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Cameron Stingily gains 266 yards as NIU knocks off Kent State

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Northern Illinois 7 14 7 10 — 38

Kent State 7 10 7 0 — 24

First Quarter

NIU—Stingily 17 run (Sims kick), 10:37.

Kent—Archer 100 kickoff return (Melchiori kick), 10:25.

Second Quarter

NIU—D.Brown 53 pass from Lynch (Sims kick), 6:16.

Kent—Archer 66 pass from Reardon (Melchiori kick), 5:19.

NIU—Stingily 1 run (Sims kick), 2:37.

Kent—FG Melchiori 24, :20.

Third Quarter

Kent—Goode 28 pass from Reardon (Melchiori kick), 11:37.

NIU—Spencer 22 run (Sims kick), 7:25.

Fourth Quarter

NIU—Spencer 11 pass from Lynch (Sims kick), 13:08.

NIU—FG Sims 31, 7:28.


TEAM STATistics NIU Kent

First downs 36 15

Rushes-yards 63-454 24-147

Passing 244 245

Comp-Att-Int 21-35-2 17-37-1

Return Yards (-10) 56

Punts-Avg. 4-44.0 5-46.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1

Penalties-Yards 9-80 3-15

Time of Possession 35:58 24:02


RUSHING—N. Illinois, Stingily 37-266, Lynch 14-94, Spencer 6-42, Harris 2-31, Lewis 3-23, Team 1-(minus 2). Kent St., Durham 14-72, Durden 1-48, Archer 4-13, Reardon 3-8, Calhoun 1-4, Humphrey 1-2.

PASSING—N. Illinois, Lynch 21-35-2-244. Kent St., Reardon 16-35-1-209, Fisher 1-2-0-36.

RECEIVING—N. Illinois, Lewis 8-49, Harris 3-54, D.Brown 2-72, Spencer 2-18, Maxwell 2-9, Semisch 1-18, Eakes 1-11, Brescacin 1-9,

Sterling 1-4. Kent St., Humphrey 6-60, Archer 4-80, Boyle 3-36, Goode 2-34, Durham 1-34, Meray 1-1.


Aug. 31 at Iowa W, 30-27

Sept. 14 at Idaho W, 45-35

Sept. 21 Eastern Illinois W, 43-39

Sept. 28 at Purdue W, 55-24

Oct. 5 at Kent State W, 38-24

Oct. 12 Akron 4 p.m.

Oct. 19 at C. Michigan 2 p.m.

Oct. 26 E. Michigan 2:30 p.m.

Nov. 2 at UMass 11 a.m.

Nov. 13 Ball State 7 p.m.

Nov. 20 at Toledo 7 p.m.

Nov. 26 W. Michigan 6 p.m.

Updated: November 7, 2013 6:54AM

KENT, Ohio — Cameron Stingily had huge holes to run through all game, and the senior took advantage of them.

The Northern Illinois tailback got the scoring started Saturday at Kent State, getting into the end zone from 17 yards out with 10:37 left in the opening period. He scored two touchdowns and ran for a career-high 266 yards in the Huskies’ 38-24 win. NIU had 698 yards of offense, the eighth-highest total in Mid-American Conference history.

“Offensive line. I’m getting untouched for four yards,” Stingily said. “I’ve got a full head of steam. Linebackers and safeties, I’m the same size if not bigger. Punish them and get a chance.”

The victory improves NIU’s MAC winning streak to 18 games, the longest conference winning streak in the country. The Huskies haven’t lost a league game since the opener at Central Michigan in 2011.

NIU (5-0, 1-0 MAC) scored two touchdowns from third-string running back James Spencer, one rushing and one receiving. Junior wide receiver Da’Ron Brown had NIU’s other touchdown, a 53-yard catch from quarterback Jordan Lynch. Mathew Sims finished off the scoring with a 31-yard field goal.

NIU remained unbeaten, but Kent State (2-4, 1-2) all-world athlete Dri Archer made things tough. After Stingily’s first touchdown, Archer took the ensuing kickoff from Tyler Wedel out of the end zone and to the house to tie the game. Archer also had a receiving touchdown, catching a 66-yard pass from Colin Reardon with 5:19 left in the first half.

Huskies coach Rod Carey decided to kick away from Archer the rest of the game.

“It worked, ball wasn’t in his hands,” Carey said. “Should have done it one earlier, I can tell you that.”

Defensively, senior safety Jimmie Ward had an interception and a fumble recovery for the Huskies. Ward has four picks on the season.

NIU held Archer in check on offense outside of the 66-yard touchdown catch. He finished with four grabs for 80 yards, and 13 yards rushing on four carries. It was Ward’s job to keep an eye on him.

“[Defensive coordinator Jay] Niemann had it set up, like everywhere Archer goes, I go,” Ward said. “Basically I wanted to press him because I think he’s a better running back than a wide receiver.”

The Huskies continue MAC play next Saturday when they welcome Akron (1-5) to Huskie Stadium.

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