GAMEDAY College Football

Northern Illinois 22, Toledo 20

Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio - John Richardson kicked five field goals, including a 29-yarder with 26 seconds remaining in the game, and Northern Illinois rallied last in a 22-20 victory over Toledo in Mid-American Conference play.

In a game that saw six lead changes, Toledo (3-3, 1-1) used Dequan Finn's 11-yard TD toss to Devin Maddox to grab a 20-19 lead with 3:35 left to play. The Rockets were stopped on their two-point try. Rocky Lombardi took over from there, directing a nine-play, 60-yard game-winning drive. A pass interference penalty and Lombardi's 34-yard strike to Tyrice Richie on back-to-back plays gave the Huskies (4-2, 2-0) the ball at the Rockets' 7-yard line, setting the stage for Richardson.

Richardson's field goals covered 43, 26 and 43, respectively, in the first half. He kicked a 47-yarder with 6:19 left to play. Northern Illinois' lone touchdown was a 37-yard run by Antario Brown with 36 seconds left in the first half, giving the Huskies a 16-14 lead. Brown finished with 93 yards on 24 carries. Richie had eight catches for 98 yards. Lombardi was 14-of-24 passing for 154 yards with one interception.

Bryant Koback's 40-yard TD run gave Toledo a 7-6 lead with 4:55 left in the second quarter. Finn's 75-yard scoring strike to Koback put the Rockets up 14-9 with 2:25 left before halftime. Koback ran for 91 yards on 12 carries and caught two passes for 85 yards. Finn completed 10 of 17 passes for 186 yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NIUToledo
NIU FG 10:33 John Richardson 43 yard field goal 3 0
Second Quarter NIUToledo
NIU FG 6:14 John Richardson 26 yard field goal 6 0
Toledo TD 4:55 Bryant Koback 40 yard TD run (Thomas Cluckey Extra Point) 6 7
NIU FG 2:45 John Richardson 43 yard field goal 9 7
Toledo TD 2:25 Bryant Koback 75 yard TD pass from Dequan Finn (Thomas Cluckey Extra Point) 9 14
NIU TD 0:36 Antario Brown 37 yard TD run (John Richardson Extra Point) 16 14
Fourth Quarter NIUToledo
NIU FG 6:19 John Richardson 47 yard field goal 19 14
Toledo TD 3:35 Devin Maddox 11 yard TD pass from Dequan Finn (Devin Maddox 2pt conversion attempt is NO GOOD) 19 20
NIU FG 0:26 John Richardson 29 yard field goal 22 20
Team Stats
  Northern Illinois Toledo
First downs 24 15
  Rushing 12 5
  Passing 7 7
  Penalty 5 3
3rd Down Efficiency 7-19, 37% 2-11, 18%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 0-3, 0%
Rushes-Yards 55-242 22-138
Passing Yards 154 236
Return Yards 47 122
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-24-1 16-31-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-7 0-0
Punts 3 3
Fumbles Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 8-80 10-100
Northern Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Lombardi 14 24 154 0 1
Toledo Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Finn 10 17 186 2 0
C. Bradley 6 14 50 0 0
Northern Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Brown 24 93 3.9 1
R. Lombardi 12 90 7.5 0
J. Ducker 11 50 4.5 0
C. Ratkovich 7 9 1.3 0
T. Richie 1 0 0.0 0
Toledo Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Koback 12 91 7.6 1
D. Finn 6 25 4.2 0
M. Kelly 3 20 6.7 0
J. Stuart 1 2 2.0 0
Northern Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Richie 8 98 12.3 0
T. Rudolph 3 25 8.3 0
M. Toure 1 14 14.0 0
M. Travis 1 10 10.0 0
T. Tewes 1 7 7.0 0
Toledo Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
B. Koback 2 85 42.5 1
D. Rosi 1 46 46.0 0
D. Maddox 5 34 6.8 1
J. Newton 3 27 9.0 0
M. Landers 1 21 21.0 0
D. McKinley-Lewis 1 14 14.0 0
J. Stuart 1 6 6.0 0
B. Mitchell 1 2 2.0 0
I. Winstead 1 1 1.0 0
Northern Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Toledo Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. McDonald 1 32
Northern Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Ference 3 118 39.3
Toledo Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Flint 3 127 42.3
Northern Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Richie 2 23 11.5
Toledo Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Maddox 1 30 30.0
Northern Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
M. Travis 1 24 24.0
Toledo Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Mitchell 2 60 30.0
Northern Illinois Missed FG
Player Length
J. Richardson 23
Toledo Missed FG
Player Length
T. Cluckey 48




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