Tuesday, 29 November, 2011 9:25 PM
Illinois to take on OU at MAC Championship Friday at Ford Field
Credit: MAC Conference
Illinois will face Ohio University at the MAC Championship
game on Dec. 2 at Ford Field in Detroit.
The 2011 Marathon Mid-American Conference Championship will be Friday
December 2, at 7:00 p.m. E.S.T. at Ford Field. Northern Illinois
(9-3) will be making its second straight appearance and will take
on Ohio University (9-3). The NIU mission statement says it best,
“We develop CHAMPIONS in the classroom, in competition, and
“Finally, we can
stop talking about Detroit and go back,” first-year NIU coach
Dave Doeren said. The Huskies are led by duel threat senior quarterback
Chandler Harnish. He has big Joe Pawlak, the 6’5” 300
pound offensive lineman protecting him. Pawlak, a senior has been
a three year starter for NIU. He had a spectacular game in helping
beat Eastern Michigan 18-12 on Senior Day in DeKalb, Illinois. NIU
has 19 seniors and an improved defense wanting to redeem last year.
NIU lost to Miami 28-20 in the MAC final a year ago.
Ohio will be counting
on a good quarterback also. He is sophomore Tyler Tettleton who
has a Detroit pedigree of sorts. He is the son of former Detroit
Tiger catcher Mickey Tettleton.
The Bobcats got to the
title game by beating Bowling Green 29-29 as time expired. Junior
kicker Matt Weller connected on a 23-yard field goal on the last
play. The winning kick was his fourth field goal of the game including
Ohio head coach Frank
Solich said, “Our goal has not been to make it to the MAC
championship game. Our goal has been to win the MAC championship.
That’s a step we’re going to have to take.”
This is the 15th year
of the MAC Championship game. Before the game a youth football fest
will take place in connection with NCAA Youth Football and the Detroit
Police Athletic League.
Northern Illinois Athletics
is offering a Huskie Fan Bus Package for supporters interested in
traveling to Detroit. The package is $200 and includes a ticket
to the game, admission to the HASF/NIU Alumni Association Tailgate
event and round-trip transportation from DeKalb and Oakbrook Center
to Detroit. The Huskie Fan Bus departs DeKalb from the Convocation
Center (Lot C3) at 7:30 a.m. C.S.T. and from outside Macy's at Oakbrook
Center at 8:15 a.m. C.S.T. The bus will arrive in Detroit at 4:15
p.m. E.T. and the HASF/NIU Alumni Association Tailgate will be from
4:30-6:30 p.m. E.T. with the program beginning at 5:45 p.m.
Ohio University is also
sponsoring bus packages leaving from Athens and an alumni pregame
party at Ford Field.
celebrates close win over Northern Illinois in MAC Championship