Cal Poly loses at Northern Illinois

DeKALB, Ill. — Cal Poly's football team outscored Northern Illinois 23-13 in the second half today, but it wasn't enough to overcome a huge halftime deficit in a 47-30 loss to the Huskies.

The Mustangs (1-3) had no answers for Northern Illinois' offense which amassed nearly 550 yards of total offense. Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish was unofficially 18 of 21 passing for 187 yards and added 118 rushing yards on 13 carries. Running back Jasmin Hopkins led all rushers with 143 yards on 22 carries.

The Mustangs got second-half rushing touchdowns from Andre Broadous and Jake Romanelli and a touchdown pass from running back David Mahr to Mark Rodgers. Broadhous, Romanelli and Rodgers all rushed for more than 90 yards, but Cal Poly threw only eight passes in the contest.

Cal Poly is now off until Oct. 8 when the Mustangs return home to face Central Oklahoma. Cal Poly opens Great West Conference play the following week at home against Southern Utah, the defending conference champ.

For more on today's game, see Sunday's print edition of The Tribune.