Eskridge helps Western Michigan rally for 30-27 victory

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — D’Wayne Eskridge ran a kickoff back for a touchdown and capped a big day with a reverse that set up the winning field goal as unbeaten Western Michigan edged Northern Illinois 30-27.

Eskridge, whose 100-yard return gave the Broncos a 20-17 halftime edge before Northern Illinois retook the lead, ran 27 yards to the NIU 9 that set up Gavin Peddie’s field goal with 2:23 remaining.

Eskridge finished with 134 yards receiving. Ross Bowers threw for three touchdowns and Tyrice Richie had a career-high 131 yards receiving on 12 catches for the Huskies.

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