CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Chandler Harnish #12 of the Northern Illinois Huskies throws a pass against the Wisconsin Badgers at Soldier Field on September 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Northern Illinois Huskies got down early against the Ball State Cardinals, but they're battling back in a match-up of MAC conference foes.
Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish is having another huge day for the Huskies, but bad defense and an absolutely costly turnover have them down 24-14 at halftime against Ball State on Tuesday night. Northern Illinois got down 14-0 after the first quarter but is making its way back into the game.
Ball State kicked things off early with a seven-play, 85-yard drive to put them up 7-0. After a couple of three-and-outs by both teams, it appeared that Harnish was going to lead the Huskies to a touchdown and a tie game. But with first-and-10 at Ball State's 9-yard line, Harnish took a shot and lost the ball. Ball State safety Joshua Howard was there to pick the ball up and scamper 92 yards for the score, a possible 14-point turn of events that put the Cardinals up 14-0.
Harnish proceeded to successfully lead the Huskies down the field twice in the second quarter to the game back up at 14-14 midway through the quarter, but the defense faltered and allowed a couple of scores to finish off the quarter. Ball State quarterback Keith Wenning was 13-for-18 for 162 yards and a touchdown in a the first half.
The senior quarterback Harnish has been fantastic through the air, competing 13 of 17 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. He's been totally ineffective on the ground, though, rushing the ball 13 times for just 11 yards. Luckily the rest of the team has been fantastic on the ground to make up for it, covering 109 yards on 11 rushes between four other players.
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