Northern Illinois 45, Idaho 35

Dave Southorn, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

MOSCOW, Idaho -- The Idaho Vandals gave the Northern Illinois Huskies everything they could handle, but the BCS-busting Huskies could not be slowed down for all four quarters Saturday.
Northern Illinois scored the final 10 points to pull out a 45-35 win, handing Idaho its 28th loss in 33 games.
The game featured six fumbles, with Northern Illinois recovering three of Idaho's and Idaho falling on two of Northern Illinois' loose balls. The Huskies (2-0) turned one into Mathew Sims' go-ahead 49-yard field goal with 10:49 to play.
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch tacked onto that advantage with a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Lucas Eakes with 7:25 to play.
Lynch completed 14-of-26 passes for 137 yards, with three touchdowns, and added 154 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 25 attempts. The Huskies ran for 367 yards.
Idaho (0-3), which had scored two touchdowns in its first two games, had 448 yards of offense. The Vandals twice led by 14 in the first half before the Huskies scored 21 unanswered points to take a 35-28 lead with 6:25 remaining in the third quarter.
Idaho tied it on James Baker's 1-yard touchdown run 30 seconds into the fourth quarter, but his fumble in Vandal territory set up the Huskies' go-ahead field goal. The Vandals, who came into the game yielding an FBS-worst 12 sacks, gave up nine on Saturday.
In the first half, Idaho outgained Northern Illinois 279-195, as the Huskies were 1-of-6 on third downs and the Vandals were 3-of-8. In the second half, NIU was 3-of-8 on third downs, and Idaho was 1-of-8.
Tommylee Lewis added 111 yards on six carries for the Huskies, while Baker's 63 yards on the ground led Idaho. Chad Chalich completed 14-of-26 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns for the Vandals.
Both teams had issues on special teams. Idaho had a field goal blocked just before halftime, ruining a chance to go up by 10. Northern Illinois had a punt blocked and also failed on a fake field goal attempt when punter Tyler Wedel fumbled.

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