Bowl-hopeful Eastern falls to Northern Illinois in OT

Associated Press

Ypsilanti — Jordan Huff scored on a 2-yard run in overtime for his third touchdown of the game and Northern Illinois then stopped Eastern Michigan on downs for a 31-24 victory Wednesday night.

The Eagles (6-5, 3-4 Mid-American), hoping to solidify their chances at ending a 29-year bowl-game drought, drove to NIU’s 7 in the final minute of regulation but had to settle for Paul Fricano’s 24-yard field goal.

The Huskies (4-7, 4-3) took six plays to score in overtime then held the Eagles to 9 yards on their possession.

Trailing 21-0 at halftime, the Huskies took a 24-21 lead on Huff’s 27-yard run with 13:45 left in the final quarter. Huff, who entered with just one TD on the season, had a 60-yard score in the third and finished with a career-high 173 yards on 23 carries.

Ian Eriksen rushed for a career-best 171 yards and two TDs for Eastern Michigan.

Northern Illinois has won 15 of the last 16 meetings between the MAC West schools — with the Eagles’ last win in the series coming in 2007.