NIU’s bowl hopes extinguished by 45-17 loss to Eastern Michigan


OXFORD, OHIO – OCTOBER 19: Head coach Thomas Hammock of the Northern Illinois Huskies on the sidelines in the game against the Miami of Ohio Redhawks during the second quarter at Yager Stadium on October 19, 2019 in Oxford, Ohio. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

DeKALB, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF)– Eastern Michigan used a 24-point third quarter to break open a 14-7 game and went on to defeat the Northern Illinois University Huskies, 45-17, Tuesday night at Huskie Stadium.

EMU quarterback Mike Glass completed 20-of-24 passes for 235 yards and three touchdowns while Shaq Vann ran for 101 yards as the Eagles earned their first win over NIU since 2007.

“Give credit to Eastern Michigan,” said NIU Head Coach Thomas Hammock. “They played a great football game. They attacked some of our weaknesses and did a good job. Our kids battled and didn’t quit. At this stage in the season we’re trying to make sure we go out the right way against Western Michigan next week.”

Tailback Tre Harbison led the Huskie offense with 112 rushing yards on 30 carries as he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season, becoming the first NIU tailback to go over 1,000 rushing yards in back-to-back seasons since Chad Spann in 2009-10. Harbison has 1,021 yards on 230 carries on the season.

The Huskies fell to 4-7 with the loss, 3-4 in the Mid-American Conference, while EMU improved to 6-5, 3-4.

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