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NIU quarterback Matt McIntosh (9) runs the ball towards the endzone during Saturdays victory over the Minutemen 63-0.

Huskies trample UMass in 63 point shutout

By Matt Hopkinson | November 4, 2012

For the first time since 2008, NIU football earned a shutout victory as it trampled UMass Saturday. The Huskies (9-1, 5-0 MAC) scored in every quarter against the Minutemen (0-9, 0-5 MAC), including posting 21 points a piece in the second and third quarter....

Huskies hope to continue home streak against Minutemen

By Matt Hopkinson | October 31, 2012

As the University of Massachusetts is dealing with a natural disaster back home, the Huskies have sympathy but will show little mercy on the field come Saturday. The Minutemen (0-8, 0-4 MAC) are brand new to the MAC and have found no luck so far this...

Huskies set to trample the Minutemen

By Matt Hopkinson | October 30, 2012

NIU football has a bye week Nov. 10, its first of the season. In effect, however, the Huskies’ upcoming game against MAC newcomers Massachusetts is an off-day. All NIU has to do is show up and it will win. I know, this has all the makings of the ultimate...

Huskies set to take on Broncos in Kalamazoo

By Matt Hopkinson | October 24, 2012

While NIU football has posted seven straight wins on the season, it will enter unfriendly territory in Kalamazoo, where it has lost 13 of 19 games. The Huskies (7-1, 4-0 MAC) will square off against the Western Michigan Broncos (3-5, 1-3 MAC) for the...

Lynch is not the only key to success for football

By Matt Hopkinson | October 24, 2012

If you listen to any opposing coaches midweek press conference before they are slated to face NIU, you will hear junior quarterback Jordan Lynch’s name. While this is not without good reason, as Lynch is putting up numbers at an astonishing pace, other...

Forced turnovers play a big role in Huskies success

By Brian Thomas | October 23, 2012

When looking at the Huskies’ statistics through their first four MAC games, one statistic stands out as a reason for their success: turnovers. Early in the season, NIU (7-1, 4-0 MAC) struggled to maintain possession of the ball, as in its four games...

Breaking down Western Michigan’s defense is key to Huskie victory

By Matt Hopkinson | October 23, 2012

Quarterback: With senior Alex Carder injuring his throwing hand against Connecticut, junior Tyler Van Tubbergen has stepped into the starting position. Tubbergen has struggled, as he has thrown more interceptions than touchdowns. He has thrown for eight...

Toledo poses biggest threat to Huskies

By Brian Thomas | October 22, 2012

Although the Huskies are still slated to play four more guaranteed games this season, I only see one game that sticks out. The game I am keying in on is the Huskies’ Nov. 14 showdown with Toledo at home, which will be shown on ESPN. Both teams are currently...

Huskies garner points in national polls after big win

By Northern Star Staff | October 22, 2012

With its seventh straight win of the season, after beating Akron Saturday 37-7, NIU football rejoined the nation’s college football polls for the first time since the preseason. The Huskies received votes in all three polls. They earned five points...

Seniors take title of most winningest in NIU history

By Matt Hopkinson | October 22, 2012

With a 37-7 win over Akron Saturday, the 2012-2013 senior class surpassed last year’s seniors as the most winningest in NIU school history. Last year’s seniors featured such standout players as MVP quarterback Chandler Harnish, second leading receiver...

Run defense a big part of Huskies victory

By Brian Thomas | October 21, 2012

While the offense gets the credit for NIU football’s success game after game, the team’s defense had just as much to do with its 37-7 victory over Akron on Saturday. One phase of the Huskies’ defense really stood out against the Zips: their run...

NIU sees Top 25 as secondary to MAC title

By Matt Hopkinson | October 17, 2012

I know that nationally-ranked football teams are usually from powerhouse colleges in far more superior conferences than the lowly MAC. Oh, wait, what? MAC East-leading Ohio is now ranked in the top 25 in the nation? Yes, you read right. The 7-0 Bobcats...