Richardson also kicked a 51-yard field goal late in the first quarter.
Bowers had 338 yards and a score passing for the Huskies. Tre Harbison ran for 113 yards and three touchdowns.
The Huskies’ Corey Lersch blocked the first punt of the game, following a three-and-out by Ohio, and Adam Buirge returned it for a Northern Illinois touchdown. Ohio answered with three first-half touchdowns to lead 21-10 at intermission.
Harbinson’s two touchdown runs in the third quarter gave the Huskies a 22-21 lead going into the wild fourth.
Nathan Rourke threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns for the Bobcats (2-4, 1-1).
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