Scharping then interrupted his coach.
“That was probably the best ball Marcus has thrown to me, by the way,” Scharping said. “So thanks for doing that in a game.”
“Pressure’s on, man,” Childers said through laughter.
The Huskies trailed, 21-9, in the fourth quarter, but Sutton Smith recorded a strip sack with the Huskies down five. NIU took over with 7:14 left in the game on their own 47. Childers ran for 20 on second-and-18. Then on third-and-6, Ohio was called for a pass interference, moving the ball to the Ohio 2.
Marcus Jones punched the ball in for a score and a 22-21 lead with 4:51 left.
Carey said the coaches knew what the call was going to be during the pivotal drive.
“Every time in a game, Max has a smart aleck comment – when are you going to call it?” Carey said. “I give [offensive coordinator Mike Uremovich] credit on that one. I told him on that drive way before we scored, you know you’re going for two. I was in between play calls, and he goes, ‘It’s going to be that play.’ That was it. There was never any doubt.