Scores

Final

E Michigan 24

(0-2, 0-1 away)

Northwestern 27

(2-0, 2-0 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

Ryan Field, EVANSTON, IL

1 2 3 4 T
EMU 0 3 7 1424
NW 7 14 0 627

Top Performers

Passing: A. Schmitt (EMU) - 148 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: D. Priest (EMU) - 17 CAR, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Stone (EMU) - 7 REC, 61 YDS, 1 TD

Northwestern needs last-second FG to thwart E. Michigan

Associated Press

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Stefan Demos kicked a 49-yard field goal in the closing seconds, and Northwestern escaped with a 27-24 victory over Eastern Michigan after blowing a 21-point lead Saturday.

Eastern Michigan had just tied it on a 3-yard run by Terrence Blevins with 2:40 remaining, but instead of an upset, the Wildcats (2-0) prevailed.

Northwestern took over on the 42 and drove to the Eastern Michigan 25 before being pushed back to the 50 on a pass-interference call. Mike Kafka then hit Andrew Brewer with an 8-yard pass and a 10-yarder before overthrowing him deep along the left side on third down.

Eastern (0-2) called time with 11 seconds left but couldn't ice Demos, who drove the ball between the uprights and then got mobbed by teammates near the sideline.

Brian Peters then intercepted a deep pass at the Northwestern 33, and with that, the Wildcats could exhale.

Stephen Simmons rushed for 73 yards and two touchdowns, while Jacob Schmidt ran for 61. Kafka completed 14 of 24 passes for 158 yards and had an interception, and that was just enough for the Wildcats to prevail.

Eastern's Dwayne Priest ran for 127 yards and a touchdown, but the Eagles fell to 0-25 against the Big Ten.

Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald hoped to see a more sustained effort after a 47-14 rout over Towson last week in which the Wildcats appeared to let up after jumping to a 30-0 lead.

This was not what he had in mind.

Northwestern led 21-0 early in the second quarter after two touchdown runs by Simmons and a 70-yard interception return by Ben Johnson, and it was 21-3 at the half.

But Eastern Michigan refused to go quietly, and the Eagles looked like they just might pull off their first win under new coach Ron English while breaking their skid against the Big Ten. As dramatic as the comeback was, the result was familiar.

Things got really interesting early in the fourth quarter, right after Demos kicked a 20-yard field goal that made it 24-10.

Eastern Michigan's Marty Cardwell recovered a fumbled punt by Brendan Smith at the Northwestern 35, and Andy Schmitt found Jacory Stone for a 25-yard TD pass that made it a seven-point game.

Northwestern then drove to the Eagles' 25 before Ryan Downard picked off Kafka.

Eastern took over on its 21, and Dwayne Priest immediately broke off a 35-yard run, sparking a drive that culminated with a 3-yard run by Blevins that tied it 24-24 with 2:40 remaining.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
EMU
NW
1st Downs1722
Total Yards320343
Passing148158
Rushing172185
Penalties8-765-56
3rd Down Conversions2-109-16
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers23
Possession30:4429:16

Passing Leaders

Eastern MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Schmitt20/281485.312
NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Kafka14/241586.601

Rushing Leaders

Eastern MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Priest171277.5135
Blevins9293.219
NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Simmons13735.6214
Schmidt13614.7010

Receiving Leaders

Eastern MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Stone7618.7125
Priest22814.0024
NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dunsmore24824.0028
Markshausen23819.0022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEREMUNW
TD06:38Stephen Simmons 1 Yd Run (Stefan Demos Kick) 07
SECOND QUARTEREMUNW
TD12:33Stephen Simmons 14 Yd Run (Stefan Demos Kick) 014
TD09:08Ben Johnson 70 Yd Interception Return (Stefan Demos Kick) 021
FG03:32Joe Carithers 33 Yd 321
THIRD QUARTEREMUNW
TD04:33Dwayne Priest 1 Yd Run (Joe Carithers Kick) 1021
FOURTH QUARTEREMUNW
FG12:57Stefan Demos 20 Yd 1024
TD09:55Jacory Stone 25 Yd Pass From Andy Schmitt (Joe Carithers Kick) 1724
TD02:40Terrence Blevins 3 Yd Run (Joe Carithers Kick) 2424
FG00:06Stefan Demos 49 Yd 2427