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The 17 carries for 77 yards also looks pedestrian. But dig in to those numbers. Childers ran for first downs six times in the first half alone. Five times those runs came on third or fourth down – including a third and 9 and third and 14.
Then after not getting a first on a carry in the second half, Childers came up with another great play in the third overtime. On the first series of downs, NIU was facing a third and 4 from the EMU 19. The Huskies were down 23-20. And sure, a 36-yard field goal seems like a fairly safe bet. But it was a weird game when it came to field goals – EMU in particular missed field goals in the fourth and overtime.
So Childers runs for another first down, this time 5 yards. Tre Harbison ran the next four times, including for a 1-yard touchdown on third and goal.
"Anytime you can pick up third downs with your feet or your arms that's good," NIU coach Rod Carey said. "And look, I don't know where he ended up, but at halftime he was 13 of 22 or something like that. They weren't going to give us anything deep, so we had to take the soft, underneath stuff. And he did a good job of it."