Scores

Final

N Illinois 59

(9-2, 7-0 MAC)

Ball State 21

(4-8, 3-5 MAC)

12:00 PM ET, November 20, 2010

Scheumann Stadium, Muncie, IN

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 14 21 10 1459
BALL 0 7 14 021

Top Performers

Passing: C. Harnish (NIU) - 247 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Spann (NIU) - 17 CAR, 81 YDS, 3 TD

Receiving: J. Tomlinson (BALL) - 6 REC, 106 YDS, 1 TD

NIU routs Ball State, clinches MAC West title

Associated Press

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Chad Spann rushed for three touchdowns and Northern Illinois clinched the Mid-American West Division title and a berth in the conference championship game with a 59-21 victory over Ball State on Saturday.

Chandler Harnish threw for 247 yards and two TDs, both to Nathan Palmer, and the Huskies (9-2, 7-0) won their eighth straight, their longest streak since 1965.

Eric Williams scored two rushing touchdowns for the Cardinals (4-8, 3-5), who were held to 268 total yards in their season finale. Kelly Page threw a career-long 80-yard touchdown pass to Jack Tomlinson.

Jimmie Ward returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a TD, and Tyrone Clark scored on a 16-yard interception return for Northern Illinois.

Northern Illinois will play in the MAC championship game for the first time since 2005 and for the second time in school history.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
BALL
1st Downs2110
Total Yards442268
Passing248155
Rushing194113
Penalties8-607-59
3rd Down Conversions5-102-10
4th Down Conversions1-10-0
Turnovers23
Possession32:4427:16

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish15/2224711.221
Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Page7/1313110.111

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Spann17814.8312
Bell13030.0030
Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Williams13634.8224
Brown6254.2012

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Palmer28442.0247
Cox46015.0021
Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Tomlinson610617.7180
Orsbon44010.0022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUBALL
TD12:06Nathan Palmer 37 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Michael Cklamovski Kick) 70
TD01:53Jimmie Ward 15 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Michael Cklamovski Kick) 140
SECOND QUARTERNIUBALL
TD14:32Eric Williams 2 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 147
TD11:02Nathan Palmer 47 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Michael Cklamovski Kick) 217
TD06:09Chad Spann 2 Yd Run (Michael Cklamovski Kick) 287
TD00:47Chad Spann 7 Yd Run (Michael Cklamovski Kick) 357
THIRD QUARTERNIUBALL
TD11:21Eric Williams 3 Yd Run (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 3514
TD06:59Jack Tomlinson 80 Yd Pass From Kelly Page (Ian Mcgarvey Kick) 3521
TD05:13Chad Spann 12 Yd Run (Michael Cklamovski Kick) 4221
FG00:34Michael Cklamovski 40 Yd 4521
FOURTH QUARTERNIUBALL
TD12:45Tyrone Clark 16 Yd Interception Return (Michael Cklamovski Kick) 5221
TD09:36Kyle Skarb 4 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Michael Cklamovski Kick) 5921