Scores

Final

N Illinois 42

(6-5, 5-3 MAC)

Kent State 14

(3-8, 2-5 MAC)

7:00 PM ET, November 18, 2008

Dix Stadium, Kent, OH

1 2 3 4 T
NIU 7 7 21 742
KENT 0 7 7 014

Top Performers

Passing: C. Harnish (NIU) - 173 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: C. Harnish (NIU) - 20 CAR, 117 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: M. Perez (NIU) - 4 REC, 75 YDS

Harnish accounts for 4 TDs as NIU routs Kent St.

Associated Press

KENT, Ohio -- Chandler Harnish threw two touchdowns passes and ran for two more scores as Northern Illinois took a 42-14 Mid-American Conference victory over Kent State on Tuesday night.

Craig Rusch also scored for NIU (6-5, 5-3), pulling the Huskies to a 21-point lead by recovering a fumble for 60 yards with about 8 minutes left in the third quarter. Chad Spann added a 26-yard run late in the third quarter to give the Huskies a 35-14 lead.

The Huskies took a 14-0 lead with Harnish's 2-yard pass to Reed Cunningham in the first quarter and his 3-yard run in the second. His 31-yard run in the third made it 21-7 and a 17-yard pass to Matt Simon ended the scoring with about 9 minutes left.

Leneric Muldrow of the Golden Flashes (3-8, 2-5) scored on a 5-yard run with 4:22 left in the half to bring it to 14-7, and Eugene Jarvis kept it to 28-14 with a 2-yard run with 3:15 left in the third quarter.

Harnish rushed for 117 yards and passed for 173. Kent's Julian Edelman passed for 126 yards and had 108 yards rushing.

Northern Illinois had 397 offensive yards to Kent's 253 and four sacks for 13 yards, to Kent's no sacks.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NIU
KENT
1st Downs00
Total Yards397253
Passing173126
Rushing224127
Penalties4-323-15
3rd Down Conversions7-136-12
4th Down Conversions2-31-3
Turnovers03
Possession34:4525:15

Passing Leaders

Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish12/191739.120
Kent StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Edelman11/211266.000

Rushing Leaders

Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harnish201175.9231
Crider11494.5020
Kent StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Edelman191085.7021
Jarvis13151.2117

Receiving Leaders

Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Perez47518.8041
Cunningham33511.7118
Kent StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jarvis35016.7035
Thompson12323.0023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNIUKENT
TD10:41Reed Cunningham 2 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERNIUKENT
TD10:17Chandler Harnish 3 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 140
TD04:22Leneric Muldrow 5 Yd Run (Nate Reed Kick) 147
THIRD QUARTERNIUKENT
TD08:57Chandler Harnish 31 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 217
TD08:02Craig Rusch 60 Yd Fumble Return (Mike Salerno Kick) 287
TD03:15Eugene Jarvis 2 Yd Run (Nate Reed Kick) 2814
TD00:53Chad Spann 26 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 3514
FOURTH QUARTERNIUKENT
TD09:01Matt Simon 17 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 4214