Northern Illinois defeats Eastern Michigan, somehow, to obtain berth in MAC Championship

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Chandler Harnish #12 of the Northern Illinois Huskies throws a pass against the Wisconsin Badgers at Soldier Field on September 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

It was a hard-fought, 18-12 victory for the Huskies.

The defense had one of the best games of the season, forcing EMU to kick two field goals early on. Eastern Michigan was so close to converting touchdowns, one right in the endzone and one when a player was wide open due to a relapse on defense.

The offense was almost non-existent outside Chandler Harnish's 148 yds rushing and 98 yds passing, a touchdown both through the air and on the ground. Blame the early start or the wind, but the playcalling wasn't very productive all game long. Harnish had a couple off-passes.

The offense had their chances early on, but faltered because of penalties (6-50 yds and only converted 2 of 13 on 3rd down, an extremely sub-par number. Credit EMU's defense though, they fought hard through the whole game and hit our players hard.

The Huskies fought hard to get to their second straight MAC Championship, the only game that matters anymore. The offense can't be this unproductive and the team can't start this slow to obtain a victory on Detroit.

A win is a win, however ugly it may be.

Huskie fans, what are your thoughts on the game?

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