In another exciting segment of Tuesday Night Football "MACtion," the Northern Illinois Huskies once again put on a thrilling football game, beating Ball State with a 34-yard field goal from Mathew Sims with just :08 left on the clock to go up 41-38 and seal the victory.
It wasn't easy for the Huskies, as the Cardinals jumped out to a 14-0 lead early in the first quarter after Joshua Howard returned a fumble 92 yards for a touchdown. The Huskies battled back, getting a touchdown pass from quarterback Chandler Harnish and a touchdown run from Jasmin Hopkins to tie the game mid-way through the second quarter.
Ball State answered with 10 unanswered points before the end of the quarter, though, entering halftime with a 24-14 lead. Ball State then opened the second half scoring another touchdown, taking a 31-14 lead.
While the score looked nearly impossible to come back from, never rule out MAC football on a Tuesday. The Huskies stormed back scoring 21 unanswered points to take a 35-31 lead over the Cardinals. Quarterback Chandler Harnish put the Huskies on his back, accounting for 512 of total offense, including 181 yards on the ground with a rushing touchdown. On the day, the Huskies out-gained the Cardinals by 313 yards, much of that in the second half.
Northern Illinois improved to 8-3 and 6-1 in MAC play.