Northern Illinois Post Game Notes



Oct. 3, 2009

***Northern Illinois is 1-0 in the Mid-American Conference for the first time since the 2004 season. In each of the past four years, NIU has lost its first league game of the year.

***Northern Illinois recorded its first win over Western Michigan since 2005. That was also a 35-point decision for the Huskies (42-7).

***Northern Illinois improved its record on Homecoming to 64-29-10, including a 30-13-2 mark in Huskie Stadium. NIU has won 11 of its last 12 Homecoming contests.

***Tailback Chad Spann scored three touchdowns and now has 10 total on the year. He led the team with eight scores a year ago. Spann has nine rushing and one receiving score this season.

***Spann, who earned his first start this season and the third of his career, recorded his first career 100-yard rushing day with 132 yards on 22 carries.

***Junior Jake Coffman made his first career interception and returned it 79 yards for his first career touchdown. The play was the sixth-longest interception return in Northern Illinois history and the first INT return for a score since Bradley Pruitt had a 54-yard TD return versus Indiana State last year.

***NIU's three interceptions versus Western Michigan were the most for the Huskies since the 2008 Indiana State game (9/20/08).

***The Huskies did not commit a turnover Saturday, its second straight turnover-free game.

***The Huskies continue to excel in the "red zone". NIU score on all three of its ventures into the red zone Saturday and is 21-of-22 in the red zone this year with 14 TDs and seven field goals.

***Offensive lineman Jason Onyebuagu recorded his first career kickoff return, taking the short kickoff back seven yards to open the game.



***Chandler Harnish's 33-yard touchdown pass to Nathan Palmer in the first quarter was his longest TD pass of the season.

***Tommy Davis had a career long, and team-season best, 29-yard punt return in the third quarter.

***Kicker¬ Mike Salerno had a season-best three touchbacks on kickoffs and hit his eighth field goal of the season and 26th of his career (on 35 attempts). Salerno hit the upright on what would have been a Northern Illinois record 53-yard field goal try. He now ranks seventh all-time at NIU in field goals.

***Kiaree Daniels' interception was the first of his career and the first for Northern Illinois in three games, since Cory Hanson had a pair of pickoffs in the Wisconsin game.

***After entering the year with not a single player with 100 receiving yards on the season, Landon Cox and Kyle Skarb ended the game over that mark. After catching three passes for 14 yards on the day, Cox has 13 catches for 107 yards on the season. While Skarb's team-leading yardage total stands 121 yards on six grabs.

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