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Ohio 24, Northern Illinois 17

Associated Press

ATHENS, Ohio - Sam Wiglusz leaped high to pull in a 22-yard pass from Kurtis Rourke over an outstretched defender in the end zone for the deciding fourth-quarter touchdown as Ohio pulled out a 24-17 win over Northern Illinois to improve to 3-1 in the Mid-American Conference West Division.

Roarke also found Wiglusz with an eight-yard touchdown pass to cap the game's opening drive and nosed in from the 1 with 4:16 left in the third quarter to give the Bobcats (5-3) a 17-9 lead.

Kacper Rutkiewicz scored the Huskies' lone touchdown of the game on an 11-yard run with 1:31 left in the third quarter and Nate Valcarcel threw to Cole Tucker for the two-point conversion to tie the game at 17.

John Richardson kicked field goals from 38-, 27- and 45-yards out to keep Northern Illinois (2-6, 1-3) within a point, 10-9 with just under 11 minutes left in the third quarter.

Rourke was 14 of 26 passing for 200 yards and two touchdowns and led the Bobcats' running game with 64 yards on seven carries, breaking free for a 61-yard dash. Wiglusz finished with six catches for 69 yards.

Antario Brown had 160 yards on 16 carries to lead Northern Illinois. Justin Lynch completed half of his 18 pass attempts for 110 yards.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NIUOhio
Ohio TD 11:05 Sam Wiglusz 8 yd pass from Kurtis Rourke (Nathanial Vakos kick) 0 7
Second Quarter NIUOhio
NIU FG 10:49 John Richardson 38 yd FG 3 7
NIU FG 4:07 John Richardson 27 yd FG 6 7
Ohio FG 0:19 Nathanial Vakos 31 yd FG 6 10
Third Quarter NIUOhio
NIU FG 10:56 John Richardson 45 yd FG 9 10
Ohio TD 4:16 Kurtis Rourke 1 yd run (Nathanial Vakos kick) 9 17
NIU TD 1:31 Kacper Rutkiewicz 11 yd run (Cole Tucker 2pt pass from Shemar Thornton) 17 17
Fourth Quarter NIUOhio
Ohio TD 7:00 Sam Wiglusz 22 yd pass from Kurtis Rourke (Nathanial Vakos kick) 17 24
Team Stats
  Northern Illinois Ohio
First downs 17 20
  Rushing 13 7
  Passing 4 11
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 4-14, 29% 8-14, 57%
4th down efficiency 2-4, 50% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 48-267 33-154
Passing Yards 110 200
Return Yards 27 56
Completions-Attempts-Int 9-18-0 14-26-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2--18
Punts 3 4
Punts-Average 40.3 45
Fumbles Lost 4-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-50 0-0
Time of Possession 32:30 27:30
Northern Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. Lynch 9 18 110 0 0
Ohio Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
K. Rourke 14 26 200 2 0
Northern Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
A. Brown 16 160 10.0 0
H. Waylee 18 97 5.4 0
K. Rutkiewicz 1 11 11.0 1
J. Lynch 11 10 0.9 0
Ohio Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
K. Rourke 7 64 9.1 1
S. Bangura 10 62 6.2 0
N. McCormick 14 30 2.1 0
M. Cross 1 1 1.0 0
Northern Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
K. Rutkiewicz 1 41 41.0 0
C. Tucker 3 24 8.0 0
S. Thornton 1 20 20.0 0
M. Blakemore 1 12 12.0 0
T. Tewes 1 7 7.0 0
H. Waylee 1 3 3.0 0
L. Soraghan 1 3 3.0 0
Ohio Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Wiglusz 6 69 11.5 2
J. Bostic 1 38 38.0 0
W. Kacmarek 2 33 16.5 0
S. Bangura 3 32 10.7 0
M. Cross 2 28 14.0 0
Northern Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ohio Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Northern Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Foley 3 121 40.3
Ohio Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Wieland 2 90 45.0
J. Wilson 2 90 45.0
Northern Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
C. Tucker 2 3 1.5
Ohio Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Wiglusz 1 2 2.0
Northern Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Dozier 1 14 14.0
F. McCray 1 10 10.0
Ohio Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Wilburn 3 54 18.0
Northern Illinois Missed FG
Player Length
Ohio Missed FG
Player Length
N. Vakos 41




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