Scores

Final

Bowling Green 13

(3-5, 1-3 MAC)

N Illinois 16

(5-3, 4-1 MAC)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:00 PM ET, October 25, 2008

Huskie Stadium, Dekalb, IL

1 2 3 4 T
BGSU 3 3 7 013
NIU 3 0 7 616

Top Performers

Passing: T. Sheehan (BGSU) - 92 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: C. Harnish (NIU) - 19 CAR, 113 YDS

Receiving: M. Parks (BGSU) - 1 REC, 18 YDS, 1 TD

N. Illinois 16, Bowling Green 13

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- Junior Mike Salerno kicked a 30-yard field goal with 12 seconds to play on Saturday to lift Northern Illinois to a 16-13 victory over Bowling Green.

Salerno converted on three of four field goal tries for the day as the Huskies (5-3, 4-1 Mid-American) won their third straight and fifth in their last six games.

The Falcons (3-5, 1-3 Mid-American) led 13-10 late in the third quarter following an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Tyler Sheehan to wide receiver Marques Parks.

Salerno forced a 13-13 tie with 8:08 left in regulation with a 25-yard field goal. He got his final chance when defender Landon Cox blocked Nick Iovinelli's punt and set up the Huskies at the Falcon 37 with 4:51 to play.

Northern Illinois chewed up more than four minutes and advanced 24 yards in seven plays to set up Salerno's game-winning try.

Chandler Harnish rushed 19 times for 116 yards to become the first Huskie quarterback with 100 or more rushing yards since 1990. Tailback Me'co Brown added 95 yards on 20 carries.

Sheehan was 15-of-21 yard 92 yards while Corey Partridge caught six passes for 21 yards. Tailback Anthony Turner rushed 10 times for a team-high 39 yards.

Bowling Green kicker Sinisa Vrvilo hit field first half field goals of 29 and 20 yards as the Falcons opened a 6-3 halftime lead.

Salerno tied a school record with his career-best 52-yard field goal early in the opening quarter. A 49-yard try just before halftime went wide left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BGSU
NIU
1st Downs1019
Total Yards168278
Passing9245
Rushing76233
Penalties2-152-21
3rd Down Conversions6-1210-16
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers12
Possession21:2338:37

Passing Leaders

Bowling GreenC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Sheehan15/21924.410
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish5/12453.802

Rushing Leaders

Bowling GreenCARYDSAVGTDLG
Turner10393.9012
Bullock7314.408
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harnish191135.9020
Brown20954.8014

Receiving Leaders

Bowling GreenRECYDSAVGTDLG
Partridge6213.5018
Turner3206.709
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Beal33411.3014
Brown11010.0010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBGSUNIU
FG10:33Mike Salerno 52 Yd 03
FG02:33Sinisa Vrvilo 29 Yd 33
SECOND QUARTERBGSUNIU
FG06:16Sinisa Vrvilo 20 Yd 63
THIRD QUARTERBGSUNIU
TD04:54Chad Spann 1 Yd Run (Mike Salerno Kick) 610
TD01:13Marques Parks 18 Yd Pass From Tyler Sheehan (Sinisa Vrvilo Kick) 1310
FOURTH QUARTERBGSUNIU
FG08:08Mike Salerno 25 Yd 1313
FG00:12Mike Salerno 30 Yd 1316