Huskies Get Boneyard Get In excess of Georgia Tech

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ATLANTA, Ga. – Tyrice Richie produced a diving capture of a two-position conversion pass with 38 seconds to participate in to give the Northern Illinois College Huskies (1-) a 22-21 win in excess of Georgia Tech (-1) Saturday evening at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
 
The capture, manufactured formal immediately after a evaluate that appeared a lot extended than the two minutes in genuine time, followed a three-yard touchdown move from Rocky Lombardi to Clint Ratkovich that pulled NIU inside of 1 at 21-20.  Ratkovich’s catch capped a textbook two-moment travel executed approximately correctly by Lombardi and the Huskie offense as they drove 80 yards in 9 performs and 2:04 for the profitable rating.
 
NIU Head Coach Thomas Hammock was not astonished that the Huskies ended up in a position to make the plays when it counted in the conclude and explained the choice to go for two to acquire the recreation in that predicament was made on Friday night in activity administration planning.  
 
“I know the toughness of our crew, and the more difficult you function, the more durable it is to surrender,” Hammock stated. “We were not gonna quit, we have been not gonna give up, we had been heading to find a way to make a play and those people young ones did that.
 
“I am very pleased of our young ones and very pleased of our coaches. The commitment it normally takes to go via a season like we did past 12 months with each adversity, nobody made an justification, no one got down, every person however believed and these days it was good to see their belief rewarded.  I believed we played properly in all 3 phases and gave ourselves a likelihood.”
 
Lombardi accomplished 11-of-17 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the game. Senior linebacker Lance Deveaux Jr. led the NIU defense with 12 tackles, 8 solo and the Huskies gathered 4 sacks on the night time.  NIU
 
Following Georgia Tech took its 1st guide of the recreation with 6:32 to enjoy on a 4-garden run by quarterback Jordan Yates that adopted a Huskie fumble at the 25-garden line, Lombardi and organization commenced the sport-profitable travel with a 39-property completion to Richie.  After a pair of incompletions, the junior transfer strike tailback Harrison Waylee for 16 yards on 3rd-and-10, and Waylee ran for 11 yards to the Ga Tech 14 on the next perform. Runs by Waylee and Lombardi acquired five yards and a 6-lawn completion gave the Huskies a to start with down at the Tech three, environment up the ultimate plays.
 
The Huskie protection held 1 last time in the very last 38 seconds as the Yellow Jackets drove from their 25 to the NIU 43 right before a 60-property discipline target attempt was blocked by NIU’s Michael Kennedy, providing NIU its very first “Boneyard” Victory considering the fact that 2018 and its 17th all-time. Boneyard Wins are gathered about prominent opponents or groups from leagues now designated as “Energy 5”.  The Huskies attained their 3rd win in excess of an ACC opponent all-time and first due to the fact defeating Maryland in 2003.
 
Waylee ran for a vocation significant 144 yards on 27 carries and opened the scoring with a 35-garden landing run at 3:42 of the to start with quarter to give NIU a 7- direct.  The Johnston, Iowa solution accounted for 63 of the Huskies’ 74 yards on the push.
 
“Harrison is two times the player he was last calendar year,” Hammock claimed. “He set the do the job in.  We went into this recreation decided to make it a four-quarter video game.”   
 
NIU took a 14- lead on its subsequent possession. With 10:14 to play in the half, Lombardi hit restricted finish Miles Joiner with a five-garden go to complete a 12-enjoy, 66-property drive.
 
Cornerback Eric Rogers recovered a Ga Tech fumble on the Jackets’ up coming possession. Immediately after the NIU push stalled, punter Matt Ference pinned Georgia Tech on its very own a few-garden line. From there, the Jackets drove 97 yards in 17 plays driving back again-up quarterback Jordan Yates and converted four 3rd-downs to hold the push alive. Yates connected with huge receiver Kyric McGowan on a 22-garden completion for the landing as the 50 percent finished with NIU top Georgia Tech 14-7.
 
Neither staff dented the scoreboard in the 3rd quarter although Ga Tech appeared to have scored when Yates identified McGowan in the corner of the conclude zone with 7:49 on the clock, but critique showed that McGowan’s foot was out of bounds when he caught the ball and NIU took over at its two-garden line.
 
The next 3 possessions finished in punts in advance of Ga Tech set collectively a five-participate in, 77-lawn scoring generate that begun with a 53-property completion from Yates to Malachi Carter to the NIU 24-yard line. On fourth and one, Dontae Smith went in from 15 yards out for the touchdown with Brent Cimaglia’s PAT tying the score at 14 with 7:44 to play.
 
Yates and the Jackets then took benefit of Waylee fumble on the next perform of NIU’s up coming possession as the quarterback scored from four yards out to give Georgia Tech the lead.
 
The teams traded punts again with Tech’s punt sailing into the close zone with 2:42 left, giving NIU time to mount its recreation-profitable travel.
 
In honor of NIU’s 17th Boneyard Victory all-time, tickets to the Huskies house opener vs . Wyoming up coming Saturday, Sept. 11, are on sale for $17 utilizing this backlink: https://little bit.ly/NIUBoneYard.
 
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