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Terrell helps lead W. Michigan past N. Illinois 45-30

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  • Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis (84) catches a pass with one hand in the end zone to score a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Northern Illinois, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)

    Western Michigan wide receiver Corey Davis (84) catches a pass with one hand in the end zone to score a touchdown during an NCAA college football game against Northern Illinois, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Kalamazoo, Mich. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette-MLive Media Group via AP)
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Zach Terrell guided Western Michigan to four scores after halftime, including the dagger touchdown from the 2, to defeat six-time defending Mid-American West champion Northern Illinois 45-30 on Saturday night.

Justin Ferguson and Robert Spillane ended Northern Illinois' last two drives with interceptions.

Terrell threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos (6-0, 2-0 MAC) are 6-0 for the first time since 1941. They are bowl eligible and have a chance to crack The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time after receiving 76 votes last week.

Corey Davis (6 catches, 122 yards) and Jarvion Franklin (3-80) made spectacular grabs on the winning TD drive - Davis a one-hander as he fell out the back of the end zone (making it 31-23). Two plays earlier, Franklin was clobbered as the ball arrived, but the defender went sprawling and Franklin spun and ran another 17 yards for a 39-yard gainer.

The Huskies (1-5, 1-1) tried to win its second-straight game, making up a 14-0 gap and coming as close as 24-23 after halftime.

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