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Michigan running back Hassan Haskins (25) dives into the end zone for a five-yard touchdown run against Northern Illinois in the first half of a NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

Michigan run game stomps Huskies

James Krause, Sports Editor September 18, 2021

ANN ARBOR — The 25th ranked University of Michigan Wolverines were too much for NIU, running roughshod over the Huskies 63-10 Saturday at Michigan Stadium. The Wolverines combined for eight rushing touchdowns on the day, scoring on all but two drives....

The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner makes it way across the field after an Oklahoma touchdown against Tulane during a NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, in Norman, Okla.

Best upcoming college football matchups

Noah Silver, Sports Reporter September 16, 2021

Football is finally all the way back! The NFL season kicked off this past week and now week three of the College football season is about to get underway. Although there may not be a ton of flashy matchups to hoot and holler about, five games stand out...

Red Black Football Podcast (Week 3 at Michigan w/ Rocky Lombardi)

Red Black Football Podcast (Week 3 at Michigan w/ Rocky Lombardi)

Northern Star Staff September 15, 2021

After trailing by as many as 26 points, NIU had a potential program-record comeback denied in the last two minutes by the Wyoming Cowboys in a 50-43 loss. Thomas Hammock's team once again showed toughness and heart that won over fans at Huskie Stadium's...

Junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi drops back for a pass on Sept. 11 against the University of Wyoming. Lombardi led his previous school, the Michigan State Spartans, to an upset win over Michigan last season.

NIU seeking upset against Michigan

James Krause, Sports Editor September 14, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU football team’s biggest challenge this year will take place Saturday in the biggest stadium in the country, Michigan Stadium, against the 25th ranked University of Michigan Wolverines. The Huskies have played back-to-back games...

Fans throw up the Huskie symbol at Saturday's home opener between NIU and Wyoming. The reported attendance was 11,334.

Fans showed they remembered NIU

James Krause, Sports Editor September 13, 2021

DeKALB — Two hours before kickoff on the west side of Huskie Stadium, a voice rings out in joy from a lawn chair under a red canopy. “Thank god we’re back to somewhat normal,” the voice said over walls blaring music. The voice belonged to...

A photo of NIU running back Jordan Huff that ran in the Sept. 18, 2017 edition of the Northern Star after the Huskies beat the Nebraska Cornhuskers 21-17.

Football has history of Big 10 upsets

James Krause, Sports Editor September 13, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU football’s “boneyard” is filled with wins over their regional rivals in the Big Ten Conference. With the addition of a 22-21 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets of the Atlantic Athletic Conference, the number of “boneyard”...

Redshirt junior wide reciever Cole Tucker fends off an attempted tackle by University of Wyoming junior safety Rome Weber on Sept. 11 in DeKalb. The Huskies fell to 1-1 after a 50-43 loss Saturday to Wyoming.

Huskies rally stalls against Cowboys

James Krause, Sports Editor September 11, 2021

DeKALB — The Huskies had a potential program-record comeback swiped away by a late touchdown by the University of Wyoming Cowboys, losing 50-43 in their home opener Saturday.  Down by 26 points with 6:03 left in the third quarter, the Huskies rattled...

Redshirt freshman running back Harrison Waylee runs with the ball during an Aug. 20 practice. Waylee rushed for 144 yards against Georgia Tech on Sept. 4.

NIU football players share routines

James Krause, Sports Editor September 10, 2021

Before the Huskies take the field on weekends, some players have to get their body and mind ready for the gridiron. Here are what some NIU football players say they do to prepare for game days. What is your routine on game days? Sophomore cornerback...

Red Black Football Podcast (Week 2 vs. Wyoming w/ Lance Deveaux Jr.)

Red Black Football Podcast (Week 2 vs. Wyoming w/ Lance Deveaux Jr.)

James Krause, Sports Editor September 8, 2021

NIU opened the season with a 22-21 upset victory over Georgia Tech with a thrilling finish that came down to the final minute. A touchdown drive led by junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi ended with a successful two-point conversion thanks to a highlight...

Redshirt senior running back Clint Ratkovich practices on Aug. 20 at Huskies Stadium. Ratkovich scored a touchdown late in the fourth quarter of NIU's 22-21 win over Georgia Tech.

Huskies saddle up for home opener

James Krause, Sports Editor September 7, 2021

DeKALB — Fresh off an upset victory last week against Georgia Tech, the NIU football team has begun preparing for their home opener against the University of Wyoming Cowboys at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The Huskies celebrated a boneyard win 22-21 in Atlanta...

NIU players and coaches storm the field at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Sept. 4 after the Huskies defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 22-21. It's the Huskies first win since Nov. 26, 2019.

Transfer portal leaders paying off

James Krause, Sports Editor September 6, 2021

The story of how NIU pulled off their electric 22-21 victory Saturday over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets didn’t start with the game-winning drive or the early 14-0 lead. It started in the days and weeks after the Huskies 2020 season ended when...

NIU wide receiver Tyrice Richie (3) catches a pass over Georgia Tech defensive back Wesley Walker (13) during the first half of the Huskies 22-21 victory over Georgia Tech on Sept. 4, 2021, in Atlanta.

Huskies rally to upset Georgia Tech

James Krause, Sports Editor September 5, 2021

ATLANTA — On the catch that put NIU ahead by the eventual final score of 22-21 over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Saturday night, redshirt senior wide receiver Tyrice Richie was telling everyone he knew he caught it. “I was just telling everyone...

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