Northern Defeats Central Florida, 40-20

Updated 10/7/2000
Northern Illinois Justin McCareins (85) makes a diving effort to catch a pass. McCareins scored a touchdown in the 40-20 NIU win.
(AP Photo/Mobile Register, John David Mercer)
DEKALB, Ill. (AP) (October 7, 2000) -- Chris Finlen passed for 153 yards and two touchdowns as Northern Illinois beat Central Florida 40-20 on Saturday.

The Huskies (3-2) outscored the Golden Knights (3-3) 26-0 in the second and third quarters to go ahead 26-7.

Central Florida's Ryan Schneider was 30-of-40 passing for 301 yards and two TDs, both to Tyson Hinshaw in the final quarter. The first score was an 11-yard pass and the last was a 35-yarder with 3:12 left. Schneider was intercepted once and the Knights lost six fumbles.

Edward Mack had opened the scoring with a 4-yard run for the Knights.

Finlen hit Justin McCariens with a 40-yard scoring pass in the second quarter, then found Matt Dunker on a 2-yard TD aerial in the final period.

Northern Illinois' Thomas Hammock led all rushers with 143 yards on 34 carries and one TD. He scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter.

Steve Azar kicked a 44-yard field goal and Buster Sampson returned a fumble recovery 24 yards for a TD for Northern Illinois.