KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) -- Tim Hiller ran for a touchdown and threw for another in a 3:06 span of the fourth quarter, leading Western Michigan past Northern Illinois 29-26 on Saturday night.
Hiller finished 21-of-30 with three TDs and 186 yards passing with no interceptions for the Broncos (1-1, 1-0 Mid-American). He rushed for just 11 yards, but his 5-yard TD carry with 10:05 left put Western ahead for good, 20-19.
Hiller followed with a 2-point conversion pass to Juan Nunez before connecting with Austin Pritchard, normally a linebacker, on a 1-yard TD.
Dan Nicholson threw for 239 yards and a touchdown for Northern Illinois (0-2, 0-1) in relief of Chandler Harnish, a freshman who threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns in his debut last week at Minnesota. Harnish threw for 58 yards in the Huskies' opening drive Saturday before leaving the game with a foot injury in the first quarter.
A third Northern Illinois quarterback, DeMarcus Grady, ran for 43 yards and a TD.
Brandon West ran for a career-high 175 yards, including 141 in the second half, for Western Michigan. Hamarko Simmons caught 8 passes for 102 yards and preserved the Broncos' victory by recovering an onside kick with 33 seconds left to play.
Defensive end Zach Davidson had two of Western Michigan's four sacks.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday he has informed competing quarterbacks Jake Rudock and Shane Morris of his decision on a starter for the Wolverines' opener Thursday night at Utah.
Michigan State quarterback and Heisman Trophy hopeful Connor Cook said he was disappointed his teammates didn't vote him among the team's three captains this season.
Former Oklahoma State return man and running back Ty Hill, who was dismissed from OSU's program after his arrest on domestic violence charges, has enrolled at West Alabama.
A months-old Facebook post has cost the Nebraska football stadium announcer his job one day after his hiring was announced.
UCLA junior cornerback Ishmael Adams has been suspended indefinitely following a robbery arrest early Sunday morning, coach Jim Mora said Tuesday.
No. 5 Michigan State will start redshirt freshman Vayante Copeland at one of its two cornerback spots Friday night at Western Michigan.