Terrell helps lead Western Michigan past N. Illinois 45-30

Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell (11) celebrates with fans after defeating Illinois in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)
Western Michigan quarterback Zach Terrell (11) celebrates with fans after defeating Illinois in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Zach Terrell guided Western Michigan to four scores after halftime, including the dagger touchdown from the 2, to defeat six-time defending Mid-American West champion Northern Illinois 45-30 on Saturday night.

Justin Ferguson and Robert Spillane ended Northern Illinois’ last two drives with interceptions.

Terrell threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the Broncos (6-0, 2-0 MAC) are 6-0 for the first time since 1941. They are bowl eligible and have a chance to crack The Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time after receiving 76 votes last week.

Corey Davis (6 catches, 122 yards) and Jarvion Franklin (3-80) made spectacular grabs on the winning TD drive — Davis a one-hander as he fell out the back of the end zone (making it 31-23). Two plays earlier, Franklin was clobbered as the ball arrived, but the defender went sprawling and Franklin spun and ran another 17 yards for a 39-yard gainer.

The Huskies (1-5, 1-1) tried to win its second-straight game, making up a 14-0 gap and coming as close as 24-23 after halftime.