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Sunday, September 09, 2007

Marquette Mining Journal: Hillsdale - NMU Story

Bossuah sets mark in 42-41 GLIAC loss
Wildcats trimmed

By KYLE WHITNEY Journal Correspondent

MARQUETTE — Although the somber after-game mood at the Superior Dome didn’t reflect it, a 16-year Northern Michigan University football record fell Saturday when Wildcat running back Mark Bossuah lit up the visiting Hillsdale Chargers for 317 rushing yards.

Despite the offensive explosion, however, the Wildcats (0-2 overall, 0-2 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) fell, 42-41.

“It was a very big day for us,” Bossuah said. “It was our home opener and we came out and we executed. The offensive line played great, the fullbacks played great and we did a pretty good job. We just came up short.”

Bossuah, who finished the day with 35 carries, one touchdown and 9.1 yards per run, broke a record set in 1991 by former NMU running back Nelson Edmonds.

Despite the fact he was the leading rusher for NMU last season, Bossuah finished the year with just 428 total rushing yards. As a team, the Wildcats were able to muster just 948 rushing yards during all of last season.

“They were creating seams for him,” Hillsdale head coach Keith Otterbein said of Bossuah’s performance. “We had a couple injuries, so we didn’t have our top guys in there. But I’m not going to say that’s the reason that he had 317 yards. He had 317 yards because they blocked real well and he ran real well.”

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