Northern Illinois Rolls by CMU, 42-10

DeKALB, Ill. - Central Michigan University played with Mid-American Conference powerhouse Northern Illinois University for one half here Saturday but the second half was a different story.

The Huskies broke out of a 7-3 halftime lead with 28 unanswered points in the third period to capture a 42-10 MAC win over the Chippewas on a cold, windy day.

The win dropped CMU's record to 2-4 for the season and 1-2 in MAC action. NIU is now 4-0 in the league and 5-2 overall.

"The third period was obviously the key to the ballgame," said CMU head coach Brian Kelly. "We played well in that first half but NIU came out in the second half and played better.

"Our football team faced adversity in the second half and did not respond the way it should have. Northern has a good football team, flatout."

After a scoreless first period, NIU scored with 4:26 to play in the half when Garrett Wolfe went seven yards. CMU came right back to make it 7-3 at the half when Ronald Budd booted a 25-yard field goal with 2:10 left before the break.

The third period, though, was a different story.

A 60-yard TD pass from Josh Haldi to Dan Sheldon started the Huskie scoring with 13:21 to go in the quarter. CMU then fumbled the ensuing kickoff and NIU scored in two plays with Wolfe rambling 27 yards to make it 21-3 with 13:07 to play.

Wolfe added two more scores in the quarter on runs of three and two yards to up the NIU advantage to 35-3 after three periods.

Central Michigan registered its lone TD of the game with 13:35 to play in the game on a 22-yard pass from Kent Smith to Damien Linson. NIU closed the scoring with 6:52 left on a 14-yard run by Adrian Davis.


*Wolfe scored four TDs and rushed for 226 yards on 37 carries for NIU which had 331 yards on the ground. "Wolfe is a heckuva back but that NIU offensive line is outstanding, too," said Kelly.

*CMU's Jerry Seymour had 140 yards on 25 carries; it marked his fifth 100-yard game of the season and the 12th in 15 career games.

*NIU finished with 479 yards in total offense to CMU's 308.

*True freshman Ronald Budd connected on the first field goal attempt of his career, a 25-yarder in the second period; he's now 2-for-2 in extra points.

*CMU plays at Toledo next Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m.

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