Scores

Final/OT

N Illinois 42

(1-3, 0-1 MAC)

Akron 48

(2-1, 1-0 MAC)

6:00 PM ET, September 24, 2005

Rubber Bowl, AKRON, OH

1 2 3 4 OT T
NIU 14 7 0 21 042
AKR 11 17 14 0 648

Top Performers

Passing: P. Horvath (NIU) - 486 YDS, 6 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Biggs (AKR) - 24 CAR, 81 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: S. Hurd (NIU) - 14 REC, 139 YDS, 3 TD

Akron 48, Northern Illinois 42 (OT)

AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Brett Biggs scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime and Akron overcame Northern Illinois' comeback to win 48-42 Saturday night.

Akron (2-1, 1-0 Mid-American Conference) led 42-21 at the end of the third quarter, but the Huskies tied it on Phil Horvath's three touchdown passes.

The final one came on an 11-play, 96-yard drive in 1:37, capped by Horvath's 24-yard pass to Britt Davis with :13 left.

Northern Illinois (1-3, 0-1) got the ball first in overtime and failed to score when Horvath was intercepted by Dionte Henry. Akron took possession and Luke Getsy completed a 23-yard pass to Biggs, who scored from a yard out a play later for the win.

Getsy was 20 of 39 passing for 406 yards and five touchdowns, including two to Jason Montgomery, who led Akron with 114 yards receiving.

Biggs rushed for 94 yards and had 73 yards receiving and a touchdown catch.

Horvath was 39-of-52 for 486 yards and six touchdowns. Sam Hurd finished with 139 yards receiving and three touchdowns.

The Zips trailed 14-0 early, but scored on five straight possessions to lead 28-21 at the half.

Getsy's touchdowns throws included a 78-yarder to Montgomery and a 79-yarder to Dennis Kennedy.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
AKR
1st Downs2620
Total Yards536525
Passing486406
Rushing50119
Penalties3-305-36
3rd Down Conversions7-166-15
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers20
Possession30:3629:24

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Horvath39/524869.361-
AkronC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Getsy20/3940610.450-

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wolfe21522.5022
Harris177.007
AkronCARYDSAVGTDLG
Biggs24813.4131
Kennedy8384.8024

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hurd141399.9329
Wolfe611218.7159
AkronRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hixon610417.3151
Biggs57314.6123

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUAKR
TD11:17SAM HURD 15 YD PASS FROM PHIL HORVATH (CHRIS NENDICK KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 55 yards.
70
TD7:49GARRETT WOLFE 59 YD PASS FROM PHIL HORVATH (CHRIS NENDICK KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 63 yards.
140
TD5:56BRETT BIGGS 9 YD PASS FROM LUKE GETSY (KEVIN GRANT 2PT PASS FROM JAY ROHR)
Drive info: 7 plays, 71 yards.
148
FG1:49JASON SWIGER 38 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 33 yards.
1411
SECOND QUARTERNIUAKR
TD14:11JASON MONTGOMERY 16 YD PASS FROM LUKE GETSY (JASON SWIGER KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 31 yards.
1418
FG7:38JASON SWIGER 21 YD FG
Drive info: 10 plays, 50 yards.
1421
TD3:04JASON MONTGOMERY 78 YD PASS FROM LUKE GETSY (JASON SWIGER KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 80 yards.
1428
TD0:32SAM HURD 29 YD PASS FROM PHIL HORVATH (CHRIS NENDICK KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 67 yards.
2128
THIRD QUARTERNIUAKR
TD5:43DOMENIK HIXON 51 YD PASS FROM LUKE GETSY (JASON SWIGER KICK)
Drive info: 1 plays, 51 yards.
2135
TD0:45DENNIS KENNEDY 79 YD PASS FROM LUKE GETSY (JASON SWIGER KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 86 yards.
2142
FOURTH QUARTERNIUAKR
TD14:01SAM HURD 15 YD PASS FROM PHIL HORVATH (CHRIS NENDICK KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 62 yards.
2842
TD5:32BRANDON DAVIS 40 YD PASS FROM PHIL HORVATH (CHRIS NENDICK KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 81 yards.
3542
TD0:13BRITT DAVIS 24 YD PASS FROM PHIL HORVATH (CHRIS NENDICK KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 96 yards.
4242
OVERTIMENIUAKR
TD0:00BRETT BIGGS 1 YD RUN
Drive info: 3 plays, 25 yards.
4248