The first conference championship game of the 2011 season has been decided as Northern Illinois beat Eastern Michigan 18-12 today. The win gives the Huskies the MAC West crown and a game next Friday against MAC East division champion Ohio.
NIU’s critical game came at the beginning of this month in a wild 63-60 win over Toledo to give the Huskies the tiebreaker over the Rockets. Ohio secured their trip to Detroit on last week with a 29-28 win over Bowling Green.
Both teams have identical 9-3 records and have played in the MAC championship the last two years. Ohio lost to Central Michigan 20-10 in 2009 and Northern Illinois lost to Miami (OH) last season.