CMU (6-4, 4-2 MAC) scored early and often against the Huskies, punching in three first quarter touchdowns and getting out to a 21-3 lead after just 15 minutes.
Marcus Childers started the game for the Huskies (3-6, 2-3 MAC) and, after gaining just 13 yards on NIU’s first few drives, was replaced by Ross Bowers. Bowers was able to spark the offense some, leading the Huskies to a field goal on his first drive and then scoring the lone Huskie TD - a 14-yard pass to Spencer Tears - on his third drive.
However, the Chippewa offense could not be stopped and scored on six of their first seven possessions as they bolted out to a 38-10 half time lead.
In the second half, CMU had opportunities to extend their lead even more but kicker Ryan Tice missed three field goal attempts in the third quarter alone. However, in the fourth, he was able to connect on a 31-yard attempt and Jonathan Ward was able to find the endzone to extend the Chips lead to 38.
The Huskies defense wasn’t able to force any turnovers, which was a problem for CMU coming into the game. But Central was able to force four Huskie turnovers, three interceptions and a fumble recovery, which really killed any chance of a Huskie comeback.
Overall, the Chips had this game in hand early on and never looked back. With the win, CMU remains in contention for a MAC West title and trip to Detroit. For NIU, the loss means making a bowl game will now be extreamly difficult as they’ll need to win out.
Central is off next week but will be back in action on Saturday, November 16th when they face Ball State in a battle for the top spot in the West.
Northern Illinois is off next weekend but gets their first taste of weekday MACtion on Wednesday, November 13th when they play the Toledo Rockets.