Huskie Stadium -- DeKalb, Ill
Central Michigan bounced back from a lopsided loss to Western Michigan the previous week with a 24-21 win over Ball State last Saturday. The Chippewas twice led by 10 points, but they could not shake BSU.
Northern Illinois, meanwhile, came up short on its upset big of undefeated Western Michigan, 45-30, last week. The Huskies are in search of their second win for 2016.
Here is more on the two teams:
► Quarterback Andrew Maddie rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries and scored a touchdown last week. It was the second consecutive 100-yard rushing performance. He had 160 yards against Ball State the previous week.
► Maddie also completed 14 of 30 passes for 224 yards with one TD and two interceptions against WMU. The senior owns a 58.6 completion percentage on the season. His 2016 numbers include four TD passes and three interceptions.
► NIU ranks eighth among MAC teams in scoring (27.2 ppg) and 11th in scoring defense (37.8 ppg).
► Northern’s strength on offense has been the ground game. The Huskies rank second in rushing offense (225.3 ypg). They are fifth in pass offense (247.5 ypg).
► NIU is among the bottom three of MAC teams in both rushing defense (11th, 223.7 ypg) and passing defense (10th, 275.7 ypg).
► Linebacker Sean Folliard registered a team-high 11 tackles against WMU. Junior Bobby Jones paces the Huskie defenders with 49 tackles, including 4.5 tfl.
► DB Mycial Allen has registered 39 tackles and has one interception.
► NIU will be home in DeKalb for the next three games and then face Toledo in the Huskie Chi-Town Showdown.
► Joel Bouagnon leads NIU rushing on the season with 77 caries for 412 yards. Kenny Golladay is the receiving leader, having grabbed 42 passes for 655 yards with six TDs. Although he turned five catches into 99 yards last week, the Broncos managed to keep Golladay out of the end zone for the second time this year.
CENTRAL MICHIGAN CHIPPEWAS (4-2, 1-1 MAC)
► Senior quarterback Cooper Rush has completed 62.5 percent of his passes on the year. He has thrown 15 TDs against five interceptions and is fifth in among MAC QBs in pass efficiency.
► Devon Spalding, who leads the Chippewas rushing, had a big game against Ball State last week, gaining 157 yards on 23 carries for a 6.8 ypc average. He also scored his second TD of the season.
► Jahray Hayes leads rushers with four TDs. Jonathan Ward added 30 carries for 177 yards and a pair of scores to the Chippewas cause.
► Senior kicker Brian Eavey has converted 3 of 7 field goal tries.
► LB Malik Fountain has 40 tackles with 3.5 sacks, while DB Amari Coleman leads the MAC with three interceptions – two returned for touchdowns.