Oct. 1, 2011
Chandler Harnish broke the Northern Illinois career record for passing yardage Saturday. Harnish entered the game needing 194 passing yards to break George Bork's career mark of 6,782 yards, set between 1960-63. He broke the record on a 27-yard completion to DeMarcus Grady late in the first half. Harnish finished the game with a career-high 370 yards on 27-of-50 passing and now has 6,959 passing yards for his career.
Harnish's 370 passing yards and 50 attempts were both single game career bests for the senior. His previous high in passing yards was 326 in his very first game as a starter, at Minnesota on Aug. 30, 2008. His previous high in attempts was 40 on Dec. 28, 2009 versus Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl. His 27 completions Saturday tied his 27 completions at Kansas earlier this season as a career high.
Harnish also broke the NIU record for most total plays in a career. The record was previously held by Marshall Taylor (1985-88) who totaled 1,247 plays. Harnish had 68 plays today (18 rushing and 50 passing) and now has 1,274 for his career.
Chandler Harnish's 462 yards of total offense Saturday is the second-highest single game total in school history. Harnish had 370 yards passing and 92 rushing yards. That total is bettered only by Phil Horvath's school record 477 yards of total offense on Sept. 24, 2005 versus Akron. Harnish's total for the game was obviously a career high for the senior.
Sophomore kicker Mathew Sims had his career highs in field goals made (4), attempted (6) and points scored (15). His 15 points tied last year's season high kicking points (also versus CMU), his four field goals tied the third-most made in an NIU game while his six field goals attempted tied for the second-most in a single game and matched last year's number versus CMU.
Central Michigan's 48 points is the most NIU has given up in a MAC game since Toledo scored 70 points versus NIU on Oct. 27, 2007 in a 70-21 win. CMU's 48 points ties for the 7th most scored against Northern Illinois in a MAC game.
Redshirt freshman receiver Da'Ron Brown had his career-highs in both receptions and receiving yard Saturday with five for 63. His previous high was 46 yards vs. Wisconsin.
The Huskies saw their eight-game winning streak in MAC regular season games snapped. NIU had not lost a MAC regular season game since the 2009 season finale at Central Michigan (45-31).
Northern Illinois lost at Kelly/Shorts Stadium for the third straight time. NIU's last win at CMU came in 2005.
NIU's Martel Moore collected the first 100-yard receiving day of the season by a Huskie receiver this season with six catches for 130 yards. Moore was the last Huskie receiver to go over the 100-yard mark in receiving yards as he had 110 yards on four receptions versus Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game.
Junior Perez Ashford established new career highs for both catches (8) and receiving yards (87).
Jas Hopkins scored the first receiving TD of his NIU career while his three catches for 20 yards also established a career best. Prior to Saturday, Hopkins' career totals were four catches for 15 yards.
Freshman walk-on Rob Sterling made his NIU debut playing on kickoff coverage and kickoff return teams. He returned a bouncing kickoff 14 yards in the game.
Freshman kick returner Tommylee Lewis had a career long 36-yard kickoff return in the second half.
NIU kicker Tyler Wedel recorded his first touchback of the year on a kickoff.