DEKALB, Ill. - The Presbyterian College football team dropped its 2014 season opener at Northern Illinois on Thursday night, falling to the Huskies, 55-3.
PC (0-1) returns home to host Bluefield College on Saturday, September 6. Kickoff at Bailey Memorial Stadium is slated for 7 p.m. and a fireworks extravaganza will follow after the game's end.
Northern Illinois (1-0) used an uptempo, no-huddle offense early on to take a 34-0 lead into halftime.
The Blue Hose broke up the Huskies' shutout bid with a quality drive late in the third quarter. Quarterback Kaleb Griffin (Florence, S.C.) found Daryl Wilson (Hendersonville, N.C.) for a 27-yard completion as part of a nine-play series that set up a 31-yard Brandon Morrow (Snellville, Ga.) field goal. The kick marked the freshman's first career field goal attempt.
One bright spot for PC came from senior receiver Jeremiah McKie (Simpsonville, S.C.), who compiled a team-high 125 all-purpose yards on the night to eclipse 2,000 for his career.
The Blue Hose lost a fumble four plays into their opening drive and the Huskies capitalized, scoring eight plays later on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Matt McIntosh to a streaking Da'Ron Brown. The score put the home side up 7-0 with 11:02 left in the first quarter.
An apparent Northern Illinois fumble deep in the red zone nearly gave PC the ball back, but a lengthy review overturned the play and set up a 32-yard Huskies field goal. Ed Britt (Greensboro, N.C.) made a crucial third-down tackle to force the kick, which gave Northern Illinois a 10-0 lead at the 4:56 mark of the first quarter.
On the Huskies' next drive, the home side assembled a 12-play, 64-yard series that Joel Bouagnon capped with a one-yard touchdown run for a 17-0 Northern Illinois lead late in the first quarter.
Bouagnon struck again on the Huskies' next drive, scoring on a 23-yard touchdown run for a 24-0 advantage with 12:39 before halftime.
Darius Norfleet (Memphis, Tenn.) picked up a sack midway through the second quarter when he brought down Drew Hare seven yards behind the line. Several plays later, Northern Illinois missed a 21-yard field goal to keep the score at 24-0.
Bouagnon picked up his third rushing touchdown on a nine-yard scamper to make it a 31-0 game 2:30 before halftime.
With PC about to punt one minute before halftime, Northern Illinois called a timeout. The Huskies then marched down the field on nine plays to set up a 26-yard field goal and a 31-0 halftime lead.
Northern Illinois wasted little time scoring to open the second half as a 49-yard Drew Hare touchdown pass to Juwan Brescacin gave the home team a 41-0 lead just 1:33 into the third quarter.
An interception gave the Huskies the ball at the PC 13 and they took advantage three plays later, with Joel Bouagnon's fourth touchdown of the night.
Rosier registered his first career sack in the third quarter and DaRon Dickey (Greenville, S.C.) blew up in a play in the backfield in the same frame.
Draco Smith tacked on a touchdown run late in the third before PC held the Huskies to zero points in the final quarter.
The Blue Hose committed only two penalties all night.
Akeem Daniels led the Huskies in rushing yards with 118 and Drew Hare threw for a game-high 100 yards. For PC, LaQua Mayes (Rose Hill, Kan.) paced the team on the ground with 31 yards. Starting quarterback Heys McMath (Savannah, Ga.) went 8-for-14 for 27 yards and Wilson's catch gave him a team-high 27 receiving yards.
Punter Stephen Doar (Landrum, S.C.) punted nine times to set a new career-high of 387 yards, averaging 43.0 yards per kick.