NCAA Football

             === No. 24 NIU beats EMU, heads to MAC title game ===
 Ypsilanti,  MI  (Sports  Network)  -  Black  Friday  became  white  Friday  in
 Akeem  Daniels ran for four touchdowns on a cold, snowy day in No. 24 Northern
 Illinois' 49-7 thumping of Eastern Michigan.
 Daniels  carried the ball 12 times and finished with 112 yards for the Huskies
 (11-1,  8-0 MAC),  who will play Kent  State in the conference title game next
 Friday at Ford Field in Detroit.
 Jordan Lynch was 16-of-25 for 168 yards and a score and added 107 yards on the
 ground in the victory.
 Northern  Illinois  outgained the Eagles, 415-227,  with 242 of them coming on
 the ground.
 "We  were great  at  tailback  and didn't  allow  any  sacks today,"  Northern
 Illinois head coach Dave Doeren said.
 Tyler  Benz  completed just 10-of-22 passes  for 96 yards with a touchdown and
 interception  for Eastern Michigan (2-10, 1-7), which dropped four of its last
 five contests to close the year.
 "We  couldn't  stop them  on third  or fourth  down throughout  to stay in the
 game," Eagles head coach Ron English said.
 Benz's  20-yard TD pass  to Matt Boyd tied the game at 7-7 late in the opening
 frame, but the Huskies registered the final 42 points of the contest.
 Tommylee Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 93 yards for the score.
 Daniels  scampered in from  20 yards out and Lynch hooked up with Martel Moore
 for a 56-yard touchdown and a 28-7 halftime advantage.
 Daniels  had  a 19-yard TD run  in the third  and added a 16-yard score midway
 through the fourth.
 Jacob Brinlee's 11-yard TD run in the waning seconds concluded the scoring.
 Daniels'  25-yard TD  run opened  the scoring  with 5:35  left in  the opening
                                   Game Notes
 Northern  Illinois was 6-of-14  on third down and had 24 first downs ... Moore
 had  nine receptions for 116 yards ... Bronson Hill gained 29 yards rushing on
 11 carries for Eastern Michigan.
 11/23 17:37:45 ET

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