Scores

Final

N Illinois 14

(4-3, 3-2 MAC)

W Michigan 16

(4-2, 2-1 MAC)

2:00 PM ET, October 14, 2006

Waldo Stadium, KALAMAZOO, MI

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 7 0 0 714
WMU 0 10 3 316

Top Performers

Passing: R. Cubit (WMU) - 251 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Bonds (WMU) - 32 CAR, 98 YDS

Receiving: B. Davis (NIU) - 7 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Wolfe held to 25 rush yards on 18 carries in NIU loss

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Nate Meyer kicked three field goals and Western Michigan held the nation's leading running back to 25 yards to beat Northern Illinois 16-14 on Saturday.

Who's Afraid of Garrett Wolfe?
 Garrett Wolfe
Not the Broncos of Western Michigan, evidently. The Broncos held Wolfe, the nation's leading rusher who had been averaging 223.8 yards per game heading into this weekend, to just 25 yards on 18 carries, perhaps dooming Wolfe's chance at the Heisman Trophy. Here is how Saturday's performance ranks among the (few) lowlights of Wolfe's career.
Date Opponent Rush Yds Result
Sept. '04 Maryland 24 L, 23-20*
Oct. '06 W. Michigan 25 L, 16-14
Sept. '04 Iowa St. 33 L, 48-41*
Sept. '04 S. Illinois 45 W, 23-22*
Sept. '05 Akron 52 L, 48-42
* -- First 3 games of college career

Huskies running back Garrett Wolfe, who had been averaging 223.8 rushing yards per game, had just 3 net yards 20 minutes into the game. He finished with 25 yards on 18 carries -- an average of 1.4 yards per carry -- as his Heisman Trophy hopes were damaged.

Wolfe was held scoreless for the first time since last year.

Despite their defensive domination of Wolfe, the Broncos (4-2, 2-1 Mid-American) had to rally from a 7-0 deficit.

Meyer made three of his four field-goal tries, including a 40-yarder with 5:18 left that gave Western Michigan a 16-7 lead. Western's only touchdown came on a 2-yard scoring pass from Ryan Cubit to redshirt freshman Matt Stevens. It was Stevens' first career catch.

Northern Illinois (4-3, 3-2) lost to the Broncos for the first time since 2000.

Cubit tied a career high with 29 completions in 44 throws and was intercepted once.

Until the Huskies' Britt Davis caught a 31-yard TD pass from Phil Horvath with 1:19 left, their only score came on a blocked punt recovered by Jarret Carter in the end zone in the first quarter.

Wolfe caught five passes for 31 yards, but his difficulty in the rushing game was glaring.

The 25 yards were his lowest rushing total since running for 24 against Maryland in his 2004 college debut. Until Saturday, he had 11 consecutive 100-yard games and 11 consecutive games in which he scored a touchdown.

Overall, the Huskies had zero net rushing yards. The Broncos totaled 129 rushing yards, led by Mark Bonds' 98, and nearly doubled Northern Illinois' play total, 84-47.

The Huskies' 157 offensive yards marked its first sub-200 yard total in nearly two years.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
WMU
1st Downs1021
Total Yards157380
Passing157251
Rushing0129
Penalties3-217-59
3rd Down Conversions4-1212-22
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers31
Possession21:1238:48

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Horvath14/251576.313-
Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Cubit29/442515.711-

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wolfe18251.408
Horvath4-25-6.301
Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bonds32983.107
West6223.7011

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis78912.7131
Wolfe5316.2012
Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Chapple8536.6016
Bonds4317.8014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUWMU
TD10:24JARRET CARTER 0 YD BLOCKED PUNT RETURN (CHRIS NENDICK KICK)70
SECOND QUARTERNIUWMU
FG11:39NATE MEYER 20 YD FG
Drive info: 15 plays, 64 yards.
73
TD3:34MATT STEVENS 2 YD PASS FROM RYAN CUBIT (NATE MEYER KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 73 yards.
710
THIRD QUARTERNIUWMU
FG7:45NATE MEYER 39 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 45 yards.
713
FOURTH QUARTERNIUWMU
FG3:25NATE MEYER 40 YD FG
Drive info: 9 plays, 30 yards.
716
TD1:19BRITT DAVIS 31 YD PASS FROM PHIL HORVATH (CHRIS NENDICK KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
1416