Scores

Final/OT

Cent Michigan 33

(8-2, 6-0 MAC)

N Illinois 30

(5-5, 4-3 MAC)

8:00 PM ET, November 12, 2008

Huskie Stadium, DEKALB, IL

1 2 3 4 OT T
CMU 3 20 7 0 333
NIU 0 3 11 16 030

Top Performers

Passing: D. LeFevour (CMU) - 189 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. LeFevour (CMU) - 29 CAR, 121 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Simon (NIU) - 6 REC, 131 YDS

Central Michigan blows 24-point lead but beats Northern Illinois in overtime

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- Andrew Aguila kicked a 40-yard field goal in overtime to lift Central Michigan to a 33-30 victory over Northern Illinois on Wednesday night.

The Huskies rallied from a 24-point deficit over the final 16 minutes to force the overtime.

The Chippewas (8-2, 6-0 Mid-American Conference) dominated most of the first three quarters as Dan LeFevour threw two touchdown passes and rushed for two to help build the 30-6 lead. LeFevour was 19-of-26 for 189 yards and rushed for 137 yards on 29 carries.

Running back Chad Spann scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards in the fourth quarter for Northern Illinois (5-5, 4-3), while Mike Salerno kicked a 25-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in regulation to tie the game.

The Huskies had the first overtime possession, but Chandler Harnish was intercepted by cornerback Josh Gordy.

The Huskies broke a 43-minute touchdown drought when Harnish scored on a 2-yard run with 1:25 left in the third quarter. Northern Illinois then recovered an onside kick and trimmed Central Michigan's lead to 30-20 with 13:44 left in the fourth quarter.

Harnish added a 3-yard TD run with 7:38 left in the fourth.

LeFevour threw second-quarter touchdowns to Antonio Brown (25 yards) and Ontario Sneed (27 yards). He also scored on a 1-yard run with 40 seconds left in the half and added an 8-yard scoring run with 5:36 left in the third.

Brown caught seven passes for 50 yards. Harnish was 18-of-36 for 288 yards while Matt Simon caught six passes for 131 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CMU
NIU
1st Downs2819
Total Yards430368
Passing189288
Rushing24180
Penalties4-405-45
3rd Down Conversions9-153-15
4th Down Conversions1-13-3
Turnovers12
Possession29:2430:36

Passing Leaders

Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
LeFevour19/261897.320
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish18/362888.002

Rushing Leaders

Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
LeFevour291214.2221
Sneed11605.5017
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harnish17311.8110
Perez12020.0020

Receiving Leaders

Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown7507.1125
Anderson23316.5017
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simon613121.8030
Perez36120.3039

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCMUNIU
FG08:31Andrew Aguila 33 Yd 30
SECOND QUARTERCMUNIU
TD13:34Antonio Brown 25 Yd Pass From Dan LeFevour. (Andrew Aguila Kick) 100
TD12:10Ontario Sneed 27 Yd Pass From Dan LeFevour. (Andrew Aguila Kick) 170
FG10:13Mike Salerno 39 Yd 173
TD00:40Dan LeFevour 1 Yd Run. (Pat Failed) 233
THIRD QUARTERCMUNIU
FG10:14Mike Salerno 31 Yd 236
TD05:36Dan LeFevour 8 Yd Run. (Andrew Aguila Kick) 306
TD01:25 Chandler Harnish 2 Yd Run. (Chandler Harnish Pass To Britt Davis For Two-Point Conversion) 3014
FOURTH QUARTERCMUNIU
TD13:44Chad Spann 1 Yd Run. (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 3020
TD07:38Chad Spann 3 Yd Run. (Mike Salerno Kick) 3027
FG00:19Mike Salerno 25 Yd 3030
OVERTIMECMUNIU
FGAndrew Aguila 40 Yd 3330