Scores

Final

Akron 10

(1-7, 0-4 MAC)

N Illinois 27

(5-3, 3-1 MAC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, October 31, 2009

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
AKR 0 0 10 010
NIU 3 3 0 2127

Top Performers

Passing: A. Allen (AKR) - 80 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Spann (NIU) - 21 CAR, 125 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: A. Jones (AKR) - 6 REC, 154 YDS, 1 TD

N. Illinois 27, Akron 10

Associated Press

DE KALB, Ill. -- Tailback Chad Spann scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns and rushed for a game-high 125 yards as Northern Illinois came from behind to beat Akron 27-10 Saturday.

Spanns 28-yard touchdown run with 13:35 to play erased a 10-6 deficit. He added a 2-yard scoring run with 7:59 showing as the Huskies (5-3, 3-1 Mid-American) won their second straight.

Nathan Palmer added a 7-yard touchdown run for Northern Illinois with 46 seconds left.

Freshman quarterback Patrick Nicely went 11 of 27 for 124 yards in his collegiate debut as the Zips (1-7, 0-4) lost their sixth straight.

Mike Salerno hit two first-half field goals as the Huskies built a 6-0 advantage.

Akron claimed its lone lead with 5:25 left in the third quarter when running back Alex Allen took a pitch from Nicely and connected with wide receiver Andre Jones on an 80-yard touchdown play for a 7-6 edge.

Jones had six catches for 154 yards. Northern Illinois quarterback DeMarcus Grady rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries and was 10 of 18 for 62 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
AKR
NIU
1st Downs1218
Total Yards235337
Passing20462
Rushing31275
Penalties7-459-105
3rd Down Conversions0-1010-19
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers10
Possession22:5637:04

Passing Leaders

AkronC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nicely11/271244.600
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grady10/18623.400

Rushing Leaders

AkronCARYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander19482.5011
Martin122.002
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Spann211256.0228
Grady201095.5031

Receiving Leaders

AkronRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones615425.7180
LaFrance11818.0018
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ashford4307.509
Clark3186.007

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERAKRNIU
FG02:41Mike Salerno 22 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERAKRNIU
FG02:50Mike Salerno 37 Yd 06
THIRD QUARTERAKRNIU
FG10:42Branko Rogovic 34 Yd 36
TD05:25Andre Jones 80 Yd Pass From Alex Allen (Branko Rogovic Kick) 106
FOURTH QUARTERAKRNIU
TD13:35Chad Spann 28 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 1013
TD07:59Chad Spann 2 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 1020
TD00:46Nathan Palmer 7 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 1027