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Former Michigan State quarterback Rocky Lombardi transferred to Northern Illinois this past offseason, and has now led the Huskies to a conference championship.

Northern Illinois defeated Kent State, 41-23, in the Mid-American Conference championship in Detroit on Saturday.

Lombardi had a quiet day through the air, throwing for 102 yards on 7-of-15 passing. The former Spartan had a bigger impact on the ground, rushing for 3 touchdowns and 17 yards on 8 carries for the Huskies.

Lombardi is best remembered during his time at Michigan State for the performance he had last season in a 27-24 victory over rival Michigan. On that day, he threw for 323 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Spartans.

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Today's victory marked Northern Illinois' first MAC championship since 2018, and the programs fifth conference title in the last 11 years.

On the season, Lombardi has thrown for 2,416 yards on a 58.1 completion percentage with 13 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. On the ground, the former Spartans has 406 yards and 8 rushing touchdowns on 86 carries.