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Northern Illinois edge Chippewas

Sam Hurd caught 12 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday to lead the Northern Illinois Huskies to a 31-28 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas.

The Huskies came into this one as a 3-point road favorite, but the game ended in a push. The game’s combined 59 points went OVER the posted over/under (50.5).

Dan Nicholson completed 19-of-27 passes for 318 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and rushed for a TD in the win. Phil Horvath, who started the game at QB for the Huskies, completed 11-of-15 passes for 112 yards and a TD before leaving.

Kent Smith passed for 391 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Damien Linson, who finished the game with nine catches and 146 yards receiving for the Chippewas.