Scores

Final

W Illinois 7

(1-1, 1-1 away)

N Illinois 41

(1-1, 1-0 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:30 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
WIU 7 0 0 07
NIU 14 14 3 1041

Top Performers

Passing: C. Harnish (NIU) - 143 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: M. Brown (NIU) - 14 CAR, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Senatus (WIU) - 5 REC, 49 YDS

N. Illinois 41, W. Illinois 7

Associated Press

DE KALB, Ill. -- Chad Spann scored three first-half touchdowns to lead Northern Illinois to a 41-7 non-conference victory over intrastate rival Western Illinois on Saturday.

Spann, a junior tailback, scored on runs of 7 and 3 yards plus a 20-yard reception from quarterback Chandler Harnish before a Huskie Stadium crowd of 21,437.

The Huskies (1-1) snapped a three-game losing streak against the Leathernecks dating back to 1996.

Harnish also threw a 4-yard touchdown strike to sophomore receiver Jason Schepler in the first half and went 10 of 14 for 143 yards for the game.

In the second half, Northern Illinois tailback Me?co Brown scored on a 1-yard touchdown run, and kicker Mike Salerno hit two field goals.

The lone score for the Leathernecks (1-1) came on quarterback Matt Barr?s 14-yard first-quarter run. He finished 14 of 22 for 117 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WIU
NIU
1st Downs1620
Total Yards223395
Passing141151
Rushing82244
Penalties4-385-32
3rd Down Conversions5-135-11
4th Down Conversions0-21-1
Turnovers21
Possession32:1027:50

Passing Leaders

Western IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Barr14/221175.300
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish10/1414310.220

Rushing Leaders

Western IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gibbs14604.3011
Barr8283.5114
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown141178.4160
Anderson5428.4022

Receiving Leaders

Western IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Senatus66711.2017
Morgan4287.0012
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Clark25226.0045
Moore23618.0032

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWIUNIU
TD13:13Chad Spann 7 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 07
TD08:28Matt Barr 14 Yd Run (Brian Egan Kick) 77
TD03:50Chad Spann 3 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERWIUNIU
TD12:35Chad Spann 20 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 721
TD05:52Jason Schepler 4 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 728
THIRD QUARTERWIUNIU
FG03:48Mike Salerno 25 Yd 731
FOURTH QUARTERWIUNIU
TD14:56Me'co Brown 1 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 738
FG02:18Mike Salerno 34 Yd 741