Dome Sweet Dome: Wolves End 2023 Going 1-0

Marquette, MI ( – The Northern State University football team closed out their 2023 campaign with a dominating victory over Northern Michigan on the road. The Wolves racked up 486 yards of total offense in the win with six touchdowns, including a 88-yard kick return by Hank Kraft.
Final Score: NSU 44, NMU 20
Records: NSU 5-6, NMU 0-11
Attendance: 2101
  • The Wolves tallied 14 points in both the first and third quarters, and added 16 in the second; while the Wildcats notched sic in the second and seven in both the third and fourth
  • Northern’s dynamic duo gave NSU a 14-0 lead through the first on a 22-yard receiving score by Dakota Larson and 47-yarder by Dewaylon Ingram; both served up by Jacob Van Landingham
  • NSU kicked off the second with a safety and Ingram followed that with his second touchdown of the afternoon, a 12-yard reception
  • Northern Michigan broke through with a field goal at 7:07, however Northern was not finished inn the half as Van Landingham recorded his fourth touchdown of the afternoon, a 24-yard pass to Hunter DeRize
  • The Wildcats closed out the half with their second field goal and Northern State led 30-6
  • Hank Kraft tallied both touchdowns for the Wolves in the third, kicked off by an 88-yard kick return and score to open the half
  • Less then four minutes later, Kraft rushed 49-yards to the endzone for his second score of the day and the Wolves final touchdown of the game
  • NMU added two more touchdowns in the game, one in the third and one in the fourth, however it was not enough to bring the game within reach
  • Northern State recorded a game leading 22 first downs, 186 yards rushing, 300 yards passing, and 486 yards of total offense; they averaged 14.3 yards per completion and 5.2 yards per rush
  • The Wolves defense recorded three interceptions by Lynden Williams, Jake Adams, and Donovan McConnell, as well as two sacks
  • In addition, NSU held NMU to just 37 yards rushing in the game, a season low for the Wolves in 2023
  • Van Landingham completed 20-of-30 attempts for 290 yards and four touchdowns
  • Kraft led the rushers with 79 yards, followed by Brett Brenton with 71
  • Larson tallied his third 100-plus yard game of 2023, racking up 157 total yards with one touchdown
  • As has been the trend to close out the season, Jake Adams led the defense with a career high 15 tackles, including 11 solo stops, one fumble recovery, and one interception
  • William Berry and Jakob Desmet added the two sacks for a total of 14 lost yards by the Wildcats
  • Drew Smook went 6-for-6 in point after attempts and recorded 366 kickoff yards
  • Jacob Van Landingham: 290 yds passing, 11 yds rushing, 4 touchdowns
  • Hank Kraft: 79 yds rushing, 2 touchdowns, 88 kick return yds
  • Dakota Larson: 157 yds, 1 touchdown
  • Jake Adams: 15 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception
  • With his 69 yards receiving Dewaylon Ingram broke his own single season school record for receiving yards with 1,204 in 2023
  • Ingram finishes his career third all-time in receiving yards and second all-time in receiving touchdowns
  • Larson closes out his career as the Northern State school record holder with 3,654 receiving yards and 31 receiving touchdowns

Check out the AUDIO HIGHLIGHTS from the 44-20 win, with the ‘voice of the Wolves’ David Tukesbrey, HERE: