Scores

Final

Idaho 34

(3-1)

N Illinois 31

(2-2, 1-1 home)

3:30 PM ET, September 26, 2009

Huskie Stadium, DEKALB, IL

1 2 3 4 T
IDHO 0 21 7 634
NIU 3 10 3 1531

Top Performers

Passing: N. Enderle (IDHO) - 270 YDS, 3 TD

Rushing: D. Woolridge (IDHO) - 18 CAR, 144 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Cox (NIU) - 5 REC, 53 YDS, 1 TD

Idaho 34, N. Illinois 31

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. -- Quarterback Nathan Enderle threw three first-half touchdown passes, but his biggest contribution came late when he helped run down the clock as Idaho slammed the door on a late Northern Illinois comeback to claim a 34-31 non-conference victory Saturday.

The Huskies (2-2) scored twice in less than three minutes to cut the margin to 34-31 with 5:51 to play. But Idaho (3-1) marched back from its own 20 to inside the Northern Illinois 10 to run out the final minutes.

NIU cut the margin to 34-23 with 8:25 to play on Chandler Harnish's 4-yard touchdown pass to Landon Cox.

The Huskies got the ball back four plays later when they blocked a punt inside the Idaho 5-yard line and recovered at the 1. One play later, running back Me?Co Brown ran in for a score and added a two-point conversion.

Enderle then guided the Vandals on an 11-play drive to finish the game.

Idaho claimed a 7-3 lead on a 26-yard second-quarter pass play from Enderle to Daniel Hardy and never trailed again. Enderle also threw second-quarter scoring strikes of 21 yards to Deonte Jackson and 58 yards to Princeton McCarty on the way to a 21-13 halftime lead.

De?Maundray Woolridge added a 1-yard third-quarter touchown run and rushed for a game-high 144 yards on 19 carries. Vandals kicker Trey Farquhar hit second-half field goals of 33 and 40 yards.

The Huskies, playing in their 1,000th intercollegiate football game, led 3-0 after one quarter on Mike Salerno's field goal. Salerno added a 50-yarder as time expired in the first half and added a 25-yarder in the third.

Enderle was 18 of 23 for 270 yards, with Eric Greenwood, Preston Davis and Maurice Shaw catching three passes apiece. Harnish was 17 of 23 for 184 yards, and he rushed for another 62 yards. Cox caught five passes for 53 yards.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
IDHO
NIU
1st Downs2418
Total Yards477312
Passing270184
Rushing207128
Penalties5-546-69
3rd Down Conversions8-134-10
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers00
Possession34:1325:47

Passing Leaders

IdahoC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Enderle18/2327011.730
Northern IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Harnish17/231848.020

Rushing Leaders

IdahoCARYDSAVGTDLG
Woolridge191437.5142
McCarty11524.7021
Northern IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harnish13624.8029
Brown12463.8113

Receiving Leaders

IdahoRECYDSAVGTDLG
Greenwood36722.3026
McCarty15858.0158
Northern IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cox55310.6129
Spann23216.0027

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERIDHONIU
FG08:57Mike Salerno 23 Yd 03
SECOND QUARTERIDHONIU
TD13:07Daniel Hardy 26 Yd Pass From Nathan Enderle (Trey Farquhar Kick) 73
TD05:34Deonte' Jackson 21 Yd Pass From Nathan Enderle (Trey Farquhar Kick) 143
TD01:50Willie Clark 7 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 1410
TD00:47Princeton McCarty 58 Yd Pass From Nathan Enderle (Trey Farquhar Kick) 2110
FG00:00Mike Salerno 50 Yd 2113
THIRD QUARTERIDHONIU
TD07:59DeMaundray Woolridge 1 Yd Run (Trey Farquhar Kick) 2813
FG03:12Mike Salerno 25 Yd 2816
FOURTH QUARTERIDHONIU
FG14:41Trey Farquhar 33 Yd 3116
FG11:30Trey Farquhar 40 Yd 3416
TD08:25Landon Cox 4 Yd Pass From Chandler Harnish (Mike Salerno Kick) 3423
TD05:51Me'co Brown 1 Yd Run (Me'Co Brown Run For Two-Point Conversion) 3431