College Football
Northern Illinois 38, Arkansas State 20
When: 9:00 PM ET, Sunday, January 8, 2012
Where: Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
Temperature: 64°
Head Official: Tom McCreesh
Attendance: 38734

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 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.
Top Game Performances
Arkansas State   Northern Illinois
Derek Lawson Player Jamal Womble
12 Attempts 6
25 Yards 25
2.1 Avg Yards 4.2
0 Touchdowns 1
0 Long 0
Arkansas State   Northern Illinois
Taylor Stockemer Player Martel Moore
11 Receptions 8
185 Yards 224
16.8 Avg Yards 28.0
1 Touchdowns 1
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Arkansas State 381 28 353 2 2 1 3.0 0
Northern Illinois 401 59 342 4 1 3 3.0 1