Northern Illinois vs. Eastern Michigan - Postgame Notes
Nov. 25, 2011
***With today's victory over Eastern Michigan completing a 9-3 regular season and 7-1 Mid-American Conference record, the Huskies claimed their second-consecutive MAC West Division Championship and punched their third ticket to Detroit in the last seven years. All three appearances have come under the direction of a different head coach in Dave Doeren in 2011; Jerry Kill in 2010 and Joe Novak in 2005. Northern Illinois will meet Ohio at Ford Field in the Mid-American Conference Championship game, Dec. 2. The Huskies fell to Miami (Ohio), 26-21, in the MAC title game a year ago.
***With its 15th straight victory in Huskie Stadium, NIU set a new school record for consecutive wins in the facility. The Huskies went 6-0 on Brigham Field in 2011. Northern Illinois' last loss at home occurred on Sept. 26, 2009, a 34-31 defeat versus Idaho. NIU also won its 11th straight Mid-American Conference home game and has not lost to a MAC opponent at home since Nov. 12, 2008, a 33-30 overtime setback to Central Michigan. The current streak began Oct. 3, 2009 with a 38-6 win over Central Michigan.
***NIU won its seventh straight game, the second consecutive season NIU has had a streak of at least seven games. The Huskies had a nine-game winning streak last season.
***Chandler Harnish has 1,351 rushing yards on the season, the 10th-most in a single season in school history. He raised his rushing yards per game average to 112.6. Harnish also passed Chad Spann to take over eighth place on the career rushing yardage list as he now has 2,955 career yards on 516 carries.
***Chandler Harnish moved into a tie for third on the NIU single season chart for touchdown passes. Harnish entered the game with a career-high 22 TD passes this season and threw one in the game.
***Chandler Harnish has now claimed the school single season record for touchdowns responsible for with 34. Harnish ran for one score and passed for another to pass George Borks' 1963 total of 33 TDs responsible for.
***Northern Illinois recorded a safety for the first time this season when Sean Progar tackled EMU running back Dominique Sherrer in the end zone in the second quarter. NIU's last safety came at Ball State a year ago when Jake Coffman tackled the Cardinals' back in the end zone.
***NIU's 12-point total in the first half was its lowest in a half since Northern Illinois scored just 10 points in the first half at Central Michigan.
***NIU quarterback Harnish recorded his fourth straight 100-yard rushing game with 148 yards on 17 carries, capped by a 68-yard touchdown run with 12 seconds left in the third quarter.
***Northern Illinois had not surrendered a touchdown to Eastern Michigan since the 2007 game (21-19 EMU), a streak that spanned over 239 minutes (15 quarters). The Eagles Nick Olds' fourth quarter touchdown catch snapped the NIU streak.
***Chandler Harnish's 68-yard touchdown run was the Huskies longest run of the season, surpassing sophomore quarterback Jordan Lynch's 66 yard run against Western Michigan (Oct. 15). It was the second-longest run of Harnish's career, dating back to last season when he had a 69-yard dash versus Toledo.
***Northern Illinois recorded 286 total yards and Eastern Michigan registered 280, a combined output of 566 yards. NIU entered today's contest averaging 506.5 yards per game.
***The Northern Illinois defense surrendered 280 offensive yards, the Huskies second-lowest total this season. NIU only allowed 64 yards to Kent State on Oct. 8.
***The Huskies recorded 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 54 yards. 6.5 of those tackles came from the Huskies front four defensive lineman. Sean Progar and Ron Newcomb each had two tackles for loss, respectively.
***NIU punter Ryan Neir recorded the longest punt of his career in the second quarter. Kicking with the wind, Neir booted a 54 yard punt that was downed at the one yard line by the special teams unit.
***The Eagles only scored 12 points, the second fewest allowed by the Northern Illinois defense this season. The Huskies surrendered 10 points against Kent State (Oct. 8).
***Jordan Delegal led the Huskies in tackles with a career-high 10 against the Eagles, surpassing his old mark of eight at Buffalo earlier this season (Oct. 22).
***The Huskies 11 first downs today tied their lowest mark of the season with their 11 versus Wisconsin (Sept. 17).
***The Northern Illinois offense accounted for 286 yards of total offense and quarterback Chandler Harnish was responsible for 246 of those. The rest of the offense accounted for 40 yards.
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