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Northern Illinois routs Western Michigan 38-3

Oct 4, 2009 - 12:21 AM DEKALB, Ill.(AP) -- Chad Spann rushed for three touchdowns while quarterback Chandler Harnish threw for another on Saturday as Northern Illinois opened its Mid-American Conference season with a 38-3 victory over Western Michigan.

The Huskies (3-2, 1-0) never trailed after opening the game with a 74-yard scoring drive. Harnish and wide receiver Nate Palmer combined on a 33-yard touchdown play.

Spann, who rushed for 132 yards on 22 carries, scored on runs of 1 and 20 yards in the second quarter.

On the opening play of the third quarter, strong safety Patrick George intercepted Western Michigan quarterback Tim Hiller and returned the ball 32 yards to the Bronco 12. Two plays later, Spann scored his third TD and 10th of the season on a 5-yard run.

Western Michigan (2-3, 1-1) was limited to a 40-yard John Potter field goal in the second quarter.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 0 3 0 0 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 14 10 7 38 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTHN ILLINOIS - TD, NATHAN PALMER 33 YD
    PASS FROM CHANDLER HARNISH
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK), 4:29.
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: WESTRN MICHIGAN - FG, JOHN POTTER 40 YD,
    0:47. NORTHN ILLINOIS 7-3
    NORTHN IL

    Oct 3 6:24 PM
  • 10
    roots
    #1 Cards Fan Added 10 roots

    Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 38  4th - 11:17Oct 3 6:14 PM


  • NCAAF
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 38 11:17 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 38  4th - 11:17Oct 3 6:04 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 0 3 0 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 14 10 31 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTHN ILLINOIS - TD, NATHAN PALMER 33 YD
    PASS FROM CHANDLER HARNISH
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK), 4:29.
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: WESTRN MICHIGAN - FG, JOHN POTTER 40 YD,
    0:47. NORTHN ILLINOIS

    Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 31  End of 3rdOct 3 6:04 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    JAKE COFFMAN 79 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 38 14:47 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 38  4th - 14:47Oct 3 6:04 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG NORTHN ILLINOIS
    MIKE SALERNO 22 YD
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 31 3:59 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 31  3rd - 3:59Oct 3 5:44 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    CHAD SPANN 5 YD RUN
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 28 13:28 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 28  3rd - 13:28Oct 3 5:19 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 0 3 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 14 21 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTHN ILLINOIS - TD, NATHAN PALMER 33 YD
    PASS FROM CHANDLER HARNISH
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK), 4:29.
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7-0
    2ND QUARTER: WESTRN MICHIGAN - FG, JOHN POTTER 40 YD,
    0:47. NORTHN ILLINOIS 7-3
    NOR

    Oct 3 5:09 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    CHAD SPANN 20 YD RUN
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 21 1:17 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 21  2nd - 1:17Oct 3 4:49 PM


  • NCAAF
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 14:13 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 7  2nd - 14:13Oct 3 4:28 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 0 0
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: NORTHN ILLINOIS - TD, NATHAN PALMER 33 YD
    PASS FROM CHANDLER HARNISH
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK), 4:29.
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7-0

    Western Michigan 0, Northern Illinois 7  End of 1stOct 3 4:28 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    CHAD SPANN 1 YD RUN
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 14 7:53 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 14  2nd - 7:53Oct 3 4:28 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG WESTRN MICHIGAN
    JOHN POTTER 40 YD
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 3
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 14:13 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Western Michigan 3, Northern Illinois 7  2nd - 14:13Oct 3 4:28 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    NATHAN PALMER 33 YD PASS FROM CHANDLER HARNISH
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    WESTRN MICHIGAN 0
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 7 10:31 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Western Michigan 0, Northern Illinois 7  1st - 10:31Oct 3 3:53 PM