NCAA Game Summary - Eastern Michigan at Northwestern|
(Saturday, September 12th)
Final Score: Northwestern 27, Eastern Michigan 24
Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - Stefan Demos buried a career-long 49-yard
field goal with six seconds remaining in regulation to give the Northwestern
Wildcats a thrilling 27-24 victory over the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Ryan
Stephen Simmons ran for 73 yards on just 13 carries and scored two touchdowns
to lead the Wildcats (2-0) in the victory, helping to overcome a mediocre
effort from signal-caller Mike Kafka, who completed 14-of-24 attempts for 158
yards and an interception.
Dwayne Priest amassed 127 yards on the ground with a score to lead the Eagles
(0-2) in the losing effort, while Andy Schmitt completed 20-of-28 for 148
yards and a touchdown with two interceptions for EMU.
The Wildcats struck first midway through the first quarter on a Simmons one-
Simmons found the endzone again early in the second period following a 14-
yard scamper to give Northwestern a 14-0 lead.
A 70-yard interception return by Ben Johnson just minutes later extended the
Northwestern lead to 21-0.
The Eagles finally got on the board just minutes before halftime with a 33-
yard field goal from Joe Carithers.
Eastern Michigan added another score late in the third quarter following a
one-yard plunge by Priest.
The Wildcats extended their advantage to 24-10 early in the final period of
play with a 20-yard Demos field goal.
But the Eagles would not go away so easily, as EMU responded with a 25-yard
score from Schmitt to Jacory Stone midway through the frame and then scored on
a Terrence Blevins three-yard run with under three minutes remaining to tie
the contest at 24 apiece.
However, the EMU comeback was thwarted with six seconds left, as the Wildcats
prevailed, 27-24, following the 49-yard kick from Demos.
09/12 16:39:51 ET