Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Mt Pleasant, MI
Northern Illinois enters MAC play with a rare two-game losing streak. After staying with No. 1 Ohio State before falling, 20-13, the Huskies were edged by Boston College, 17-14, last week.
Central Michigan has also dropped two straight. Syracused edged the Chippewas, 30-27, two weeks ago. No. 2 Michigan State posted a 30-10 victory over CMU last Saturday.
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Boson College broke a 7-7 halftime tie with 10 points before NIU struck back late on an 86-yard kickoff return by Aregeros Turner with 4:27 left.
The Huskies got one more possession and quickly moved to BC’s 35 with two Drew Hare completions. However, they could not move the chains again and lost possession on downs with 1:31 left.
Defenses prevailed for the most part, with NIU having a particularly tough time moving the ball. It ended up with 153 total yards on offense – 81 through the air and 72 on the ground. BC did most of its damage through the ground gme, totaling 234 yards on 63 rushes.
Hare completed 11 of 25 for 81 yards and one interception on the day. Tommyless Lewis caught six balls for a 42-yard total – just over half the catches and yardage.
Joel Bouagnon carried 16 times for 56 and scored one TD to pace the Huskie rushing attack.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN (2-2)
The Chippewas pulled within 17-10 in the third quarter Saturday before No. 2 Michigan State put the game away with two fourth quarter rushing TDs.
Central Michigan actually finished with a slight edge (340-324) in total offense.
Cooper Rush completed 26 of 39 passes for 285 yards with one TD. Rush also lost 31 yards under Spartan pressure, and the Chippewas netted 55 yards rushing despite 77 yards on 15 carries by Devon Spalding.
Anthony Rice caught eight balls for 78 yards with one touchdown. Jesse Kroll had six grabs for 86 yards,
-- Northern Ohio ranks fourth in scoring offense (30.5 pg) and fifth in scoring defense (23.2 ppg). Central Michigan is 12th in scoring offense (20.2 ppg) and sixth in scoring defense 23.5 ppg)
-- The CMU defense held Michigan State QB Connor Cook to 11 of 19 passing for a season-low 143 yards.
- Senior Kavon Frazier leads CMU in tackles (36) and is eighth among MAC defenders. Linebacker Jamaal Payton leads the team in TFL (3.0).
-- Kicker Brian Eavey is six of nine on field goal attempts, with a ;long of 42.
-- Cooper Rush is second among MAC passers with 317.0 ypg. He is eighth in pass efficiency. NIU’s Drew Hare is 10th in pass efficiency and eighth in passing yards (219.8 ypg).
- Northern Illinois last dropped back-to-back regular season games back in 2011.
-- Defensive back Shawun Lurry owns 14 tackles and four interceptions through four games.
-- Linebacker Boomer Mays is the Huskies top tackler (31), while LB Jamaal Payton leads in TFL (3.0).