RedHawks Fall To Northern Illinois, 48-41

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Oct. 12, 2002

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OXFORD, Ohio (AP) - Michael Turner rushed for 222 yards and five touchdowns as Northern Illinois beat Miami of Ohio 48-41 Saturday despite a record-setting performance by RedHawks quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Turner scored on runs of 73, 31 and 15 yards in a seven-minute span of the second half to help the Huskies (4-3, 3-0 Mid-American Conference) rally from a 20-point deficit to tie it at 27.

Josh Haldi threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dan Sheldon with 11:09 remaining to put Northern Illinois ahead 34-27.

After the RedHawks (4-3, 2-1) tied it with 4:36 left on a 12-yard TD pass from Roethlisberger to Jason Branch, the Huskies responded with two touchdowns to take the lead for good.

Sheldon, who had six receptions for 123 yards, caught a 40-yard TD pass from Haldi with 3:14 remaining. Turner scored on a 5-yard run with 56 seconds to play.

Roethlisberger, intercepted three times, finished 41-of-61 for 525 yards, breaking his own MAC record for completions in a game and his school record for yards passing.

He set the previous records last season when he completed 40 passes for 452 yards against Hawaii.

Roethlisberger threw his fourth touchdown pass as time expired, a 51-yard hook up with Branch, who had seven catches for 126 yards.

Turner came in averaging 145.3 rushing, third best in the nation. He has 1,092 yards this season.