Mount Carmel graduate Jordan Lynch accounted for 424 yards of offense in the air and on the ground as Northern Illinois overcame six touchdown passes by Jimmy Garoppolo to pull out a 43-39 victory on Saturday night.
Garoppolo, with 450 yards on 34-of-49 passing, tied Tony Romo's school career record of 85 TD throws.
Garoppolo's pass to Erik Lora, who had 198 yards receiving, put the Panthers ahead 39-36 with 9:53 remaining.
NIU's Keith Harris Jr., who scored twice, rushed 8 yards for a 43-39 lead with 8:25 left. The NIU defense then stiffened and the Huskies ran out the final 5:01.
The Panthers (3-1) had a 20-0 first-quarter lead on three Garoppolo TD passes. The Huskies rallied, taking the lead at 23-20 just before halftime.
Cameron Stingily rushed for a career-high 134 yards and two touchdowns for NIU (3-0), which won its 22nd straight home game, best in the nation.
Southern Illinois 36, Southeast Missouri 19: Malcolm Agnew ran for 127 yards and a touchdown to lead Southern Illinois past rival Southeast Missouri in the first football game at the new Busch Stadium.
Southern Illinois (2-2) scored the final 17 points, including an 18-yard pass from Kory Faulkner to MyCole Pruitt and a 9-yard Agnew rush.
SE Missouri (0-3) tied the game at 19 on a 75-yard touchdown from Kyle Snyder to Paul McRoberts with 7:34 left in the third quarter. McRoberts finished with five catches for 133 yards and two touchdowns.
Southern Illinois had the ball for over 36 minutes and gained 209 yards on the ground, compared to 53 for SE Missouri.
Saturday marked the 81st meeting between the two schools that are located 46 miles apart. SIU has won four of the last five games since the series renewed in 2009. SE Missouri holds the all-time series lead at 39-34-8.
Illinois St. 31, Abilene Christian 17: Collin Keoshian scored on a 3-yard run to cap a 91-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter as Illinois State christened its remodeled stadium by holding off Abilene Christian.
Defense was the difference as the Redbirds (1-2) kept the high-powered offense of the Wildcats (3-1) in check.
Abilene Christian entered the game averaging 65 points and 562 yards per contest. The Wildcats were limited to 288 yards.
Illinois State took a 17-10 lead late in the second quarter on a 19-yard pass from Blake Winkler to Camero Meredith and then got a 62-yard punt return on the last play of the half to push its lead to 14.
ACU then took advantage of a botched fourth-down gamble to pull within a touchdown on a John David Baker's second touchdown pass but after the teams traded punts the Redbirds responded with a drive that lasted almost 7 minutes.
UNLV 38, Western Illinois 7: Caleb Herring threw for 140 yards and a touchdown and rushed for another 57 to lead UNLV to a win over Western Illinois.
The UNLV Rebels (2-2) scored the second time they had the ball as Tim Cornett capped a 46-yard drive with a 3-yard run for the score.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-2) came right back with a 10-play drive to UNLV's 20 but could not convert on fourth down.
Herring threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Jake Phillips to give the Rebels a 17-0 halftime lead.
UNLV added two more touchdowns in the third as Cornett ran for a 42-yard score and Adonis Smith plunged in from 4 yards out, giving the Rebels a comfortable 31-0 lead.
Trenton Norvell hit Joey Borsellino with an 11-yard scoring strike in the third quarter for the Leathernecks only score.