Scores

Final

Ball State 20

(1-9, 1-5 MAC)

N Illinois 26

(7-3, 5-1 MAC)

Coverage: ESPNU

6:00 PM ET, November 12, 2009

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
BALL 7 6 0 720
NIU 16 0 10 026

Top Performers

Passing: T. Justice (BALL) - 134 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Spann (NIU) - 11 CAR, 63 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Cox (NIU) - 6 REC, 41 YDS

Harnish guides Northern Illinois to fourth straight win

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- Quarterback Chandler Harnish threw a touchdown pass in his first appearance in nearly a month as Northern Illinois topped Ball State on Thursday.

The Huskies (7-3, 5-1 Mid-American West) won their fourth straight while the Cardinals (1-9, 1-5) dropped their sixth game by seven or fewer points.

Harnish had missed three games with a knee injury. He hit wide receiver Marcus Lewis on a 6-yard scoring play late in the third quarter for a 26-13 lead.

Ball State cut it to 26-20 on Tanner Justice's 29-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Ifft with 6:53 left in regulation.

The teams traded touchdowns on their respective first possessions. The Huskies added a safety and a six-yard Chad Spann touchdown for a 16-7 lead late in the first quarter.

A pair of second-quarter field goals by Ian McGarvey trimmed the deficit to 16-13. Huskie kicker Mike Salerno got one back with a 41-yard third-quarter field goal.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BALL
NIU
1st Downs1414
Total Yards301225
Passing13491
Rushing167134
Penalties9-553-20
3rd Down Conversions7-135-11
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers11
Possession30:5829:02

Passing Leaders

Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Justice11/191347.110
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish9/9606.710

Rushing Leaders

Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Sykes11756.8024
Lewis9687.6052
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Palmer36923.0035
Spann11635.7125

Receiving Leaders

Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Orsbon34113.7026
Lewis33311.0013
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cox6416.8010
Lewis3186.016

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBALLNIU
TD13:05Eric Williams 5 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 70
TD07:26Preston Williams 9 Yd Pass From DeMarcus Grady (Mike Salerno Kick) 77
SF06:34 79
TD03:06Chad Spann 6 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 716
SECOND QUARTERBALLNIU
FG14:51Ian McGarvey 38 Yd 1016
FG06:47Ian McGarvey 30 Yd 1316
THIRD QUARTERBALLNIU
FG09:53Mike Salerno 41 Yd 1319
TD04:56Marcus Lewis 6 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 1326
FOURTH QUARTERBALLNIU
TD05:27Daniel Ifft 29 Yd Pass From Tanner Justice (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 2026