Northern Illinois takes on Ohio in MAC title game

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DETROIT (AP) -- A year after losing the Mid-American Conference championship game in the final minute, Northern Illinois is back for another try.

The Huskies (9-3, 7-1 MAC) take on Ohio (9-3, 6-2) on Friday night at Ford Field. Northern Illinois faced Miami of Ohio last season in this game and lost 26-21 on a touchdown with 33 seconds remaining.

This year, the Huskies edged Toledo for the right to represent the MAC West in the title game, beating the Rockets 63-60 in a Nov. 1 thriller.

Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish has thrown for 23 touchdowns and four interceptions this season. Ohio's Tyler Tettleton has thrown for 26 touchdowns and seven interceptions.