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Illinois survives upset bid by N. Illinois, 28-22

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Illinois head coach Ron Zook looks on during the first half of the NCAA college football game against Northern Illinois in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. Illinois defeated Northern Illinois 28-22. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman Illinois head coach Ron Zook looks on during the first half of the NCAA college football game against Northern Illinois in Champaign, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. Illinois defeated Northern Illinois 28-22. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman) By Seth Perlman

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Running back Mikel Leshoure rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase added 115 yards and another score to lead the Illini (2-1) past Northern Illinois, 28-22 on Saturday.

Leshoure and Scheelhaase combined for 53 rushing yards on a fourth quarter drive that set up a 32-yard field goal by Derek Dimke that provided the winning points.

It was Leshoure's fourth-straight 100-yard game dating to the end of the 2009 season.

NIU (1-2) was led by quarterback Chandler Harnish's 117 yards rushing and 208 passing. He ran for one touchdown and threw for another.

Illinois offensive lineman Hugh Thornton was hospitalized but able to move his extremities after being carted off the field in the third quarter.

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