Scores

Final

Toledo 7

(2-5, 1-2 MAC)

N Illinois 38

(4-3, 3-1 MAC)

4:00 PM ET, October 18, 2008

Huskie Stadium, DEKALB, IL

1 2 3 4 T
TOL 0 0 7 07
NIU 14 7 3 1438

Top Performers

Passing: C. Harnish (NIU) - 173 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: C. Spann (NIU) - 15 CAR, 82 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Perez (NIU) - 3 REC, 68 YDS, 2 TD

N. Illinois 38, Toledo 7

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- Redshirt freshman Chandler Harnish threw for three touchdowns in his first start in five weeks to lead Northern Illinois to 38-7 victory over Toledo on Saturday.

Harnish, sidelined on Sept. 6 with a foot sprain, was 12-of-16 for 173 yards passing and rushed for 60 more as the Huskies (4-3, 3-1 MAC West) won for the fourth time in their last five games.

Toledo (2-5, 1-2 MAC West), which stunned Michigan 13-7 one week earlier in Ann Arbor, had their lone score on Morgan Williams' 21-yard touchdown run with 9:37 left in the third quarter.

Northern Illinois tailback Chad Spann scored on first-half runs of 12 and 2 yards as the Huskies built an early 21-0 lead.

Harnish combined with senior wide receiver Marcus Perez on touchdowns of 45 and 15 yards and added a 10-yard scoring pass to junior tight end Reed Cunningham in the fourth quarter.

Northern Illinois, ranked 15th in the nation in scoring defense, has now given up three touchdowns in its last five games.

Spann closed with 82 yards on 15 carries and Perez had three catches for 68 yards as Northern Illinois piled up 393 yards total offense.

Toledo closed with 229 net yards as quarterback Aaron Opelt went 16-of-22 for 138 yards. He departed with an apparent leg injury late in the game but is expected to return next week.

Wide receiver Stephen Williams had nine catches for 75 yards while Williams rushed for 50 yards on eight carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
TOL
NIU
1st Downs1324
Total Yards229393
Passing149173
Rushing80220
Penalties10-855-44
3rd Down Conversions3-95-10
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers30
Possession25:0934:51

Passing Leaders

ToledoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Opelt16/221386.300
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish12/1617310.830

Rushing Leaders

ToledoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams8506.3121
Collins7273.909
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Spann15825.5212
Harnish8607.5032

Receiving Leaders

ToledoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Williams9758.3021
Bailey22914.5019
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Perez36822.7245
Clark33511.7014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERTOLNIU
TD07:23Chad Spann 12 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 07
TD00:44Marcus Perez 45 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERTOLNIU
TD07:49Chad Spann 2 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 021
THIRD QUARTERTOLNIU
TD09:37Morgan Williams 21 Yd Run (Alex Steigerwald Kick) 721
FG06:21Mike Salerno 32 Yd 724
FOURTH QUARTERTOLNIU
TD13:07Marcus Perez 15 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 731
TD07:44Reed Cunningham 10 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 738