Mount Pleasant, Mich. (NWN) — Rocky Lombardi threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns and freshman Kanon Woodill advanced in less than a minute to go into his first collegiate action to give Northern Illinois a 39-38 win. Kicked the field goal. Central Michigan on Saturday.
Trayvon Rudolph kept the Huskies’ final drive alive with a 7-yard advantage from the reverse on the 4th and 1st in 50. Jay Ducker followed with a 26-yard run, and after four plays Woodill kicked a 26-yard field goal. 56 seconds left.
CMU reached the Huskies’ 22 with five seconds remaining and lined up for a field-goal effort that ended with a low snap.
NIU (6–2, 4–0) won for the fifth consecutive place and remained the only Mid-American team without a loss in conference play.
NIU came into the game with Mack’s top rushing offense and was in the passing yard for the last time. But against Central Michigan (4-4, 2-2), second in the rushing defense and last in the defense, the Huskies switched gears.
Trailing 35-18 in the third quarter, Lombardi and Rudolph connected on a 75-yard pass play, which began the Husky’s rally. They had a 36–35 lead after a 1-yard run from Clint Ratkovic in the fourth quarter, before Marshall Meader gave Chippewas his last lead on a 38-yard field goal with six minutes remaining.
Ducker finished with 183 yards on 31 carries, while Rudolph had 160 yards and two scores and a touchdown for Tyrese Ritchie 147 and NIU.
Daniel Richardson threw 289 yards and three scores for Central Michigan, with Kalil Pimpleton receiving 130 yards. Lew Nichols III had 192 yards on 22 carries with two scores.
The teams combined for an offense of 1,020 yards.
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