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Huskies drop second home game of season, lose chance to retain MAC title

By James Krause | November 20, 2019

DeKALB — The football team saw its postseason hopes shatter Tuesday in a 45-17 blowout loss to Eastern Michigan University.With the loss, NIU is eliminated from Mid-American Conference title contention and will fall short of the 6-6 record necessary...

Huskies celebrate after a touchdown Oct. 26 during NIUs 49-0 win against the University of Akron at Huskie Stadium.

Huskies sneak away with a win after late penalty by Toledo keeps the Rockets away from scoring

By James Krause | November 14, 2019

DeKALB — The NIU football team held off a comeback Wednesday from the University of Toledo Rockets with a late field-goal by John Richardson, redshirt first-year kicker, to win 31-28.The Huskies led 28-7 after three quarters, but Toledo scored three...

Huskies hold a one-score lead heading into halftime against the Rockets

Huskies hold a one-score lead heading into halftime against the Rockets

By James Krause | November 13, 2019

DeKALB — The football team has benefited from several explosive plays, allowing it to hold a 14-7 halftime lead over the University of Toledo Rockets.The Huskies are averaging 7.6 yards per rush, with a 40-yard touchdown run making the difference.Redshirt...

Daniel Crawford, redshirt senior tight end, muscles away an opponent Aug. 31 2019 after a catch against Illinois State University during NIUs 24-10 victory at Huskie Stadium.

Crawford has emerged as a top athlete but not without trials and tribulations

By James Krause | November 1, 2019

DeKALB — Daniel Crawford’s style of playing high school basketball earned him a nickname that could just as easily apply to his style of playing football.“In basketball, they nicknamed me ‘Chevy’ because I was physical but also smooth,” Crawford,...

Marcus Jones, redshirt senior running back, returns a kick Oct. 5 against Ball State University during an eventual 27-20 loss at Huskie Stadium.

After early season plagued with injuries, penalties, Huskies look to get back on track

By James Krause | October 18, 2019

DeKALB — NIU football head coach Thomas Hammock was able to take more from his grandfather, Charles Thomas Johnson, than just his middle name.After Hammock’s mother had the future Huskie at an early age, Hammock’s grandfather took on a large role...

The Huskies gather in a huddle during the October 5th loss to Ball State, 27-20.

Winless since week one, the Huskies look to snap their longest losing streak since 2016

By Maddie Barrett | October 10, 2019

DeKALB — Head Coach Thomas Hammock and his team have had some time to reflect on Saturday's defeat. He said it’s all about taking accountability for the loss and evaluating as a team to be better in the future.“The great thing about football is...

Senior quarterback Ross Bowers communicates with coaches Saturday during a match against Ball State University in an eventual 27-20 loss at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Bronze Stalk en route to Muncie as Huskies fall to Ball State

By James Krause | October 5, 2019

DeKALB — Mistakes and heavy rainfall washed away a halftime lead for the NIU football team, surrendering the Bronze Stalk trophy to the Ball State University Cardinals in a 27-20 loss Saturday at Huskie Stadium. NIU held a 17-3 lead at halftime, but...

Huskies allow most points in a loss since 2016 in a 44-8 loss to Nebraska

By James Krause | September 15, 2019

DeKALB — The NIU football team committed a multitude of errors on its way to a blowout 44-8 loss Saturday against the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers.Head Coach Thomas Hammock took responsibility for the loss, saying his team didn’t play well enough...

The Huskies traveled to Salt Lake City to face the University of Utah in the first of three consecutive road matches.

Second half struggles plague Huskies in loss to Utah

By James Krause | September 8, 2019

DeKALB — The NIU football team challenged the Utah Utes in the first half but failed to score in the second half, falling 35-17 to the 13th ranked team in the country Saturday.The Huskies were still in the game at halftime, down 21-17. NIU’s offense...