Scores

Final

N Illinois 28

(2-1, 1-1 away)

Purdue 21

(1-2, 1-1 home)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette, IN

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 0 21 7 028
PUR 7 0 7 721

Top Performers

Passing: C. Harnish (NIU) - 174 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: M. Brown (NIU) - 26 CAR, 150 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Bolden (PUR) - 4 REC, 62 YDS

Northern Illinois ends 21-year win drought vs. Big Ten

Associated Press

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- Me'co Brown ran for 150 yards, and Northern Illinois beat Purdue 28-21 Saturday for its first victory against a Big Ten school since 1988.

Chad Spann rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies (2-1).

Northern Illinois, a Mid-American Conference school, entered the game 1-32-1 all time against the Big Ten.

Purdue quarterback Joey Elliott passed for 188 yards and ran for 68 yards and two touchdowns. But the Huskies held Ralph Bolden, the nation's leading rusher after two games, to 64 yards.

Purdue (1-2) looked sluggish one week after taking Oregon to the limit in a 38-36 loss. The Huskies outgained the Boilermakers 454 yards to 335 and kept the ball for 41:40.

Purdue trailed 28-21 in the fourth quarter and expected to get the ball back with about 3:30 left after forcing Northern Illinois into a fourth down, but the Huskies resorted to trickery. Justin Anderson took a direct snap on a fake punt 11 yards for a first down. NIU eventually punted but didn't leave Purdue enough time to mount a threat.

Purdue's Aaron Valentin started the scoring with a weaving, bobbing, 62-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.

Spann's 1-yard touchdown run tied the score in the second quarter, and Brown's 67-yard touchdown run gave the Huskies a 14-7 lead.

Valentin fumbled a punt that NIU recovered at the Purdue 35, but Spann fumbled it right back to Purdue.

Valentin fumbled again on his next return, and NIU recovered at the Purdue 23. The Huskies took advantage this time when Chandler Harnish completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Reed Cunningham to make it 21-7 at halftime. Northern Illinois outgained Purdue 247 yards to 74 before the break.

Purdue reached the NIU 28-yard line on its second possession of the third quarter, but the Huskies stuffed Elliott on a fourth-and-1 to stop the threat.

NIU came back with a 13-play, 62-yard drive that ended with Spann's 11-yard touchdown run for a 28-7 lead with 2:43 left in the third quarter.

Elliott, not known for his mobility, turned a broken play into a 58-yard touchdown run to cut Northern Illinois' lead to 28-14 heading into the fourth quarter.

Elliott led the Boilermakers on an 11-play, 80-yard drive, then finished it with a 6-yard touchdown run that cut NIU's lead to 28-21 with 5:42 to play.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
PUR
1st Downs2314
Total Yards454335
Passing174188
Rushing280147
Penalties6-513-20
3rd Down Conversions8-195-14
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers23
Possession41:4018:20

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish15/261746.711
PurdueC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Elliott20/311886.100

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown261505.8167
Spann18804.4212
PurdueCARYDSAVGTDLG
Elliott66811.3258
Bolden12645.3017

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis44912.3028
Skarb24623.0041
PurdueRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bolden46215.5034
Adams5428.4013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUPUR
TD05:19Aaron Valentin 62 Yd Punt Return (Carson Wiggs Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTERNIUPUR
TD13:33Chad Spann 1 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 77
TD08:21Me'co Brown 67 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 147
TD00:34Reed Cunningham 10 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 217
THIRD QUARTERNIUPUR
TD02:43Chad Spann 11 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 287
TD02:24Joey Elliott 58 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 2814
FOURTH QUARTERNIUPUR
TD05:42Joey Elliott 6 Yd Run (Carson Wiggs Kick) 2821