Scores

Final

N Illinois 26

(0-2, 0-1 MAC)

W Michigan 29

(1-1, 1-0 MAC)

7:00 PM ET, September 6, 2008

Waldo Stadium, KALAMAZOO, MI

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 7 3 3 1326
WMU 7 7 0 1529

Top Performers

Passing: T. Hiller (WMU) - 186 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: B. West (WMU) - 25 CAR, 175 YDS

Receiving: J. Simmons (WMU) - 8 REC, 102 YDS, 1 TD

W. Michigan 29, N. Illinois 26

Associated Press

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Tim Hiller ran for a touchdown and threw for another in a 3:06 span of the fourth quarter, leading Western Michigan past Northern Illinois 29-26 on Saturday night.

Hiller finished 21-of-30 with three TDs and 186 yards passing with no interceptions for the Broncos (1-1, 1-0 Mid-American). He rushed for just 11 yards, but his 5-yard TD carry with 10:05 left put Western ahead for good, 20-19.

Hiller followed with a 2-point conversion pass to Juan Nunez before connecting with Austin Pritchard, normally a linebacker, on a 1-yard TD.

Dan Nicholson threw for 239 yards and a touchdown for Northern Illinois (0-2, 0-1) in relief of Chandler Harnish, a freshman who threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns in his debut last week at Minnesota. Harnish threw for 58 yards in the Huskies' opening drive Saturday before leaving the game with a foot injury in the first quarter.

A third Northern Illinois quarterback, DeMarcus Grady, ran for 43 yards and a TD.

Brandon West ran for a career-high 175 yards, including 141 in the second half, for Western Michigan. Hamarko Simmons caught 8 passes for 102 yards and preserved the Broncos' victory by recovering an onside kick with 33 seconds left to play.

Defensive end Zach Davidson had two of Western Michigan's four sacks.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
WMU
1st Downs2319
Total Yards439384
Passing297186
Rushing142198
Penalties7-605-45
3rd Down Conversions7-153-10
4th Down Conversions1-31-2
Turnovers22
Possession34:2025:40

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nicholson16/292398.211
Western MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Hiller21/301866.230

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown13544.2126
Grady7436.1114
Western MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
West251757.0027
Thompson11212.005

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Palmer47819.5031
Perez67712.8034
Western MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simmons810212.8126
Nunez4328.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUWMU
TD11:33Me'Co Brown 26 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 70
TD03:02Jamarko Simmons 26 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (John Potter Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERNIUWMU
TD13:54Brandon West 7 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (John Potter Kick) 714
FG01:16Mike Salerno 20 Yd 1014
THIRD QUARTERNIUWMU
FG11:17Mike Salerno 39 Yd 1314
FOURTH QUARTERNIUWMU
TD14:17Demarcus Grady 3 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1914
TD10:05Tim Hiller 5 Yd Run (Tim Hiller Pass To Juan Nunez For Two-Point Conversion) 1922
TD06:59Austin Pritchard 1 Yd Pass From Tim Hiller (John Potter Kick) 1929
TD00:40Greg Turner 16 Yd Pass From Dan Nicholson (Mike Salerno Kick) 2629