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(Saturday, October 9th)
Final Score: Northern Illinois 31, Temple 17
DeKalb, IL (Sports Network) - Chandler Harnish threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Northern Illinois Huskies to a 31-17 over the Temple Owls in a Mid-American Conference clash at Huskie Stadium.
Harnish was 20-of-25 through the air without an interception for the Huskies (4-2, 2-0 MAC) who win their third straight. Willie Clark caught five balls for 62 yards, while Landon Cox hauled in five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown. Nathan Palmer also caught a scoring pass while Chad Spann ran for 100 yards on 24 carries and scored a touchdown.
Matt Brown ran for 93 yards on 13 carries for the Owls (4-2, 1-1) who have lost two of their last three matchups. Chester Stewart was just 13-of-27 through the air for 148 yards and a touchdown. Bernard Pierce, the Owls' leading rusher, carried just three times for six yards although one long dash down field was wiped out by a penalty. Pierce missed last week's game against Army with a bad ankle.
Temple got the scoring started just 30 seconds into the game when Brown dashed 25 yards for score on the Owls' second offensive snap following a Northern Illinois fumble.
The Huskies responded when Akeem Daniels scored on a nine-yard run with just under seven minutes left in the opening quarter.
Temple's Brandon McManus added a 33-yard field goal just seconds into the second quarter.
Michael Cklamovski responded with a 28-yard effort of his own to tie the game with just under six minutes left until halftime.
Temple regained the lead on Stewart's 31-yard pass to Evan Rodriguez with four minutes left in the half.
Harnish lifted the Huskies into a tie when he connected with Cox on a 10-yard pass just 30 seconds before intermission.
Harnish put his team in front when he hit Palmer on a four-yard throw through traffic to give the Huskies a 24-17 lead with just over four minutes left in the third quarter.
Northern Illinois extended its lead when Spann scored on a six-yard burst with just under eight minutes left in the game.
The Huskies controlled the time of possession battle by more than 16 minutes. Northern Illinois converted 11-of-16 third-down situations, while Temple finished just 4-of-12 on those crucial downs.
10/09 16:53:00 ET