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N. Illinois romps in Hum Bowl

| December 19, 2010 8:00 PM

Quarterback Chandler Harnish ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Northern Illinois made interim coach Tom Matukewicz a winner with a 40-17 victory over Fresno State in the Humanitarian Bowl on Saturday night at Boise.

Northern Illinois (11-3) earned a school-record 11th victory by settling a turbulent two-week stretch that started with a loss to Miami-Ohio in the Mid-American Conference title game, then was compounded 48 hours later by the departure of head coach Jerry Kill for Minnesota.

Harnish finished 17 of 25 for 300 yards passing and another 72 yards rushing. It helped his receivers made highlight catches - like Perez Ashford's fingertip grab on the sideline and Willie Clark's mid-route adjustment for 32-yard gain - and Fresno State's defensive line getting no pressure on Harnish.

NEW ORLEANS BOWL

Troy 48, Ohio 21: At New Orleans, Corey Robinson threw for 387 yards and four touchdowns, and Troy (8-5) set a New Orleans Bowl scoring record with a victory over Ohio (8-5).

NEW MEXICO BOWL

BYU 52, UTEP 24: At Albuquerque, N.M., freshman Jake Heaps threw four touchdown passes, connecting with Cody Hoffman on three scores, and finished with 264 yards passing to help BYU (7-6) beat overmatched Texas-El Paso (6-7).

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