Sept. 9, 2006
Everson led the
"We put it all together," Everson said. "Running the ball and throwing the ball, it was just a great game all around."
Everson hit a variety of targets in the win, led by McRae's five catches and 98 yards. Senior receiver William Norwood (
"This was quite a turnaround from the first game," Head Coach Frank Solich said. "I knew we were capable of being a good offensive team both running and throwing the ball."
Defensively, the Bobcats did not create a turnover but played well enough for the win. Junior Todd Koenig (
"You're not going to shut them down," Solich said. "So to hang in there and keep making plays like they (the defense) did today was crucial."
The Bobcats answered right back with a quick strike of their own. Three plays into the ensuing
The Huskies reacted to
Ohio was able to close the deficit back to three points with just 20 seconds left before halftime, using a 10-play, 69-yard drive to make the score 17-14. Everson hooked up with Sylvan from 16 yards out for the score. He completed passes of 12, eight and seven yards earlier in the drive to set up the strike to Sylvan just before the half.
The Bobcats took their first lead of the game halfway through the third quarter. After the defense forced a
McRae found the end zone again after the Bobcat defense forced another NIU punt. With a 17-yard run on the first play of the drive already under his belt, McRae took a shovel pass from Everson and ran it 58 yards all the way to the Northern Illinois end zone for the Bobcats' third unanswered touchdown and a 28-17 lead.
After a stalled
The win improved the Bobcats to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 1997. The Bobcats, who had not won a game the last 20 times they trailed at the half, broke the trend Saturday with the come-from-behind win.