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Central Michigan tops Northern Illinois 45-31

Nov 27, 2009 - 9:27 PM MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.(AP) -- Dan LeFevour threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns in the final home game of his record-setting career, leading Central Michigan to a 45-31 victory against Northern Illinois on Friday.

The Chippewas (10-2, 8-0 Mid-American Conference), who wrapped up the MAC West title last week, head to the conference championship game to face Ohio University at Ford Field in Detroit next Friday. CMU finished unbeaten in conference play for the first time in school history.

Bryan Anderson caught three passes for Central Michigan to set an NCAA all-divisions record with at least one reception in 52 straight games. The previous record of 51 was held by Tauren Henderson of Texas Tech and Michael Larkin of Miami of Ohio.

Bryan Schroeder rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries for Central Michigan and also had a 13-yard touchdown reception on a screen pass from LeFevour in the first quarter to open the scoring.

After exchanging field goals, Central Michigan extended its lead over the Huskies (7-5, 5-3) to 17-3 when LeFevour found Kito Poblah for a 16-yard touchdown pass.

LeFevour, who in his four seasons as a starter at CMU has rewritten the school record book, finished 27 of 41 in his final game at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Northern Illinois scored its first touchdown of the game with 5:12 left in the first half when Landon Cox scored on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Chandler Harnish to cut the score to 17-10.

But the Chippewas answered with a 78-yard, 13-play drive, capped by Schroeder's 5-yard TD run to make it 24-10 at halftime.

The second half opened with Schroeder scoring on an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. The run was the longest of Schroeder's career and gave him a new career high in rushing yards for a game.

LeFevour threw his third touchdown pass to Anderson for 16 yards in the third quarter to put the Chippewas ahead 38-10.

The touchdown pass was the 99th of LeFevour's career, one behind Marshall's Chad Pennington for the MAC record of 100.

Northern Illinois scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with Patrick George intercepting Central Michigan backup quarterback Ryan Radcliff and returning it 80 yards for a touchdown.

Chad Spann added a 6-yard touchdown run to make it 38-24.

CMU senior defensive end Frank Zombo capped the scoring for CMU with 27-yard interception return.

Harnish added a 7-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lewis and finished 17 of 28 for 206 yards.

Spann rushed for 76 yards on 15 carries.






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    Northern Illinois 31, Central Michigan 45  FinalNov 27 4:44 PM


  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0 10 0 21 31
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 10 14 14 7 45 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CENTRL MICHIGAN - TD, BRYAN SCHROEDER 13 YD
    PASS FROM DAN LEFEVOUR
    (ANDREW AGUILA KICK), 4:33.
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 7-0
    CENTRL MICHIGAN - FG, ANDREW AGUILA 24 YD,
    14:04. CENTRL MICHIGAN 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: NORTHN

    Nov 27 4:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    MARCUS LEWIS 7 YD PASS FROM CHANDLER HARNISH
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 31
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 45 2:03 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Northern Illinois 31, Central Michigan 45  4th - 2:03Nov 27 4:03 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CENTRL MICHIGAN
    FRANK ZOMBO 27 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (ANDREW AGUILA KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 24
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 45 3:58 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Northern Illinois 24, Central Michigan 45  4th - 3:58Nov 27 3:58 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    CHAD SPANN 6 YD RUN
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 24
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 38 8:25 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Northern Illinois 24, Central Michigan 38  4th - 8:25Nov 27 3:43 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 17
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 38 12:50 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Northern Illinois 17, Central Michigan 38  4th - 12:50Nov 27 3:33 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0 10 0 10
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 10 14 14 38 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CENTRL MICHIGAN - TD, BRYAN SCHROEDER 13 YD
    PASS FROM DAN LEFEVOUR
    (ANDREW AGUILA KICK), 4:33.
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 7-0
    CENTRL MICHIGAN - FG, ANDREW AGUILA 24 YD,
    14:04. CENTRL MICHIGAN 10-0
    2ND Q

    Northern Illinois 10, Central Michigan 38  End of 3rdNov 27 3:33 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    PATRICK GEORGE 80 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 17
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 38 12:50 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Northern Illinois 17, Central Michigan 38  4th - 12:50Nov 27 3:33 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CENTRL MICHIGAN
    BRYAN ANDERSON 16 YD PASS FROM DAN LEFEVOUR
    (ANDREW AGUILA KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 10
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 38 7:45 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Northern Illinois 10, Central Michigan 38  3rd - 7:45Nov 27 3:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 10
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 31 14:43 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Northern Illinois 10, Central Michigan 31  3rd - 14:43Nov 27 2:53 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0 10 10
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 10 14 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CENTRL MICHIGAN - TD, BRYAN SCHROEDER 13 YD
    PASS FROM DAN LEFEVOUR
    (ANDREW AGUILA KICK), 4:33.
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 7-0
    CENTRL MICHIGAN - FG, ANDREW AGUILA 24 YD,
    14:04. CENTRL MICHIGAN 10-0
    2ND QUARTER:

    Northern Illinois 10, Central Michigan 24  HalfNov 27 2:53 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CENTRL MICHIGAN
    BRYAN SCHROEDER 80 YD RUN
    (ANDREW AGUILA KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 10
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 31 14:43 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Northern Illinois 10, Central Michigan 31  3rd - 14:43Nov 27 2:53 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CENTRL MICHIGAN
    BRYAN SCHROEDER 5 YD RUN
    (ANDREW AGUILA KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 10
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 24 0:48 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Northern Illinois 10, Central Michigan 24  2nd - 0:48Nov 27 2:23 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD NORTHN ILLINOIS
    LANDON COX 32 YD PASS FROM CHANDLER HARNISH
    (MIKE SALERNO KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 10
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 17 5:12 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Northern Illinois 10, Central Michigan 17  2nd - 5:12Nov 27 2:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CENTRL MICHIGAN
    KITO POBLAH 16 YD PASS FROM DAN LEFEVOUR
    (ANDREW AGUILA KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 3
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 17 6:29 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Northern Illinois 3, Central Michigan 17  2nd - 6:29Nov 27 2:03 PM


  • NCAAF
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 3
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 10 9:27 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Northern Illinois 3, Central Michigan 10  2nd - 9:27Nov 27 1:53 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0 0
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 10 10 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CENTRL MICHIGAN - TD, BRYAN SCHROEDER 13 YD
    PASS FROM DAN LEFEVOUR
    (ANDREW AGUILA KICK), 4:33.
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 7-0
    CENTRL MICHIGAN - FG, ANDREW AGUILA 24 YD,
    14:04. CENTRL MICHIGAN 10-0

    Northern Illinois 0, Central Michigan 10  End of 1stNov 27 1:53 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG NORTHN ILLINOIS
    MIKE SALERNO 30 YD
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 3
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 10 9:27 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Northern Illinois 3, Central Michigan 10  2nd - 9:27Nov 27 1:53 PM
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    Northern Illinois 0, Central Michigan 10  1st - 0:56Nov 27 1:38 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG CENTRL MICHIGAN
    ANDREW AGUILA 24 YD
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 10 0:56 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Northern Illinois 0, Central Michigan 10  1st - 0:56Nov 27 1:38 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD CENTRL MICHIGAN
    BRYAN SCHROEDER 13 YD PASS FROM DAN LEFEVOUR
    (ANDREW AGUILA KICK)
    NORTHN ILLINOIS 0
    CENTRL MICHIGAN 7 10:27 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Northern Illinois 0, Central Michigan 7  1st - 10:27Nov 27 1:13 PM