Scores

Final

N Illinois 40

(6-0, 2-0 MAC)

Cent Michigan 24

(2-4, 0-3 MAC)

1:00 PM ET, October 11, 2003

Kelly/Shorts Stadium, MOUNT PLEASANT, MI

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 0 3 28 940
CMU 7 10 7 024

Huskies score 4 TDs in 3rd quarter

MT. PLEASANT, Michigan (Ticker) -- Michael Turner ran for a season-high 199 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns as Northern Illinois (No. 18 ESPN/USA Today, No. 16 AP) rallied for a 40-24 victory over Central Michigan in a Mid-American Conference matchup.

Ike Ajoku

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QB Josh Haldi and Northern Illinois sat on Central Michigan with a 28-point third quarter.

The Huskies trailed, 17-3, at halftime before Turner led a comeback. He had a 47-yard touchdown run just 2:09 into the third quarter and gave Northern Illinois the lead for good at 31-24 on a two-yard plunge with 46 seconds to go in the period.

A.J. Harris and Ryan Gilbert also had touchdown runs in the third quarter for the Huskies, who pulled away with three field goals from Steve Azar in the final 13 minutes.

P.J. Fleck caught six passes for 93 yards as Northern Illinois (6-0, 1-0 MAC West) extended its winning streak over Central Michigan to a school-record six games.

Derrick Vickers completed 17-of-31 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown, but threw four interceptions for the Chippewas (2-4, 0-3).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
CMU
1st Downs1921
Total Yards404360
Passing198215
Rushing206145
Penalties3-307-62
3rd Down Conversions7-166-15
4th Down Conversions0-10-1
Turnovers14
Possession30:4529:15

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Gilbert3/45112.800-
Haldi14/231476.400-
Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Vickers17/302157.214-

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Turner281997.1246
Harris8293.618
Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jackson24903.8114
Lawhorne8344.3112

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Fleck55410.8020
Hurd410927.3042
Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lawhorne4348.5113
Messam23015.0019

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUCMU
TD1:35TERRENCE JACKSON 1 YD RUN (MIKE GRUZWALSKI KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 73 yards.
07
SECOND QUARTERNIUCMU
FG9:48MIKE GRUZWALSKI 24 YD FG
Drive info: 11 plays, 66 yards.
010
TD4:35KENAN LAWHORNE 12 YD RUN (MIKE GRUZWALSKI KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 55 yards.
017
FG0:00STEVE AZAR 23 YD FG
Drive info: 16 plays, 67 yards.
317
THIRD QUARTERNIUCMU
TD12:51MICHAEL TURNER 46 YD RUN (STEVE AZAR KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 55 yards.
1017
TD8:43RYAN GILBERT 1 YD RUN (STEVE AZAR KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 34 yards.
1717
TD7:17A.J. HARRIS 2 YD RUN (STEVE AZAR KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 5 yards.
2417
TD2:57KENAN LAWHORNE 13 YD PASS FROM DERRICK VICKERS (MIKE GRUZWALSKI KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 26 yards.
2424
TD0:46MICHAEL TURNER 2 YD RUN (STEVE AZAR KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 54 yards.
3124
FOURTH QUARTERNIUCMU
FG12:52STEVE AZAR 18 YD FG
Drive info: 4 plays, 9 yards.
3424
FG4:29STEVE AZAR 41 YD FG
Drive info: 3 plays, 9 yards.
3724
FG2:38STEVE AZAR 32 YD FG
Drive info: 5 plays, 40 yards.
4024