NCAA Game Summary - Idaho at Northern Illinois|
(Saturday, September 26th)
Final Score: Idaho 34, Northern Illinois 31
DeKalb, IL (Sports Network) - Nathan Enderle threw for 270 yards and three
touchdowns to lead the Idaho Vandals to a 34-31 win over the Northern Illinois
Huskies in non-conference action at Huskies Stadium.
Enderle converted 18-of-23 passing for the Vandals (3-1) as they picked up
their second straight win and their third of the season overall. Also having a
strong outing for Idaho was running back DeMaundray Woolridge who gained a
game-high 143 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.
The Huskies (2-2) were paced by Chandler Harnish who hit on 17-of-23 passing
for 184 yards and two scores in the losing effort. Harnish added a team-best
62 yards rushing on 13 carries as well.
NIU opened the day's scoring with a 23-yard field goal by Mike Salerno at the
8:57 mark of the first quarter.
Trailing by three heading into the second frame, the Vandals posted a pair of
touchdowns as Enderle hit Daniel Hardy and Deonte Jackson with 26- and 21-yard
scoring strikes to make the score 14-3.
The teams combined for a flurry of scoring opportunities in the last two
minutes of the first half, beginning with a seven-yard passing score from
Harnish to Willie Clark to cut the lead to 14-10.
Barely a minute later, Enderle found Princeton McCarty with a 58-yard passing
TD to push the Vandals back out to a 21-10 edge, before Salerno made good on a
50-yard field goal as time expired for NIU.
With a one-yard TD run by Woolridge in the third quarter Idaho grabbed a 28-13
advantage, but again Salerno responded for the Huskies with a 25-yard field
Kicker Trey Farquhar got into the act for the Vandals when he knocked through
kicks of 33 and 40 yards in the fourth quarter, providing the visitors with a
The Huskies closed the gap later in the period as Harnish hit Landon Cox with
a four-yard TD pass and Me'co Brown hit the end zone on a one-yard run, but
even with a successful two-point conversion by Brown it still left the home
team with the three-point setback.
Idaho controlled the ball for more than 20 minutes in the second half and
limited Northern Illinois to just 312 yards of total offense on the afternoon.
09/26 21:18:31 ET