N Illinois 42

(1-3, 0-1 MAC)

Akron 48

(2-1, 1-0 MAC)

6:00 PM ET, September 24, 2005

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.