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Ball State comes to town looking to defeat Huskies

By Brian Belford | November 15, 2011

With only two games left in the season and the MAC championship game looming ahead, it's easy to say NIU is feeling a little déjà vu. The Huskies (7-3, 5-1 MAC) again find themselves in position to get back to Detroit and win the MAC Championship, something...

Breakdown: Ball State’s defense

By Brian Belford | November 15, 2011

Defensive Line The Cardinals will start junior Donovan Jarrett, sophomore Joel Cox, senior Adam Morris and sophomore Nathan Ollie in their traditional 4-3 defense. Ollie is by far the most dangerous lineman, as he leads the team in sacks as a defensive...

NIU key player: Chandler Harnish

By Eli Gehn | November 15, 2011

How many yards will Chandler Harnish put up this week?

Harnish continues to shred opposing defenses with his dual-threat capabilities, and it seems no one has an answer to stop him.

Harnish continues to put records on the board for NIU quarterback play, and if he throws one more touchdown pass tonight, he will hold the record for most passing touchdowns in Huskies history, surpassing George Bork.

The Bluffington, Ind. native has continued to put up big numbers on the ground, rushing for 1,022 yards, which ranks third in the MAC.

"With Chandler doing good, I'm really proud of him," said NIU running back Jasmin Hopkins. "I hope he keeps doing what he's been doing; he's a playmaker."

NIU's offense will continue to be successful if Harnish is able to keep opposing defenses on their heels.

Ball State is ranked last in total defense in the MAC, giving up over 490 yards per game.

And with Harnish playing as well as he has, it makes everyone else on the offensive side better, making the Huskies offense tough to contain.

The beginning of a new era

By Brian Belford | November 11, 2011

The floors are waxed and the lineups are set.College basketball season has arrived, and new head coach Mark Montgomery and NIU will tip-off the year against Purdue in L-afayette, Ind., Friday night.This could be a difficult matchup for a young Huskies'...

Key player: Matt Schilz

By Brian Belford | November 7, 2011

The Falcons won't intimidate many teams with a 4-5 record, but they can be dangerous.The man that makes Bowling Green State tick is redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt Schilz.Schilz ranks seventh in the MAC this year in total offense, throwing for 2,301...

Key player: NIU’s secondary

By Brian Belford | November 7, 2011

After Toledo wide receiver Eric Page and quarterback Austin Dantin blew up the Huskies with 322 yards and five touchdowns, it's clear the NIU secondary needs to step up.Bowling Green State has two senior receivers, Eugene Cooper and Kamar Jordan, that...

Huskies shoot poorly from beyond the arc

By Brian Belford | November 6, 2011

Three point shooting can be the difference between a lopsided win and an upset victory, and Carthage used the trey to defeat NIU 74-70 in overtime Friday night.The exhibition was supposed to be a game for the Huskies to flex their muscles against the...

Kent State pegged as beasts of the MAC East

By Brian Belford | November 3, 2011

Kent State(25-12 overall, 12-4 MAC)The Golden Flashes were the best team in the MAC during the regular season, but somehow lost in the tournament to Akron in the final, and found themselves playing in the NIT instead of the NCAA tournament. Kent State...

MAC West basketball season outlook

By Brian Belford | November 2, 2011

Western Michigan(21-13 overall, 11-5 MAC)A superb freshman class and the steady play from now senior guards Mike Douglas (13.9 ppg), Demetrius Ward (4.9 apg) and forward Flenard Whitfield (13.1 ppg) resulted in the Broncos cruising to the top of the MAC...

Harnish, Page steal the show for Huskies versus Rockets

By Brian Belford | November 2, 2011

Holy Toledo.Those have to be the words spoken by every player on the football field after NIU triumphed in a circus like 63-60 win over the Rockets in Toledo, Ohio Tuesday.The proverbial blizzard of points can be traced to the phenomenal games had by...

NIU’s defense shows up late against Rockets

By Brian Belford | November 2, 2011

Wow, what a game.My jaw dropped open four or five times. I felt like my computer chair was a seesaw as I watched NIU slug it out at the Glass Bowl against Toledo.The end result?The Huskies prevailed 63-60 over the Rockets in a frenetic game.At first,...

NIU looks to smash the Rockets at the Glass Bowl

By Brian Belford | October 31, 2011

NIU will play at Toledo in the Glass Bowl Tuesday night, but this game won't be a battle over fragile antiques.This is a pivotal late season match-up for the Huskies (5-3, 3-1 MAC). A win over the MAC West Division leading Rockets (5-3, 4-0 MAC) would...