While Bowling Green took the opening kickoff, a couple key sacks and an acrobatic interception allowed Northern Illinois to take the game's first lead in the fourth possession of the contest.
The Falcons used a 21-yard pass to Ronnie Moore and a 12-man penalty by the Huskies' defense to march into NIU territory, but Northern Illinois safety Dechane Durante intercepted James Knapke following an acrobatic tip by cornerback Paris Logan.
The teams traded punts thereafter, but Northern Illinois took advantage of a short field on its second possession, methodically pushing toward the end zone to set up a 5-yard Drew Hare rushing touchdown at 5:57 in the first frame.
NIU added to its lead following a Logan interception on the Bowling Green 25. The Huskies could not advance the ball after the pick, but Christian Hagan nailed a 35-yard field goal to make it 10-0 Huskies at 1:58.
The first quarter ended with Northern Illinois starting a drive inside Bowling Green territory following a turnover own downs.
It wasn't all fun and games for NIU, however, as the Huskies lost punt returner Chad Beebe to an apparent broken arm following a return.