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Toledo defensive breakdown

By Brian Belford | October 30, 2011

Defensive Line Toledo has an experienced defensive line with starting defensive tackles Johnie Roberts, Johnathan Lamb and senior defensive end Malcolm Riley. The trio has helped the Rockets rank second in the MAC in rushing defense and fourth in the...

The Huskies’ Fab Five

By Brian Belford | October 27, 2011

Unless you have been living in a cave or under a rock, you have witnessed some of NIU football's most prolific offenses in the past two years.The myriad of success enjoyed by the Huskies' offense this year, and last, is largely due to the play of the...

Men’s basketball back to the grind

By Brian Belford | October 24, 2011

NIU men's basketball officially began to prepare for the season as it played its red and black scrimmage Saturday.The Huskies played six quarters of basketball with MAC officials calling the game, switching sides often to simulate different situations,...

Huskies squeak by Bulls

By Brian Belford | October 24, 2011

On a cold, dreary day, NIU was able to cling on to victory over Buffalo thanks to a botched extra point attempt.Buffalo (2-6, 1-3 MAC) started a furious comeback in the final minutes and could have stolen the game away from the Huskies (5-3, 3-1 MAC)....

NIU, Buffalo ready to run wild

By Brian Belford | October 21, 2011

After an explosive victory over Western Michigan, NIU restored hope that it can be a winning team at both home and away gamesSaturday, the Huskies (4-3, 2-1 MAC) will try to continue their winning ways as they head east to take on the Buffalo (2-5, 1-2...

Breakdown: Buffalo’s defense

By Brian Belford | October 19, 2011

Defensive Line Grade: D+The Bulls rank 11 out of 13 teams in the MAC in rushing defense, and rank 10th overall in total defense in the MAC.The stats can be attributed to the Bulls' 3-4 defense, a scheme which relies on big, forceful defensive tackles...

‘It’s like Christmas’: NIU Athletics announces official launch of indoor practice facility

By Brian Belford | October 16, 2011

The NIU Athletics Office announced Saturday the official launch and campaign details of the NIU Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Facility.Things are moving quickly to make the building of the facility reality."This came together faster than any fundraiser...

Huskies slay Broncos, 51-22

By Brian Belford | October 16, 2011

Playing in swirling winds amongst a raucous homecoming crowd, NIU (4-3, 2-1 MAC) took advantage of the surplus school spirit and beat the Western Michigan Broncos (4-3, 2-1 MAC) 51-22. From the start of the game, it was obvious that the wind was a factor...

Head butts and religious scribes

By Brian Belford | October 11, 2011

Superstitions. Good luck charms. Ritualistic tendencies. Call them what you will, but they work in much the same way. Some of the most superstitious people in the world are athletes, and NIU football players are no exception to this wacky coincidence....

5 minutes with Anthony Wells

By Brian Belford | October 10, 2011

Anthony Wells didn't see too much time on the football field last season. Wells appeared in four games during NIU's 11-3 run toward the MAC West championship in 2011. This year, Wells bulked up, putting on 40 pounds during the offseason and found his...

NIU defensive tackle Nabal Jefferson returns an interception 25
yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of Saturdays 40-10 win
over Kent State.

Huskie victory over Kent State ‘bittersweet’

By Brian Belford | October 9, 2011

NIU's defense harassed Kent State's offense all game long Saturday.The Huskies penetrated into the Golden Flashes' backfield for seven sacks, forcing three turnovers and held their offense to 70 total yards on only 61 plays. It was NIU's best defensive...

Justin McCareins inducted into NIU Athletics Hall of Fame

By Brian Belford | October 9, 2011

At halftime of Saturday's game against Kent State, NIU announced the induction of four individuals, a team and a family into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame.Among those inducted was NIU's all-time leading receiver, Justin McCareins, who played for the...