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.
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.
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.