Scores

Final

N Illinois 37

(2-2, 1-1 MAC)

E Michigan 0

(1-4, 0-2 MAC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, September 27, 2008

Rynearson Stadium, Ypsilanti, MI

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 14 7 7 937
EMU 0 0 0 00

Top Performers

Passing: D. Nicholson (NIU) - 92 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: M. Brown (NIU) - 17 CAR, 111 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Stone (EMU) - 9 REC, 98 YDS

N. Illinois 37, E. Michigan 0

Associated Press

YPSILANTI, Mich. -- Me'Co Brown rushed for a career-high 111 yards and a touchdown and Northern Illinois held Eastern Michigan to 259 offensive yards in a 37-0 victory Saturday.

The Huskies (2-2, 1-1 Mid-American) got a 26-yard scoring run from Brown on their second possession and never looked back. The true freshman, Northern Illinois' leader in all-purpose and rushing yards, left the game early in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury.

The Eagles (1-4, 0-2) lost starting quarterback Kyle McMahon to a shoulder injury early in the game. He and backup Andy Schmitt each threw first-quarter interceptions and the latter's set up the Huskies' second touchdown, a 9-yard run by DeMarcus Grady. Marcus Perez later added a two-yard touchdown run to give Northern Illinois a 21-0 halftime lead.

The Huskies outgained the Eagles 235-119 on the ground, converted nine of their 13 third-down attempts and let Eastern convert just five of 15 third-down opportunities.

Eastern Michigan drove deep into Northern Illinois territory late in the first half but the drive came up empty after Joe Carithers missed a 47-yard field goal. Four drives ended with failed attempts on fourth down and D.J. Pirkle sacked Schmitt in the end zone late in the game for a safety.

Dan Nicholson was 11-for-15 for 92 yards for the Huskies, including a 4-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Skarb early in the second half. Justin Anderson added an 8-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
EMU
1st Downs2119
Total Yards339259
Passing104140
Rushing235119
Penalties5-503-28
3rd Down Conversions9-145-15
4th Down Conversions0-02-6
Turnovers02
Possession31:5928:01

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nicholson11/15926.110
Eastern MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Schmitt21/371403.801

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown171116.5126
Anderson7375.318
Eastern MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
McMahon23216.0022
Blevins9313.409

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cunningham24623.0028
Turner5244.8011
Eastern MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stone99810.9017
Jones3144.708

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUEMU
TD02:42Me'Co Brown 26 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 70
TD00:49Demarcus Grady 9 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERNIUEMU
TD07:23Marcus Perez 2 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 210
THIRD QUARTERNIUEMU
TD09:21Kyle Skarb 4 Yd Pass From Dan Nicholson (Mike Salerno Kick) 280
FOURTH QUARTERNIUEMU
TD09:27Justin Anderson 8 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 350
SF01:29Jason Williams Tackled By D.J. Pirkle In End Zone 370