Scores

Final

E Michigan 12

(6-6, 4-4 MAC)

N Illinois 18

(9-3, 7-1 MAC)

Coverage: ESPNU

11:00 AM ET, November 25, 2011

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
EMU 3 0 3 612
NIU 7 5 6 018

N. Illinois 18, E. Michigan 12

Associated Press

DeKALB, Ill. -- Chandler Harnish ran for 148 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown, and threw a 54-yard touchdown pass as Northern Illinois wrapped up a spot in the Mid-American Conference championship game by beating Eastern Michigan 18-12 on Friday.

The Huskies (9-3, 7-1) clinched a share of the MAC West title, and because they beat Toledo 63-60 on Nov. 1, they own the tiebreaker and have earned a second straight trip to the MAC championship game. NIU will play Ohio on Dec. 2 at Ford Field in Detroit for the MAC championship.

Harnish's 54-yard touchdown pass to Willie Clark opened the scoring. The Huskies led 12-3 at the half and Harnish's 68-yard run on a third-and-1 play extended their lead to 18-6.

The Eagles (6-6, 4-4) cut the deficit in half on Alex Gillett's 24-yard TD pass to Nick Olds with 6:19 to go, but were stopped on their final possession.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EMU
NIU
1st Downs1811
Total Yards280286
Passing14798
Rushing133188
Penalties2-106-50
3rd Down Conversions8-182-13
4th Down Conversions0-21-2
Turnovers00
Possession33:4026:20

Passing Leaders

Eastern MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gillett11/251475.910
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish9/19985.210

Rushing Leaders

Eastern MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gillett17673.9026
Sherrer16432.7018
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harnish171488.7168
Hopkins8313.9012

Receiving Leaders

Eastern MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Olds55010.0124
Russell14242.0042
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clark27035.0154
Moore5295.8013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREMUNIU
TD10:17Willie Clark 54 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mathew Sims Kick) 07
FG00:11Kody Fulkerson 20 Yd 37
SECOND QUARTEREMUNIU
SF08:44Dominique Sherrer Tackled By Sean Progar In End Zone 39
FG04:44Mathew Sims 39 Yd 312
THIRD QUARTEREMUNIU
FG01:43Kody Fulkerson 23 Yd 612
TD00:12Chandler Harnish 68 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 618
FOURTH QUARTEREMUNIU
TD06:19Nick Olds 24 Yd Pass From Alex Gillett (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 1218