Northern Illinois-Ball State Post-game Notes



Nov. 12, 2009

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***The Huskies improved their record 7-3, 5-1 in Mid-American Conference play. NIU is four games above .500 for the first time since Dec. 30, 2004, when NIU was 9-3 after winning the Silicon Valley Classic, 34-21, over Troy. Northern Illinois has won seven games for the first time since the 2006 season and is at seven wins on Nov. 12, the earliest it has reached that mark since 2004 (Oct. 30).

***Northern Illinois has won four straight games for the first time since 2006, when the Huskies earned four consecutive wins from Sept. 16-Oct. 8.

***The Huskies won for the first time in the Jerry Kill era without rushing for at least 200 yards. The Huskies ran for 134 yards on 37 carries. It is the first time NIU has run for less than 200 yards and won since Sept. 29, 2007.

***On a night honoring 17 NIU seniors playing their final game at Huskie Stadium, seniors accounted for 18 of Northern Illinois' 26 points. Two Huskie seniors (Preston Williams and Marcus Lewis) caught their first touchdowns in the Cardinal and Black.

***NIU quarterbacks Chandler Harnish and DeMarcus Grady combined to go 13-for-14 passing for 91 yards and one touchdown to set a new school team record for highest completion percentage in a game. The Huskie QBs completed 92.8 percent of their passes, breaking the old record of 86.4 percent (19-of-22) set versus Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 5, 2005. The only incompletion thrown by an NIU quarterback was a pick by Grady in the second quarter.

***Senior receiver Preston Williams scored his first career touchdown on the first catch of his Huskie career when he grabbed a nine-yard pass from DeMarcus Grady on NIU's first drive.



***Chad Spann scored his 16th rushing touchdown of the year (he has 17 total scores with one receiving) and is now tied for sixth on NIU's single season rushing chart.

***Northern Illinois recorded its first safety of the season, and first since last year's Eastern Michigan game (9-27-08). D.J. Pirkle sacked the Ball State quarterback Tanner Justice at the two yard line, and BSU tailback MiQuale Lewis recovered the fumble in the endzone where he was stopped by Jake Coffman.

***Senior receiver Marcus Lewis caught the first touchdown pass of his career in the third quarter on a six-yard reception from Chandler Harnish.

***Receiver Nathan Palmer ran for 69 yards on three carries. He totaled 67 of those yards on two end around plays, helping him to the best rushing day of his career.

***Northern Illinois won the Bronze Stalk, a travelling trophy between the Huskies and Cardinals, for the first time. The trophy series is now tied 1-1, as BSU won the inaugural meeting 45-14 in Muncie, Ind.

***Quarterback Chandler Harnish started and played the position for most of the second half. In his first action since Oct. 17, Harnish completed 9-of-9 passes for 60 yards and a six-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lewis.

***Linebacker Pat Schiller had 12 tackles tonight, the most in his career and the most in a single game by an NIU player this season.

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