Western Michigan defeats Northern Illinois to go 6-0

Associated Press

Kalamazoo, Mich. — Zach Terrell guided Western Michigan to four scores after halftime, including the dagger touchdown from the 2, to defeat six-time defending Mid-American West champion Northern Illinois, 45-30, on Saturday night.

Justin Ferguson and Robert Spillane ended Northern Illinois’ last two drives with interceptions.

Terrell threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos (2-0 MAC) improved to 6-0 overall for the first time since 1941. They are bowl eligible and have a chance to crack The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time after receiving 76 votes last week.

Corey Davis (6 catches, 122 yards) and Jarvion Franklin (3-80) made spectacular grabs on the winning TD drive — Davis a one-hander as he fell out the back of the end zone (making it 31-23). Two plays earlier, Franklin was clobbered as the ball arrived, but the defender went sprawling and Franklin spun and ran another 17 yards for a 39-yard gainer.

The Huskies (1-5, 1-1) tried to win their second straight game, making up a 14-0 gap and coming as close as 24-23 after halftime.