Football looks to improve

By Keelen Holcomb

DeKALB | Football goes back to work to focus on their second straight week away from Huskie Stadium in an attempt to win their first game of the season against the University of South Florida Bulls.

This game will be somewhat of a homecoming for several Huskies as there are 13 players who lived in Florida prior to committing to NIU. The Huskies (0-1) are coming off a tough loss against University of Wyoming after losing 40-34 in triple overtime. This marked the longest game in NIU history and was their first overtime game since the 2012 Mid-American Conference championship game versus Kent State University.

This will be the fourth time the Huskies and Bulls have met, the last time since 2010 when South Florida won 27-3 in the International Bowl game in Toronto, Canada.

South Florida beat the University of Townson Tigers in their first win Saturday with a score of 56-20.

“I have a ton of respect for South Florida,” said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey at a Tuesday press conference. “You can see on film [Willie Tagert, South Florida’s Head Coach] has a well-coached team and a real dynamic team with great personnel.”

Losing to Wyoming early Sunday proved NIU is a WWteam who will not give up. On the offensive side of the ball, senior wide receiver Kenny Golladay showed up, leading the team in rushing and receiving yards. He finished the game with 10 catches for 144 yards, three touchdowns and six carries for 82 yards.

Kickoff for the game is 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.