CMU upsets NIU in Dekalb


Sophomore quarterback Daniel Richardson looks to pass the ball during CMU's game against Bowling Green Saturday, Oct. 22 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

Controlling a 21-0 lead at halftime, Central Michigan football was put to the test as the Northern Illinois Huskies came storming back in the second half. 

However, they passed the test as senior defensive end Thomas Incoom forced an NIU fumble in the endzone which sophomore linebacker Kyle Moretti recovered to give the Chippewas a 35-22 win. 

"You know the whole game, they've been double-teaming me, chipping me," Incoom said. "And (they) left me one on one on the goal line, and I felt like it was a chance to go out and win. The team needed it, and you know, I'm making it happen."

The Chippewas improved to 3-6 overall and 2-3 in Mid-American Conference. The Huskies fall to 2-7 overall and 1-4 in MAC play. 

"I'm so happy for our kids, you know, to get a win, especially on the road, it's tough to get a win," McElwain said. "But gosh, darn it, put the ball on the ground like we did, giving them opportunities just over and over. I'm happy we won, don't get me wrong... But I'm also a football guy that realizes that you can't win football games doing that kind of crap.”

The offense got out to a quick start scoring 21 points in the first half as sophomore quarterback Daniel Richardson threw for two touchdowns. 

One to junior tight end Joel Wilson, who left the field with an injury on the play, and one to redshirt wide receiver freshman Tyson Davis. It was Davis' first career catch and a touchdown.  

Redshirt freshman Jase Bauer got the scoring started with a six-yard rush to put the Chippewas on the board first. 

In the third quarter, the Huskies opened up the scoring with an 11-play drive ending in a passing touchdown. 

But the Chippewas quickly responded as Bauer scored a rushing touchdown to push the score back to 21. 

NIU cut the lead to six and made it interesting, but CMU held strong to come out with a 35-22 win. 

Richardson finished 13-for-22 through the air for 150 yards and two touchdowns. 

Bauer recorded 114 rushing yards and two touchdowns. 

Incoom recorded one sack in the game, while Moretti led the Chippewas with nine tackles. 

CMU returns to Kelly/Shorts Stadium to take on Buffalo on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m.