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(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 goal.
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 34-16 advantage.
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