Scores

Final

N Illinois 10

(1-4, 0-2 MAC)

Cent Michigan 35

(2-3, 2-0 MAC)

12:00 PM ET, September 29, 2007

Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 7 3 0 010
CMU 21 14 0 035

Top Performers

Passing: D. Nicholson (NIU) - 293 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Hoskins (CMU) - 14 CAR, 93 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Simon (NIU) - 9 REC, 205 YDS, 1 TD

Cent. Michigan 35, N. Illinois 10

Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) -- Dan LeFevour completed 18 of 27 passes for 172 yards and rushed for another 42 yards as Central Michigan rolled past Northern Illinois Saturday 35-10.

Northern Illinois amassed 522 offensive yards, but committed five turnovers, failed on two fourth-down attempts and missed a 21-yard field goal.

The conference win for the Chippewas (2-3, 2-0 Mid-American) was the first over the Huskies since 1997, ending a nine-game losing streak to Northern Illinois (1-4, 0-2).

Central Michigan jumped out to an early 14-0 lead after LeFevour caught a 32-yard touchdown pass from receiver Duane Brooks. The Huskies countered by scoring their lone touchdown on a 92-yard pass from Dan Nicholson to Matt Simon just 18 seconds later.

But Antonio Brown took the ensuing kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown, pushing the Central Michigan's lead back to 14 points. Brown also caught seven passes for 74 yards, while Justin Hoskins rushed for 93 yards on 14 carries.

The Chippewas pushed their lead to 28-7 early in the second quarter after the Huskies fumbled the following kickoff. Five plays later, LeFevour scored on a 2-yard run.

Defensively, Red Keith had 10 tackles, forced a fumble and had an interception to lead the Chippewa defense.

Nicholson was 21 of 41 passing for 293 yards for the Huskies, while Simon caught nine passes for 205 yards. Running back Justin Anderson had 157 yards rushing.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
CMU
1st Downs2821
Total Yards521381
Passing318204
Rushing203177
Penalties7-858-80
3rd Down Conversions5-172-11
4th Down Conversions2-51-1
Turnovers61
Possession33:5426:06

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nicholson21/412937.112
Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
LeFevour18/271726.400

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Anderson281575.6018
Bryant7395.6013
Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hoskins14936.6240
LeFevour9424.7114

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Simon920522.8192
Davis66010.0017
Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown77410.6020
Bradley35117.0027

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUCMU
TD08:46Justin Hoskins 40 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 80 yds, 1:01
07
TD02:04Dan Lefevour 32 Yd Pass From Duane Brooks (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 99 yds, 3:17
014
TD01:46Matt Simon 92 Yd Pass From Dan Nicholson (Chris Nendick Kick)
Drive: 1 plays, 92 yds, :18
714
TD01:31Antonio Brown 90 Yd Kickoff Return (Andrew Aguila Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERNIUCMU
TD14:57Dan Lefevour 2 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 28 yds, 1:28
728
FG07:57Chris Nendick 25 Yd
Drive: 16 plays, 64 yds, 7:00
1028
TD03:05Justin Hoskins 5 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick)
Drive: 11 plays, 80 yds, 4:52
1035