Scores

Final

N Illinois 31

(7-4, 5-2 MAC)

Ohio 38

(8-3, 6-1 MAC)

2:00 PM ET, November 21, 2009

Peden Stadium, Athens, OH

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 7 7 7 1031
OHIO 14 0 10 1438

Top Performers

Passing: C. Harnish (NIU) - 307 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Spann (NIU) - 12 CAR, 32 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: L. Cox (NIU) - 11 REC, 132 YDS

Ohio 38, N. Illinois 31

Associated Press

ATHENS, Ohio -- Theo Scott threw three touchdown passes to lead Ohio to a 38-31 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday, keeping the Bobcats' Mid-American Conference title hopes alive.

Ohio (8-3, 6-1), which won its 200th MAC game, maintained second place in the conference's East division. The Bobcats host first-place Temple next Saturday with the winner booking a spot in the MAC title game at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 4.

Scott finished 16-for-28 with 138 yards for the Bobcats, who sneaked past the second-place team in the MAC's West Division to set up next week's showdown. LaVon Brazill caught touchdown passes of 37 and 27 yards, and scored on a 91-yard punt return.

Trailing 28-24 early in the fourth, Scott's 7-yard TD pass and Julian Posey's 41-yard interception return put Ohio up 38-28.

Chandler Harnish had 307 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Huskies (7-4, 5-2).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
OHIO
1st Downs2015
Total Yards421247
Passing307144
Rushing114103
Penalties6-513-39
3rd Down Conversions9-184-13
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers21
Possession32:3627:24

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish24/353078.821
OhioC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Scott16/281384.930

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harnish11413.7010
Spann12322.729
OhioCARYDSAVGTDLG
Garrett11565.1020
Davidson9525.8011

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cox1113212.0045
Lewis46416.0126
OhioRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brazill55511.0227
Price6457.5114

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUOHIO
TD13:26LaVon Brazill 27 Yd Pass From Theo Scott (Matt Weller Kick) 07
TD10:25LaVon Brazill 91 Yd Punt Return (Matt Weller Kick) 014
TD04:02Kyle Skarb 23 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERNIUOHIO
TD07:59Chad Spann 1 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 1414
THIRD QUARTERNIUOHIO
FG05:58Matt Weller 28 Yd 1417
TD04:10Chad Spann 1 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 2117
TD00:37LaVon Brazill 37 Yd Pass From Theo Scott (Matt Weller Kick) 2124
FOURTH QUARTERNIUOHIO
TD10:38Marcus Lewis 26 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 2824
TD05:38Taylor Price 7 Yd Pass From Theo Scott (Matt Weller Kick) 2831
TD01:39Julian Posey 41 Yd Interception Return (Matt Weller Kick) 2838
FG00:42Mike Salerno 28 Yd 3138