DEKALB, Ill. (AP) -Northern Illinois thwarted Miami University's bid for a come-from-behind victory with a last-ditch defensive
stand to preserve a 17-13 Mid-American Conference victory on Saturday.
broke up back-to-back end zone passes by RedHawks quarterback Dan Raudabaugh with less than 90 seconds to play to shut down
the late Miami of Ohio drive.
Northern Illinois (3-3, 2-1) has now won three of its last four games, with only a four-point loss at Tennessee in the span.
Miami slipped to 1-5 and has lost three straight.
The RedHawks led 13-10 after a 35-yard
field goal with 4:53 left in the third quarter. Northern Illinois reclaimed the lead with 2:32 remaining when sophomore tailback
capped a 5-play, 67-yard drive with his 2-yard touchdown run.
The Huskies opened a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter thanks to wide receiver
's 3-yard touchdown reception from starting quarterback
Miami replied five minutes later when return specialist
punt and ran back 63 yards for a touchdown. Miami forced a 10-10 tie just before halftime on Parseghian's 44-yard field goal.
Northern Illinois drove deep into Miami territory on each of its two first possessions and settled for field goal tries each
hit his first - a 38-yd attempt - but missed a 30-yarder with 4:58 left in the opening quarter.