Scores

Final

Indiana State 3

(0-3, 0-3 away)

N Illinois 48

(1-2, 0-1 MAC)

Coverage: GamePlan

3:00 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
INST 0 3 0 03
NIU 10 21 10 748

Top Performers

Passing: D. Grady (NIU) - 24 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Spann (NIU) - 3 CAR, 73 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Simon (NIU) - 3 REC, 42 YDS, 1 TD

N. Illinois 48, Indiana St. 3

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- Freshman quarterback DeMarcus Grady threw a touchdown pass and rushed for another on Saturday as Northern Illinois defeated Indiana State 48-3.

The victory was the first for new Huskies' coach Jerry Kill and it snaps a four-game Northern Illinois losing streak dating to November 2007.

Grady, a redshirt freshman from Grand Rapids, Mich., connected with senior wide receiver Matt Simon with 6:49 left in the opening half. Four minutes later, Grady scored on a 6-yard run as Northern Illinois (1-2) scored 31 unanswered points in the first two quarters.

Sycamores' kicker Braulio Martinez broke the shutout with a 42-yard field goal just before halftime.

Indiana State (0-3) has lost 17 straight since 2006 and 41 of its last 42 games since 2004.

Grady was 2-of-2 for 24 yards and also rushed for 53 yards on 8 carries. He shared quarterback duties with senior Dan Nicholson, who was 5-of-10 for 37 yards and a touchdown. Simon led Huskies receivers with 3 catches for 42 yards.

The Huskies extended the lead to 41-3 in the third quarter on senior tailback Montell Clanton's 1-yard run. Scoring closed with 12:12 left on a 55-yard run from sophomore running back Chad Spann, who led Northern Illinois with 71 yards on 3 carries.

Indiana State starting quarterback Chuck Dowdell was 10-of-17 for 77 yards. Freshman Calvin Schmidtke was 9-of-18 for 46 yards and one interception.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
INST
NIU
1st Downs1115
Total Yards154363
Passing12378
Rushing31285
Penalties3-157-69
3rd Down Conversions4-154-8
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers43
Possession32:0627:54

Passing Leaders

Indiana StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dowdell10/17774.502
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nicholson5/10373.711

Rushing Leaders

Indiana StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Dowdell4225.5011
Schmidtke7111.607
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Spann37324.3155
Clanton10616.1114

Receiving Leaders

Indiana StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Kent33712.3026
Patrick4235.807
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simon34214.0119
Adonis11717.0017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERINSTNIU
TD08:33Reed Cunningham 9 Yd Pass From Dan Nicholson (Mike Salerno Kick) 07
FG04:55Mike Salerno 46 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERINSTNIU
TD09:52Bradley Pruitt 54 Yd Interception Return (Mike Salerno Kick) 017
TD06:49Matt Simon 19 Yd Pass From Demarcus Grady (Mike Salerno Kick) 024
TD02:32Demarcus Grady 6 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 031
FG00:00Braulio Martinez 42 Yd 331
THIRD QUARTERINSTNIU
FG09:53Mike Salerno 39 Yd 334
TD06:50Montell Clanton 1 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 341
FOURTH QUARTERINSTNIU
TD12:12Chad Spann 55 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 348