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Huskie Briefs: Xavier Silas, Jordan Delegal and Mo Smunt

By Andrew Singer | November 22, 2010

Xavier Silas has been named MAC West Player of the Week following 22 and 34-point performances against Bradley and Cardinal Stritch, respectively. The senior guard on the NIU men's basketball team shot 64.3 percent from the field while sinking all 12...

Ray Gooden consoles freshman Justine Schepler (middle) after falling to Ohio in the MAC Tournament Championship.

NIU volleyball loses to Ohio in championship match

By Katie Leb | November 21, 2010

TOLEDO, OHIO | The year before Ray Gooden became NIU head volleyball coach, the Huskies won the Mid-American Conference Tournament in a 3-0 defeat of Ball State. The year was 2001, in which the Huskies went 24-6, with a 15-3 MAC record. Nine years later,...

Harnish and another NIU teammate celebrates a touchdown in a game earlier this season.

Is this the best football team ever at NIU?

By Chris Dertz | November 21, 2010

Is this the best football team ever at NIU? I pose the question as the Huskies, after a 59-21 dismantling of Ball State, have outscored their last two opponents 124-51. They have won eight straight games, the team’s longest winning streak since 1965,...

Chad Spann scores his third touchdown during the MAC West championship game.

Huskies clinch MAC West title, will travel to first MAC Championship game since 2005

By Andrew Singer | November 21, 2010

There are a lot of things the NIU football team has never done. Before Saturday for example, the Huskies had never paired a MAC West title with an eight-game win streak. One 59-21 triumph over Ball State later and NIU can celebrate its eighth consecutive...

Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann rushed for three touchdowns in the Huskies 65-30 win over Toledo on Nov. 9.

NIU football takes on Ball State with chance to clinch MAC West title

By Chris Dertz | November 18, 2010

With one more win, the NIU football program will have accomplished what MAC voters believed it would before the season began; first place in the MAC West. After beating Toledo 65-30 at home on Nov. 9, the Huskies (8-2 overall, 6-0 MAC) now hold their...

Breaking down the Ball State Cardinals

By Jimmy Johnson | November 17, 2010

Offense Quarterback: The Cardinals' roster relies on a lot of young players, but everything starts with freshman quarterback Keith Wenning. The true freshman signal caller has gotten the majority of snaps under center, starting nine contests for Ball...

Volleyball loses two on weekend

By Katie Leb | October 31, 2010

In what was considered an already scary holiday weekend, NIU volleyball's two losses added to the spookiness. Continuing their longest road trip of the season, the Huskies (23-4 overall, 9-3 MAC) traveled to Toledo and Ball State, but were unable to...

MAC West breakdown

By Jimmy Johnson | October 12, 2010

Home-field advantage wasn't a factor for Ball State as they fell to Western Michigan 45-16. It was all but over at the conclusion of the first half as the Broncos would put the Cardinals in a 31-6 hole. Ball State's only touchdown on the day came from...

Volleyball split to open MAC play

By Katie Leb | September 26, 2010

DeKALB | The Huskies added another victory at Victor E. Court this weekend against Toledo, but also put in a loss against Ball State to open MAC play. NIU head coach Ray Gooden knew going into the Ball State (11-3, 1-1 MAC) match on Friday, the Huskies...

Huskie volleyball ready to take on MAC

By Katie Leb | September 23, 2010

After 15 matches of non-conference play, Huskie volleyball is ready to begin playing MAC opponents. The Huskies (14-1) will begin conference play with three matches at home, beginning tonight against Ball State (10-2). In preseason rankings, the Huskies...

A look around the Mac West

By Jerry Burnes | September 8, 2010

Ball State Cardinals Ball State defeated Southeast Missouri State last week behind 105 yards and a touchdown from running back Eric Williams. Star quarterback Kelly Page was 10-of-17 for 85 yards. The Cardinals rushed for 243 yards as a team with Cory...