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              === Northern Illinois prevails in Bowl ===
 Mobile, AL (Sports Network) - Chandler Harnish threw two touchdown passes  and
 Northern  Illinois shook  off a slow start to take down Arkansas State, 38-20,
 in the Bowl.
 Harnish  limped  off the field early  in the second quarter, but backup Jordan
 Lynch led a scoring drive as the senior recovered.
 Lynch's  go-ahead  touchdown run was  part of 31  straight points for the Mid-
 American  Conference-champion Huskies  (11-3),  who forced  five turnovers and
 finished the season on a nine-game winning streak.
 Harnish  returned and finished with 274 yards on 18-of-36 passes, while Martel
 Moore hauled in eight passes for 224 yards and a score in the victory.
 Arkansas  State (10-3), which  ran off nine straight wins to take the Sun Belt
 Conference,  could  not overcame its  giveaways, three coming on interceptions
 thrown by Ryan Aplin.
 Aplin  tossed for 353 yards, hooking up with Taylor Stockemer 11 times for 185
 yards  and a score,  and also ran in a touchdown to give the Red Wolves a 13-0
 lead after Brian Davis hit field goals of 32 and 36 yards in the first frame.
 But Northern Illinois answered emphatically.
 An  11-play, 77-yard drive got the Huskies going, as Perez Ashford's nine-yard
 touchdown grab got them on the board with one minute remaining in the first.
 Mathew  Sims missed  a 33-yarder  early in  the second  quarter, but  Northern
 Illinois  recovered  with Lynch at  the helm. Lynch  completed all four of his
 attempts on the go-ahead  drive and bulled  in from three  yards out with 4:49
 A  roughing the kicker penalty extended a Huskies possession late in the half,
 and  Jamal Womble  muscled his way into  the end zone for a one-yard TD on the
 final play before the break for a 21-13 lead.
 Harnish  threw  an interception  on the  first play of  the third quarter, but
 Jhony Faustin got the ball right back by picking off Aplin.
 On the next snap, Harnish and Moore hooked up on a 43-yard score.
 Sims missed a 22-yard later in the third, but hit from the same distance early
 in the fourth.
 Stockemer's  one-handed, 16-yard touchdown catch gave the Red Wolves life with
 11:12  to play, but Dechane Durante stepped in front of an Aplin pass and took
 it back 36 yards for the game-sealing score with 8:19 remaining.
                                   Game Notes
 David  Gunn  served as Arkansas  State's interim  head coach after Hugh Freeze
 took  the head coaching position at Ole Miss...Northern Illinois has won seven
 of   eight  meetings   against  Arkansas   State...Aplin  completed   30-of-58
 passes...Northern  Illinois  converted 2-of-18 third-down opportunities, while
 Arkansas State wasn't much better with a 5-for-21 success rate.
 01/09 02:01:51 ET