DETROIT (AP) — Quarterback Rocky Lombardi ran for three touchdowns and Jay Ducker ran for 146 yards on 29 carries to power Northern Illinois to a 41-23 victory over Kent State in the Mid-American Conference title game on Saturday.
Rocky Lombardi was looking for a new place to play football after deciding to transfer from Michigan State nearly a year ago.
Northern Illinois, meanwhile, was searching for a quarterback to spark a turnaround.
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Antario Brown rushed for 101 yards and Northern Illinois scored the game's first 17 points then held on to defeat Eastern Michigan 27-20 on Saturday in a game delayed by lightning between the first and second quarters.
ANN ARBOR, Mich (AP) — A year ago, Michigan fans couldn’t be at the Big House as Rocky Lombardi led Michigan State to a 27-24 upset of the Wolverines.
There were 106,263 of them there on Saturday, and they enjoyed every minute of Lombardi’s return.
Northern Illinois (1-1) at No. 25 Michigan (2-0), Saturday at noon EDT (Big Ten Network).
Line: Michigan by 27 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
ATLANTA (AP) — Thomas Hammock had no interest in his underdog Northern Illinois team settling for an overtime against Georgia Tech.
Once Rocky Lombardi's second touchdown pass in the final minute brought the Huskies to within one point, Hammock didn't hesitate to keep his offense on the field.