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NCAA Game Summary - Northwestern vs. Eastern Michigan

(Friday, October 19th)

Final Score: Northwestern 26, Eastern Michigan 14

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - C.J. Bacher ran for a touchdown and threw for another score, both in the final quarter, as Northwestern beat Eastern Michigan, 26-14, at Ford Field.

Omar Conteh ran for 122 yards and a touchdown for Northwestern. Bacher connected on 25-of-42 passes for 361 yards and was picked off once for the Wildcats (5-3), who won their third straight in advance of a game at Purdue next Saturday.

Kim Thompson caught five passes for 133 yards and a TD in the win.

Freshman Kyle McMahon, making his first collegiate start, ran for a pair of touchdowns for the Eagles. He connected on 28-of-48 passes for 282 yards, but was picked off three times as Eastern Michigan (2-6) lost its fourth in a row.

Tyler Jones had eight receptions for 104 yards, while Jacory Stone caught eight balls for 85 yards in defeat.

McMahon started in place of Andy Schmitt, who was out with a shoulder injury.

Bacher ran one yard to the end zone midway through the final quarter, expanding Northwestern's lead to 19-7.

McMahon came right back with a 19-yard scramble to the end zone less than three minutes later, but Thompson took a short pass from Bacher over the middle, broke a tackle and rumbled 71 yards for the score with 2:44 left to seal the victory for the Wildcats.

A Jacob Wyatt interception led to the first points of the game, as McMahon ran five yards for a TD midway through the opening quarter.

Northwestern came back with 13 unanswered points, starting when Amado Villarreal kicked a 25-yard field goal in the final minute of the first quarter.

Dontayo Gage returned the ensuing kickoff to the Northwestern 23, but EMU blew the scoring opportunity as Dwayne Priest fumbled. Conteh came right back with a 12-yard TD run nearly five minutes into the second, and after Brad Phillips picked off McMahon, the Wildcats extended to a 13-7 lead on Villarreal's 28- yard field goal with 4:40 left in the half.

Sherrick McManis returned the second half kickoff 68 yards, setting up Northwestern at the EMU 26. Two plays later, Conteh rumbled up the middle inside the five, but had the ball knocked away by defensive back Ryan Downard. Duan Bracey recovered for the Eagles at the 1.

Zach Johnson missed a 47-yard field goal early in the third for EMU and McMahon was picked off twice in Northwestern territory later in the period, the second of which came near the end zone by Deante Battle.

10/19 23:36:19 ET

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