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University of Akron redshirt junior wide receiver Daniel George fails to make a catch against NIU redshirt freshman safety Devin Lafayette early in the second quarter during the game on Saturday.

Akron clobbers NIU, upsets Huskies’ senior sendoff

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 27, 2022
NIU football wrapped up its tumultuous 2022 season with a blowout loss at home against the conference bottom-dweller Akron.
NIU redshirt senior tight end Liam Soraghan turns upfield after catching a pass from freshman quarterback Nevan Cremascoli in the first quarter of Wednesdays football game between the NIU Huskies and the Miami University RedHawks. Soraghan finished the play by rolling into the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown, increasing the Huskies lead to 10-0. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Lost in the snow: Huskies fall short of Mallory Cup in cold-weather battle

By Joseph Segreti and Skyler Kisellus | November 17, 2022
The NIU football team ended its slate of midweek conference games with a 29-23 loss to Miami University on a snowy Wednesday night in DeKalb.
A member of the crowd at Barstool Sports’ live presentation of the Barstool College Football Show on Wednesday holding up a cellphone to film the ending of the show at Fatty’s Pub & Grille. Dave Portnoy, Barstool Sports president, announced the show’s season in early September, which included NIU in a series of Mid-American Conference games covered by the Barstool show. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: Barstool Sports draws excitement to NIU community

By Sean Reed, Multimedia Editor | November 17, 2022

DeKALB – Fatty’s Pub & Grille hosted popular media group Barstool Sports’ Barstool College Football Show as the second episode of a two part series covering mid-week Mid-American Conference football games, the first being hosted Tuesday in Toledo,...

Sophomore quarterback Justin Lynch races for 15-yard touchdown during the 115th Homecoming Game against the University of Toledo Rockets on Oct. 8 at Huskie Stadium. Lynch ran into the end zone for the deciding score in NIU’s conference matchup with Western Michigan University on Wednesday. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Injury-riddled Huskies escape Kalamazoo with second MAC victory

By Joseph Segreti, Senior Sports Reporter | November 10, 2022
The NIU football team, short its top tailbacks, pulled out a 24-21 victory over Western Michigan in a midweek MACtion showdown in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Former NIU coordinator suspended by Vandy after pro-Ye comments

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 8, 2022
Dan Jackson, current Vanderbilt defensive backs coach and former NIU coaching assistant, has been suspended after his social media comment supporting Ye.
Sophomore quarterback Justin Lynch passes the ball just before the team’s first touchdown during the Huskie’s homecoming game Saturday at Huskie Stadium. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Offense underwhelms in first midweek showdown

By Joseph Segreti, Senior Sports Reporter | November 3, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskies’ offense was unable to capitalize on defensive turnovers in a 35-22 loss against the Central Michigan University Chippewas. Sophomore quarterback Justin Lynch got his third straight start for the Huskies as redshirt senior...

An NIU defender brings down Central Michigan University freshman quarterback Bert Emanuel Jr. during the first half of Wednesdays MACtion game between NIU and CMU at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

NIU’s bowl hopes dashed by Chips in MACtion opener

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 2, 2022

DeKALB – NIU football’s bowl eligibility has gone up in smoke after falling 35-22 to the Central Michigan University Chippewas in Wednesday’s midweek "MACtion" matchup at Huskie Stadium. Wednesday’s Mid-American Conference showdown between...

The Huskie defensive line arranging at the 15 yard line, just before the Toledo Rockets run for the first touchdown of the game in the first quarter on Saturday at Huskie Stadium. (Marco Sotelo Avila | Northern Star)

Huskies edged by Bobcats sans Lombardi

By Joseph Segreti, Senior Sports Reporter | October 23, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskies (2-6, 1-3 MAC) fell to 2-6 after a close battle against the Ohio University Bobcats (5-3, 3-1 MAC). Redshirt senior quarterback Rocky Lombardi was not in uniform for Saturday’s matchup against Ohio. Last week against Eastern...

Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich runs down the field during NIUs game on Sept. 11 at Huskie Stadium against Wyoming.

Huskies defeated by Ohio University in road battle

By Ethan Gonzales, Assistant Sports Editor | October 22, 2022

ATHENS, OHIO – Ohio University handed the Huskies their sixth loss of the season to dampen NIU’s chances of making a bowl game this season. The Bobcats won 24-17. Bobcats’ redshirt junior quarterback Kurtis Rourke completed an eight-yard pass...

Redshirt sophomore John Richardson kicks a field goal in the second quarter against the University of Maine on Sept. 25, 2021. Richardson made all four of his field goal attempts in NIUs 39-10 win over Eastern Michigan University on Saturday. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Richardson earns MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week

By Northern Star Sports Staff | October 17, 2022

DeKALB – NIU redshirt junior kicker John Richardson was named the Mid-American Conference’s West Division Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday as part of the MAC’s Week 7 Players of the Week. Richardson earned this honor by making all four...

Fourth-year wide receiver Jayshon Jackson catches the football in a game against Northern Illinois Oct. 1 at Sheumann Stadium. Jackson had 10 receptions during the game. (Amber Pietz | Ball State Daily News)

Huskies dominate Eastern Michigan, running backs shine in 39-10 victory

By Joseph Segreti, Senior Sports Reporter | October 16, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskie defense shut down Eastern Michigan University’s offense, as NIU earned its second win of the season.   The win ended the Huskies’ five game losing streak. It was also NIU’s first win against a Mid-American Conference opponent...

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