Central Michigan tops Northern Illinois in triple OT
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Cooper Rush connected with Tyler Conklin for a 25-yard touchdown pass on the first play of triple overtime, sending Central Michigan to a 34-28 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday.
Northern Illinois had the first possession in triple overtime, but Christian Hagan’s 34-yard field goal attempt was blocked. On the next play, Conklin released up the seam and used his outstretched arms to haul in the game-winning grab.
Central Michigan (5-2, 2-1 Mid-American) had a chance to win it in regulation, but Brian Eavey’s 33-yard attempt with 16 seconds remaining missed wide left. He also missed a potential game-winner in the first overtime — wide left again — this time from 35 yards out.
Rush’s 25-yard pass to Corey Willis put CMU up 28-21 in double OT. NIU (1-6, 1-2) answered with a 13-yard strike from Anthony Maddie to Joel Bouagnon one play after converting on fourth down.
Devon Spalding and Jahray Hayes each ran for over 100 yards and a touchdown for the Chippewas.