Nov. 21, 2009
***Garrett Barnas earned his first career carry on the game's first play. The safety lined up wide and came across to make the three-yard pick up. Later in the game he threw the first career pass of his NIU career out of the same set, an incompletion intended for Marcus Lewis.
***Huskies fell behind 14-0 for the first time since the Toledo game. NIU has scored first in six games this year and is 5-1 in those games. In games where its opponents score first, the Huskies are now 2-3. Northern Illinois scored the next two TDs to tie the score at halftime, 14-14.
***Chandler Harnish completed his first six passes in the game to give him 15 straight completions over the last two games as he went 9-of-9 versus Ball State in his return from injury. Harnish did not complete his final pass in the Toledo game in his last action prior to the Ball State game.
***Kyle Skarb caught his first touchdown pass of the year, and the third of his career, for the Huskies' first score. Skarb scored on a 23-yard catch-and run in the first quarter. Skarb, who has recorded career highs for catches and yards in 2009, caught touchdown passes versus Louisiana Tech (Independence Bowl) and Eastern Michigan a year ago. He finished with a career best 57 yards receiving on three catches.
***Chad Spann scored twice to add to his team-leading (and MAC-leading) touchdown totals. He added his 18th and 19th touchdowns of the season, and his 17th and 18th rushing scores, iof the year. Spann's rushing and overall TD totals this rank tied for fourth (rushing) and tied for third (total scores) on the school single-season charts. He has 26 career rushing scores and 27 total touchdowns. His 26 rushing scores are seventh on NIU"s career list while his 27 overall scores move him ahead of Thomas Hammock into sole possession of ninth place for his career.
***Jake Coffman recorded a pair of quarterback sacks in the game. The junior leads NIU with 7.5 sacks for and the he has 11 tackle for loss on the season.
***Northern Illinois totaled its top passing yardage day since the 2008 season opener versus Minnesota as Harnish completed 24 of 35 passes for 307 yards in the game. NIU's previous high for passing yards this season was 184 versus Idaho. The 300-yard game was the second of Harnish's career as he completed a career-best 24 passes to tie for the seventh most in NIU history. As a team, the Huskies also recorded their most pass attempts (24) and completions (38) on the year.
***Junior Landon Cox, the Huskies' leading receiver on the year, caught a career best 11 passes for 132 yards on the day to record the first 100-yard receiver by an NIU receiver this year and the first since Matt Simon had 131 yards on six catches versus Central Michigan last year. His receptions included a season-long 45-yard grab to tie for the longest pass reception by a Huskie player this year. Cox's previous highs were six catches (twice, earlier this season) for 84 yards (vs. Eastern Michigan). The 132 receiving yards is the most by a Huskie player since Nathan Palmer had 170 yards versus Minnesota last year.
***Senior Marcus Lewis caught a touchdown pass for the second consecutive game with a 26-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Lewis had never caught a touchdown pass prior to last week's senior night TD reception.
***Chandler Harnish totaled 348 yards of total offense in the game, the most in his Huskie career.
***Mike Salerno made his seventh straight field goal attempt and is now 17-of-22 on field goals this season. Salerno's last miss came versus Akron. Salerno scored seven points in the game with four PATs and is now tied with Vince Scott (1980-83) for fifth place on the Huskies' career list for points kicking.
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