NIU vs. Cal Poly -- Postgame Notes

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Sept. 24, 2011

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NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL 2011
Cal Poly vs. Northern Illinois – September 24, 2011
Huskie Stadium – DeKalb, Illinois

NIU Postgame Notes

*** Kicker Mat Sims started the Huskies’ scoring with a 22-yard field goal, the first three-pointer of the year for NIU, and later in the game made a career long 44-yard attempt. Sims’ previous long was a 23-yard field goal versus North Dakota last season. Sims had missed his only previous three-point try this year, a 42-yard attempt versus Wisconsin.

***True freshman Tommylee Lewis made his Northern Illinois debut on the opening kickoff which he returned for 24 yards, and then scored his first career touchdown on his first career carry on a nine-yard run in the second quarter.  

***Huskie quarterback Chandler Harnish broke the NIU career record for Touchdowns Responsible For with one rushing and two passing TDs on Saturday.  Harnish tied Huskie great George Bork’s (1960-63) record with his 65th career score on a 29-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.  He broke the record when he hit Perez Ashford with a three-yard touchdown throw.  Harnish now has  49 passing and 18 rushing scores all-time for a total of 67 TDs Responsible For. Bork had five rushing and 60 passing scores during his NIU career.

***Chandler Harnish recorded his sixth career 100-yard rushing day Saturday with 118 yards on 13 carries. Harnish went over the 100-yard mark for the first time since Nov. 9, 2010, when he collected 149 rushing yards on 13 carries versus Toledo.

***With 187 yards passing on 18-of-21 completions, Harnish passed Chris Finlen for second place on the Huskies’ all-time chart for passing yards.  He now has 6,589 passing yards to pass Finlen (1997-2001) who had 6,551 yards.  Harnish needs 194 passing yards to break George Bork’s NIU career record of 6,782.  

***Harnish has moved up to 15th on the Huskies’ all-time rushing yardage chart with 1,889 career yards on 383 carries.

***NIU had eight different players combine for 51 carries on the ground – a season-high (47 by seven players, previous best versus Army 9/13)

***The Huskies (2-2) matched their record through four games in each of the last three years.

***Northern Illinois ran for a season-high of 355 yards.  The last time NIU ran for more yards was when the Huskies totaled 544 yards on the ground versus Eastern Michigan a year ago (11/26/2010).

***NIU had two players surpass the 100-yard mark in rushing yards for the first time since Nov. 26, 2010 when Jasmin Hopkins (104) and Jordan Lynch (142) each went over the century mark.  On Saturday, it was Hopkins (143 yards) and quarterback Chandler Harnish (118 yards) who combined for 261 rushing yards, the 13th best combined total in NIU history.

***Jasmin Hopkins ran for 143 yards on 22 carries, both career-highs.  The senior’s previous career best was 138 yards versus Army in the 2011 season opener.  He recorded his third career 100-yard rushing day.

*** Freshman tight end Tim Semisch recorded his first career reception and his first career touchdown with a seven-yard reception in the fourth quarter.

***Senior wide receiver DeMarcus Grady made his first career catch on a 24-yard reception.  

***The Huskies scored 40-plus points for the third time in four outings this season and are averaging 36.2 points per game in 2011.  A year ago, NIU averaged a school record 38 points per game.

*** Northern Illinois allowed just 75 yards passing, the lowest total by a Huskie opponent this season as Cal Poly also recorded the lowest pass attempts (11) and completions (6) by an NIU foe this year.

***NIU had a season-high time of possession of 30:18.

***Akeem Daniels ran eight times 48 yards, a career-high in rushing attempts.

***Northern Illinois won its 11th straight Huskie Stadium home game.  NIU’s last loss at home came on Sept. 26, 2009 versus Idaho.

***Junior Perez Ashford scored the first receiving touchdown of career on a three-yard catch.  Ashford, entered the game with 40 career catches and has a return TD to his credit but had never scored a receiving TD.

***Courtney Stephen partially blocked a punt in the first quarter, the second punt block by a Huskie player this year.  Stephen was also involved in the first block as he recovered the block and returned it for a score versus Army.