Northern Illinois Post-Game Notes



Oct. 11, 2008

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Northern Illinois vs. Miami (Ohio)
Oct. 11, 2008 - Huskie Stadium - DeKalb, Ill.

NIU Postgame Notes

Northern Illinois recorded its third win and second MAC win of the 2008 season, eclipsing its 2007 totals in both categories.

Senior Marcus Perez caught four passes for 76 yards to lead the Huskies and now has 15 catches for 175 yards on the season. He has surpassed his 2007 season total for both catches and yards.

The last time NIU started three different quarterbacks in a season was in 1997 when the Huskies used sophomore Randall Foster (1 game), freshman Frisman Jackson (5 games) and freshman Chris Finlen (5 games).

Freshman running back Me'co Brown tallied the second 100-yard game of his career, and the best rushing day by an NIU back this year with 123 yards on 16 carries. Brown averaged 7.7 yards per carry.

Brown totaled 160 all-purpose yards on the day with 123 rushing, 33 on two punt returns and four receiving. That is a career-best for the Mississippi product.

Me'co Brown recorded the longest punt return of his career with a 19-yard return on Saturday and also had the longest rush of his NIU career, a 36-yard effort to set up NIU's go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter.

QB DeMarcus Grady had a career-long 28 yard run in the second quarter and ran for 43 yards on six carries in the game. Grady has rushed for 40-plus yards in four games for the Huskies this year.

Miami did not record a first down until the 10-minute mark of the second quarter.

Northern Illinois allowed a punt return touchdown for the first time since last year's Idaho game, when Keo Shiloh brought a punt back 100 yards.

NIU held an opponent to 13 points or less for the fourth straight game and the Huskie defense did not allow a touchdown (Miami's only score came on special teams) for the third time in the last four games.



For the first time this season, Northern Illinois did not turn the ball over on offense.

Sophomore receiver Landon Cox scored the first touchdown of his Huskie career on a three-yard pass reception in the second quarter.

S David Bryant led the Huskies in tackles for the third time this season with a career best nine stops. He now leads NIU in tackles on the season with 36.

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