By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Northern Illinois Huskies defeated the Buffalo Bulls, 30-19, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The Huskies won the Marathon MAC Football Championship game.
The Huskies improved to 8-5 on the season. They are 6-2 in conference play.
The Bulls fell to 10-3 on the season. This was their first conference loss, as they fell to 7-1.
This is the Huskies fourth MAC Championship. However, it is their first since the 2014 season. They also won in 2011 and 2012.
Only the Marshall Thundering Herd have more wins than the Huskies in this game. They won it five times — 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002.
Huskies quarterback Marcus Childers went 21 of 33 for 300 yards. He also had four touchdowns and one interception.
Childers also had 15 carries for 58 yards. Tre Harbison had 11 carries for 35 yards.
D.J. Brown had four receptions for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Spencer Tears had six receptions for 73 yards and two touchdowns. Jauan Wesley had two receptions for 42 yards. Mitchell Brinkman had three receptions for 42 yards. Cole Tucker had two receptions for 30 yards.
Bulls quarterback Tyree Jackson went 18 of 35 for 252 yards. He also had two touchdowns.
Kevin Marks had 17 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown. Jaret Patterson had 18 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown.
Anthony Johnson had seven receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns. K.J. Osborn had three receptions for 66 yards.
Northern Illinois scored 20-points in the second half. Childers hit Brown for a 28-yard touchdown reception. Childers hit Tears for a 32-yard touchdown reception.
Childers hit Brown for a 35-yard touchdown reception. The two-point conversion failed.
Buffalo scored seven points in the second half. Patterson scored on a nine-yard rushing touchdown.
The Bulls led 22-10 at halftime. Marks scored on a three-yard rushing touchdown. Jackson then hit Johnson for a 13-yard touchdown reception. Following this touchdown, the PAT was missed.
Jackson hit Johnson for a 26-yard touchdown reception. Adam Mitcheson made a 24-yard field goal.
Huskies’ Childers hit Tears for a 13-yard touchdown reception. Andrew Gantz also made a 39-yard field goal.