Northern Illinois holds off Ball State 24-16
NIU had a 21-6 lead late in the third quarter, but the Cardinals closed to 21-16 on James Gilbert’s 3-yard TD run that was set up by Ray Wilborn’s interception. NIU answered with Andrew Gantz’s 27-yard field goal for a two-possession game with 5:26 to play.
Harbison scored on a 1-yard run for a 14-0 second-quarter lead and his second 1-yarder in the third quarter made it 21-6. Marcus Jones gained 130 yards on 12 carries.
Neal was 28 of 45 for 219 yards passing for the Cardinals (2-4, 2-2).