Scores

Final

E Illinois 39

(3-1, 2-1 away)

N Illinois 43

(3-0, 1-0 home)

7:00 PM ET, September 21, 2013

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
EIU 20 0 6 1339
NIU 6 17 10 1043

Top Performers

Passing: J. Garoppolo (EIU) - 450 YDS, 6 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: C. Stingily (NIU) - 21 CAR, 134 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: E. Lora (EIU) - 14 REC, 198 YDS, 3 TD

Northern Illinois outlasts Eastern Illinois 43-39

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- Jordan Lynch accounted for 424 yards of offense in the air and on the ground as Northern Illinois overcame six touchdown passes by Jimmy Garoppolo to pull out a 43-39 victory on Saturday night.

Garoppolo, with 450 yards on 34-of-49 passing, tied Tony Romo's school career record of 85 TD throws.

Garoppolo's pass to Erik Lora, who had 198 yards receiving, put the Panthers ahead 39-36 with 9:53 remaining.

NIU's Keith Harris Jr., who scored twice, rushed 8 yards for a 43-39 lead with 8:25 left. The NIU defense then stiffened and the Huskies ran out the final 5:01.

The Panthers (3-1) had a 20-0 first-quarter lead on three Garoppolo TD passes. The Huskies rallied, taking the lead at 23-20 just before halftime.

Cameron Stingily rushed for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns for NIU (3-0), which won its 22nd straight home game, best in the nation.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EIU
NIU
1st Downs2731
Total Yards577602
Passing450235
Rushing127367
Penalties14-12614-103
3rd Down Conversions7-166-13
4th Down Conversions2-42-2
Turnovers23
Possession28:0331:57

Passing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garoppolo34/494509.262
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lynch21/302357.812

Rushing Leaders

Eastern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Little12816.8026
Duncan13644.9011
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lynch231898.2034
Stingily211346.4246

Receiving Leaders

Eastern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Lora1419814.1333
Drake813717.1243
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown79914.1051
Lewis9829.1020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREIUNIU
TD12:21Erik Lora 14 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 60
TD12:08Adam Drake 43 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 130
TD07:36Keiondre Gober 13 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 200
TD05:17Cameron Stingily 5 Yd Run (Pat Failed) 206
SECOND QUARTEREIUNIU
TD14:08Cameron Stingily 5 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 2013
TD09:18Luke Eakes 3 Yd Pass From Jordan Lynch (Mathew Sims Kick) 2020
FG00:05Mathew Sims 18 Yd 2023
THIRD QUARTEREIUNIU
TD10:17Keith Harris Jr. 9 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 2030
TD07:45Erik Lora 33 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Two-Point Run Conversion Failed) 2630
FG02:50Mathew Sims 33 Yd 2633
FOURTH QUARTEREIUNIU
TD14:55Adam Drake 15 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Cameron Berra Kick) 3333
FG11:24Mathew Sims 37 Yd 3336
TD09:53Erik Lora 10 Yd Pass From Jimmy Garoppolo (Pat Failed) 3936
TD08:25Keith Harris Jr. 8 Yd Run (Mathew Sims Kick) 3943