Northern Illinois wins MAC Championship

DETROIT (AP) - Mathew Sims kicked a 33-yard field goal on the

final play to cap a furious comeback that gave Northern Illinois a

23-20 victory over Ohio in the Mid-American Conference title game

Friday night.

The Huskies (10-3) trailed 20-0 after an abysmal first half

before rallying behind quarterback Chandler Harnish. It was a

delightful turnabout for Northern Illinois, which lost in the 2010

and 2005 MAC title games on last-minute touchdowns by Miami of Ohio

and Akron.

Ohio (9-4) led 20-7 in the fourth quarter, but Harnish threw a

32-yard touchdown pass to Martel Moore, then a 22-yarder to Nathan

Palmer to tie it with 2:52 left.

Sims, who missed an extra point earlier in the fourth, redeemed

himself after Harnish moved the Huskies into range for the winning