Sept. 12, 2009
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Junior Stefan Demos hit a career-long 49-yard field goal with six seconds remaining in the fourth quarter Saturday to give Northwestern a 27-24 win over Eastern Michigan at Ryan Field.
The field goal was the longest of Demos' career after he hit a 26-yard chip shot last week against Towson for his first collegiate field goal. It was the longest for Northwestern since Amado Villarreal hit a 49-yarder on Sept. 29, 2007, against Michigan. Demos also added a 20-yard field goal earlier in the fourth quarter.
Stephen Simmons rushed for 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Northwestern (2-0). He scored on the first two drives of the game for NU, finding paydirt from one yard out midway through the first quarter and then reaching the end zone again from 14 yards early in the second. The latter touchdown capped a 13-play, 99-yard drive.
Sophomore linebacker Ben Johnson made the score 21-0 when he intercepted an Andy Schmitt pass and returned it 70 yards for a pick-six at the 9:08 mark in the second quarter.
Eastern Michigan (0-2) took advantage of a fumble by the Wildcats deep in their own territory to get on the board late in the second quarter as Joe Carithers connected on a 33-yard field goal attempt.
The Eagles eventually worked all the way back to tie the score, 24-24, with 21 second-half points, including a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. The game-tying tally came at the 2:08 mark when Terrence Blevins scored from three-yards out.
The game-winning drive featured a pair of penalties against Northwestern before quarterback Mike Kafka found Andrew Brewer for a pair of late completions to set up the game-winning kick. Kafka finished 14-of-24 through the air for 158 yards and one interception.
Demetrius Fields caught four passes to lead the Wildcats while Drake Dunsmore hauled in two catches for a team-high 48 yards.
Brendan Smith led the defense with 12 tackles.