N Illinois 35

(6-4, 5-2 MAC)

Toledo 17

(7-3, 5-2 MAC)

Coverage: ESPN2

7:30 PM ET, November 16, 2005

Glass Bowl, Toledo, OH

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 7 0 14 1435
TOL 14 0 0 317

Top Performers

Passing: D. Nicholson (NIU) - 176 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: G. Wolfe (NIU) - 29 CAR, 177 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: T. Dawson (TOL) - 4 REC, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Huskies create three-way tie in MAC West

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Garrett Wolfe rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and Northern Illinois defeated Toledo 35-17 Wednesday night to create a three-way tie atop the Mid-American Conference West Division.

The Huskies (6-4, 5-2) are tied with the Rockets (7-3, 5-2) and Western Michigan with one game to play. Northern Illinois hosts Western Michigan next Wednesday and Toledo travels Tuesday to Bowling Green, which needs to win to clinch the MAC East.

The division winners meet in the conference championship game Dec. 1 at Ford Field in Detroit.

Northern Illinois' win was marred by an injury to Toledo wide receiver Nick Moore, who lay on the field for several minutes late in the fourth quarter after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from a defender on an incomplete pass.

Moore could be seen shaking his fist in the air as he was taken off the field on a stretcher and transported to Toledo Hospital. Moore has 20 receptions for 251 yards this season, including one for 12 yards Wednesday night.

Wolfe's first touchdown, a 3-yard run with 4:55 left in the third quarter, snapped a 14-all tie. After Jason Robbins kicked a 22-yard field goal for Toledo, the Huskies broke it open on quarterback Dan Nicholson's 1-yard TD run and a 64-yard TD run by Wolfe.

Nicholson threw touchdown passes of 14 yards to Jake Nordin and 2 yards to Pat Raleigh. He was 21-of-30 for 176 yards with an interception.

Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo's normally accurate QB, struggled after the first quarter, when he scored on a 1-yard run and threw a 38-yard TD pass to Trinity Dawson. Gradkowski completed only 14 of 34 throws for 168 yards and was intercepted three times.

Dawson rushed for 104 yards.