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Northern Illinois at Toledo

Late TD helps N. Illinois edge Toledo in barnburner

CBSSports.com wire reports

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Chandler Harnish threw a 4-yard strike to Perez Ashford with 19 seconds left for his sixth touchdown pass of the game, lifting Northern Illinois to a wild 63-60 victory over Toledo on Tuesday night.

The Huskies and Rockets combined for 1,121 yards of offense and a Mid-American Conference-record 17 touchdowns in the second-highest scoring game in league history.

Tommylee Lewis returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the first quarter for the Huskies (6-3, 4-1), who have won four straight and five of six. Harnish completed 17 of 26 passes for 265 yards, and also had 16 carries for 133 yards.

Austin Dantin threw five touchdown passes to Eric Page as the Rockets (5-4, 4-1) finished with 33 first downs and 589 yards of offense. Dantin went 20-for-33 for 322 yards, and Page had nine grabs for 150 yards.

Harnish connected with Nathan Palmer four times for 120 yards and three touchdowns, including a 71-yard play that gave Northern Illinois a 28-14 lead with 9:59 left in the second quarter.

Toledo then scored the next 17 points, capped by Dantin's 5-yard run that made it 31-28 with 11:46 to go in the third.

Adonis Thomas finished with 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns for the Rockets, who had won four straight since a 33-30 overtime loss at Syracuse on Sept. 24.

Thomas' 3-yard plunge gave Toledo a 60-56 lead with 4:16 remaining in the game.

Lewis returned the opening kickoff 100 yards to put the Huskies in front. The Rockets responded with Page's 12-yard TD reception, but Lewis went 95 yards on the ensuing kickoff to make it 14-7.

There was only one turnover in the game, a fumble by Northern Illinois.

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Scoring Summary
NILTommylee Lewis 100 yd kick return (Mathew Sims kick)
TOLEric Page 12 yd pass from Austin Dantin (Ryan Casano kick)
NILTommylee Lewis 95 yd kick return (Mathew Sims kick)
TOLEric Page 12 yd pass from Austin Dantin (Ryan Casano kick)
NILNathan Palmer 6 yd pass from Chandler Harnish (Mathew Sims kick)
NILNathan Palmer 71 yd pass from Chandler Harnish (Mathew Sims kick)
TOLEric Page 5 yd pass from Austin Dantin (Ryan Casano kick)
TOLJeremiah Detmer 41 yd FG
TOLAustin Dantin 5 yd run (Ryan Casano kick)
NILDa'Ron Brown 16 yd pass from Chandler Harnish (Mathew Sims kick)
TOLEric Page 60 yd pass from Austin Dantin (Ryan Casano kick)
NILNathan Palmer 19 yd pass from Chandler Harnish (Mathew Sims kick)
TOLRyan Casano 33 yd FG
NILWillie Clark 15 yd pass from Chandler Harnish (Mathew Sims kick)
TOLEric Page 13 yd pass from Austin Dantin (failed 2pt pass)
TOLAdonis Thomas 4 yd run (failed 2pt pass)
NILJasmin Hopkins 8 yd run (Mathew Sims kick)
TOLAdonis Thomas 3 yd run (Ryan Casano kick)
NILPerez Ashford 4 yd pass from Chandler Harnish (Mathew Sims kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2733
Third Down Efficiency4-107-12
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-1
Plays-Net Yards62-53288-589
Passing Yds265325
Kick Return Yds261207
Punt Return Yds00
Time of Poss.25:2634:34
Individual Stats
NIL: Chandler Harnish 16-133, Jasmin Hopkins 11-72, Akeem Daniels 4-43, Perez Ashford 1-8, Jamal Womble 1-5, Jordan Lynch 2-3, Cameron Bell 1-3
TOL: Adonis Thomas 25-160, Austin Dantin 11-60, David Fluellen 8-31, Morgan Williams 6-8, Terrance Owens 2-6, Team 1--1
NIL: Chandler Harnish 17-26-265-0
TOL: Austin Dantin 20-33-322-0, Terrance Owens 1-2-3-0
NIL: Nathan Palmer 4-120, Da'Ron Brown 3-56, Anthony Johnson 2-26, Akeem Daniels 2-20, Perez Ashford 2-11, Willie Clark 1-15, Jamison Wells 1-7, Martel Moore 1-5, Luke Eakes 1-5
TOL: Eric Page 9-150, Kenny Stafford 4-64, Bernard Reedy 3-49, Jerome Jones 3-47, David Fluellen 1-11, Adonis Thomas 1-4

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