Scores

Final

Miami (OH) 13

(1-5, 0-2 MAC)

N Illinois 17

(3-3, 2-1 MAC)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:00 PM ET, October 11, 2008

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
M-OH 0 10 3 013
NIU 3 7 7 017

Top Performers

Passing: D. Raudabaugh (M-OH) - 149 YDS

Rushing: M. Brown (NIU) - 16 CAR, 123 YDS

Receiving: M. Perez (NIU) - 4 REC, 76 YDS

N. Illinois 17, Miami (Ohio) 13

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois thwarted Miami University's bid for a come-from-behind victory with a last-ditch defensive stand to preserve a 17-13 Mid-American Conference victory on Saturday.

Huskie cornerback Melvin Rice and linebacker Josh Allen broke up back-to-back end zone passes by RedHawks quarterback Dan Raudabaugh with less than 90 seconds to play to shut down the late Miami of Ohio drive.

Northern Illinois (3-3, 2-1) has now won three of its last four games, with only a four-point loss at Tennessee in the span. Miami slipped to 1-5 and has lost three straight.

The RedHawks led 13-10 after a 35-yard Nathan Parseghian field goal with 4:53 left in the third quarter. Northern Illinois reclaimed the lead with 2:32 remaining when sophomore tailback Chad Spann capped a 5-play, 67-yard drive with his 2-yard touchdown run.

The Huskies opened a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter thanks to wide receiver Landon Cox's 3-yard touchdown reception from starting quarterback DeMarcus Grady.

Miami replied five minutes later when return specialist Eugene Harris snared a Andy Dittbenner punt and ran back 63 yards for a touchdown. Miami forced a 10-10 tie just before halftime on Parseghian's 44-yard field goal.

Northern Illinois drove deep into Miami territory on each of its two first possessions and settled for field goal tries each time. Kicker Mike Salerno hit his first -- a 38-yd attempt -- but missed a 30-yarder with 4:58 left in the opening quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
M-OH
NIU
1st Downs1616
Total Yards284326
Passing149111
Rushing135215
Penalties12-793-26
3rd Down Conversions6-164-12
4th Down Conversions1-30-0
Turnovers00
Possession29:1230:48

Passing Leaders

Miami (OH)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Raudabaugh19/351494.300
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Grady7/12635.310

Rushing Leaders

Miami (OH)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Merriweather17603.5013
Bratton6427.009
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown161237.7036
Grady6437.2028

Receiving Leaders

Miami (OH)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Bratton5387.6017
Woods5346.808
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Perez47619.0036
Skarb2189.0010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERM-OHNIU
FG12:30Mike Salerno 38 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERM-OHNIU
TD10:11Landon Cox 3 Yd Pass From Demarcus Grady (Mike Salerno Kick) 010
TD04:49Eugene Harris 63 Yd Punt Return (Nathan Parseghian Kick) 710
FG00:00Nathan Parseghian 44 Yd 1010
THIRD QUARTERM-OHNIU
FG04:53Nathan Parseghian 35 Yd 1310
TD02:32Chad Spann 2 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 1317