0-5 GLIAC) to claim the rivalry trophy for the eighth time in its 11-year existence.
"We played a good game," said head coach Tom Kearly. "I thought our defense did a good job taking away their ability to run, and our offense hit some big plays."
Tech iced its third straight win in the series with a 12-yard blocked punt return touchdown from Nelson Wienke (Kingsford).
Tech quarterback Tyler Scarlett completed 19-of-36 passes for 275 yards, with tight end Bryan LaChapelle (Crystal Falls) making six catches for 35 yards.
"We played a really good football team today and made some early mistakes
that will hurt any team," NMU coach Chris Ostrowsky said.
Michigan Tech will return home for its annual homecoming game Saturday at noon (Central time) against Northwood. NMU nationally-ranked Grand Valley State, with "Band Day" kick-off at noon at the Superior Dome.