Sutton Smith, who came in leading the FBS with 20 tackles for losses this season, had two Thursday to set the Northern Illinois single-season record. The Huskies (7-3, 5-1 Mid-American Conference) finished with a school-record 18 TFLs (the most in an FBS game this season), including a season-high-tying seven sacks.
Childers threw touchdown passes to Shane Wimann and Jordan Huff before Trayshon Foster blocked a punt which Jackson Abresch returned 13 yards for a score to make it 21-7 at the end of the first quarter. Jauan Wesley blocked another Ball State (2-8, 0-6) punt, from inside its own end zone, and Abresch covered it to cap the scoring with 4:18 to play. The Huskies have blocked four punts in their last three games.
Northern Illinois has won nine in a row against the Cardinals.
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Tennessee Tech officials announced Sunday that coach Marcus Satterfield has been fired effective immediately.
Here is a list of the FBS head coaching changes made during the 2017 season.
Week 12 of the college football season didn't have the drama of a week ago, but Wisconsin, Ohio State, Miami and Oklahoma continued to press their case to be in the College Football Playoff.
UCLA fired football coach Jim Mora after six seasons, the school announced Sunday. Offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Alabama still No. 1 in AP poll; Boise State, Northwestern move into Top 25 for first time this season
The top nine teams in The Associated Press college football poll have held onto their spots, led by No. 1 Alabama. Northwestern and Boise State moved into the Top 25 for the first time this season.
Only Wisconsin and Ohio State remain in the conference championship picture and the College Football Playoff discussion.