Boxscore
Northern Illinois 38, Arkansas State 20
Sunday, January 8, 2012 9:00 PM
Location - Ladd-Peebles Stadium
Attendance - 38734

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Arkansas State 13 0 0 7 20
Northern Illinois 7 14 7 10 38

Recap


Senior quarterback Chandler Harnish completed his record-setting career by throwing for 270 yards and two touchdowns to lead Northern Illinois to a 38-20 win over Arkansas State in the Go Daddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

Harnish, voted the Most Outstanding Player in the Mid-American Conference after leading the Huskies to the conference title, completed 18 of 36 passes and became the school’s first player to pass for more than 3,000 yards in a season. Harnish threw scoring passes of 9 yards to Perez Ashford and 43 yards to Martel Moore. Ashford had seven catches for 74 yards, while Moore exploded for eight catches for 223 yards.

Northern Illinois (11-3) also scored on a 3-yard run by Jordan Lynch and 1-yard run by Jamal Womble. Mathew Sims added a 22-yard field goal.

Arkansas State (10-3) was unable to hold a 13-0 first-quarter lead thanks largely to five turnovers. The Red Wolves, who had a nine-game winning streak broken, got field goals of 33 and 36 yards from Brian Davis, a 2-yard touchdown run by quarterback Ryan Aplin, and a 17-yard scoring pass from Aplin to Taylor Stockemer.

Aplin, the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year, completed 30 of 58 passes for 351 yards, but was intercepted three times. The last pick was returned by Dechane Durante for a 36-yard touchdown.
 
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 11:22
Arkansas State   FG  Northern Illinois 0 - Arkansas State 3
1st Quarter - 7:44
Arkansas State   FG  Northern Illinois 0 - Arkansas State 6
1st Quarter - 5:08
Arkansas State   TD  Northern Illinois 0 - Arkansas State 13
1st Quarter - 0:49
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 7 - Arkansas State 13
2nd Quarter - 4:49
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 14 - Arkansas State 13
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 21 - Arkansas State 13
3rd Quarter - 13:30
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 28 - Arkansas State 13
4th Quarter - 13:34
Northern Illinois   FG  Northern Illinois 31 - Arkansas State 13
4th Quarter - 11:12
Arkansas State   TD  Northern Illinois 31 - Arkansas State 20
4th Quarter - 8:19
Northern Illinois   TD  Northern Illinois 38 - Arkansas State 20
TEAMS

Team Records

  Arkansas State Northern Illinois
W/L 10 - 3 - 0 11 - 3 - 0
Conference 8 - 0 - 0 8 - 1 - 0

Team Stats

  Arkansas State Northern Illinois
Score 20 38
First Downs 20 17
3rd Down Efficiency 5-for-21
24%
2-for-18
11%
4th Down Efficiency 2-for-4
50%
3-for-3
100%
Total Yards 381 401
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 29-28 35-59
Average/Rush 1.0 1.7
Passing
Comp-Att 30-58 23-42
Passing Yards 353 342
Average/Pass Play 5.8 7.6
Penalties-Yards 7-58 5-50
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 3 1
Time of Possession 27:47 32:13

PLAYER STATS

Arkansas State (10 - 3)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Aplin 30/58 353 1 3
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
C. Harnish 18/36 274 2 1
J. Lynch 4/4 64 0 0
R. Neir 1/1 4 0 0
P. Ashford 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Lawson 12 25 2.1 0
J. Robertson 3 18 6.0 0
F. Jackson 3 12 4.0 0
E. Lucas 1 -10 -10.0 0
R. Aplin 10 -17 -1.7 1
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
J. Womble 6 25 4.2 1
J. Hopkins 9 24 2.7 0
A. Daniels 2 11 5.5 0
C. Bell 1 7 7.0 0
C. Harnish 9 -3 -0.3 0
J. Lynch 7 -4 -0.6 1
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
T. Stockemer 11 185 16.8 1
C. McCants 5 47 9.4 0
E. Lucas 5 44 8.8 0
D. Frampton 4 31 7.8 0
J. Jarboe 2 23 11.5 0
A. Kincy 2 19 9.5 0
R. Hall 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Moore 8 224 28.0 1
P. Ashford 8 80 10.0 1
J. Wells 2 15 7.5 0
N. Palmer 1 12 12.0 0
J. Hopkins 2 6 3.0 0
P. McAvoy 1 4 4.0 0
A. Daniels 1 1 1.0 0