Scores

Final

N Illinois 31

(7-5, 5-3 MAC)

Cent Michigan 45

(10-2, 8-0 MAC)

1:00 PM ET, November 27, 2009

Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mount Pleasant, MI

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 0 10 0 2131
CMU 10 14 14 745

Top Performers

Passing: D. LeFevour (CMU) - 255 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: B. Schroeder (CMU) - 9 CAR, 128 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: K. Poblah (CMU) - 5 REC, 77 YDS, 1 TD

LeFevour throws for three TDs as Central Michigan downs Northern Illinois

Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Dan LeFevour threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns in the final home game of his record-setting career, leading Central Michigan to a 45-31 victory against Northern Illinois on Friday.

The Chippewas (10-2, 8-0 Mid-American Conference), who wrapped up the MAC West title last week, head to the conference championship game to face Ohio University at Ford Field in Detroit next Friday. CMU finished unbeaten in conference play for the first time in school history.

Bryan Anderson caught three passes for Central Michigan to set an NCAA all-divisions record with at least one reception in 52 straight games. The previous record of 51 was held by Tauren Henderson of Texas Tech and Michael Larkin of Miami of Ohio.

Bryan Schroeder rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries for Central Michigan and also had a 13-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass from LeFevour in the first quarter to open the scoring.

After exchanging field goals, Central Michigan extended its lead over the Huskies (7-5, 5-3) to 17-3 when LeFevour found Kito Poblah for a 16-yard touchdown pass.

LeFevour, who in his four seasons as a starter at CMU has rewritten the school record book, finished 27 of 41 in his final game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Northern Illinois scored its first touchdown of the game with 5:12 left in the first half when Landon Cox scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Chandler Harnish to cut the score to 17-10.

But the Chippewas answered with a 78-yard, 13-play drive, capped by Schroeder's 5-yard TD run to make it 24-10 at halftime.

The second half opened with Schroeder scoring on an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. The run was the longest of Schroeder's career and gave him a new career high in rushing yards for a game.

LeFevour threw his third touchdown pass to Anderson for 16 yards in the third quarter to put the Chippewas ahead 38-10.

The touchdown pass was the 99th of LeFevour's career, one behind Marshall's Chad Pennington for the MAC record of 100.

Northern Illinois scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with Patrick George intercepting Central Michigan backup quarterback Ryan Radcliff and returning it 80 yards for a touchdown.

Chad Spann added a 6-yard touchdown run to make it 38-24.

CMU senior defensive end Frank Zombo capped the scoring for CMU with 27-yard interception return.

Harnish added a 7-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lewis and finished 17 of 28 for 206 yards.

Spann rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
CMU
1st Downs1928
Total Yards332512
Passing206255
Rushing126257
Penalties4-303-45
3rd Down Conversions4-1212-18
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers32
Possession25:4734:13

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish17/282067.422
Central MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
LeFevour27/412556.230

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Spann15765.1118
Harnish11464.2023
Central MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Schroeder912814.2280
Cotton13574.4014

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Moore36120.3026
Cox35719.0132
Central MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Poblah57715.4123
Brown9505.6029

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUCMU
TD10:27Bryan Schroeder 13 Yd Pass From Dan LeFevour (Andrew Aguila Kick) 07
FG00:56Andrew Aguila 24 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERNIUCMU
FG09:27Mike Salerno 30 Yd 310
TD06:29Kito Poblah 16 Yd Pass From Dan LeFevour (Andrew Aguila Kick) 317
TD05:12Landon Cox 32 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 1017
TD00:48Bryan Schroeder 5 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick) 1024
THIRD QUARTERNIUCMU
TD14:43Bryan Schroeder 80 Yd Run (Andrew Aguila Kick) 1031
TD07:45Bryan Anderson 16 Yd Pass From Dan LeFevour (Andrew Aguila Kick) 1038
FOURTH QUARTERNIUCMU
TD12:50Patrick George 80 Yd Interception Return (Mike Salerno Kick) 1738
TD08:25Chad Spann 6 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 2438
TD03:58Frank Zombo 27 Yd Interception Return (Andrew Aguila Kick) 2445
TD02:03Marcus Lewis 7 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 3145