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Football focuses on defense with recruiting class

By Brian Earle | February 6, 2014

In football’s recruiting class, defense was the name of the game for the Huskies and head coach Rod Carey.NIU’s defense took a big hit losing safety Jimmie Ward along with three other defensive backs. The Huskies also lost defensive tackle Ken Bishop...

Huskies end season with loss at Poinsettia Bowl

By Frank Gogola | December 27, 2013

No. 23 football (12-2, 8-1 MAC) suffered its second loss of the season – and second loss in a row – as it fell, 21-14, to the Utah State Aggies (9-5, 7-2 MW) in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Thursday at Qualcomm Stadium...

Huskies’ defense shatters in MAC Championship loss

By Brian Earle | December 7, 2013

What was supposed to be the strength of football’s defense this season turned out to be its undoing in its 47-27 defeat against Bowling Green in the MAC Championship.All season long the Huskies played a bend: Don’t break defense. In this loss the...

Junior running back Cameron Stingily (42) stiff arms the Toledo defense during Wednesday night’s game.  NIU won, 35-17, taking the MAC West title. It will head to the MAC Championship game for the fourth season in a row.

Back to Detroit: Huskies take MAC West

By Frank Gogola | November 21, 2013

No. 16 football (11-0, 7-0 MAC) is heading to the MAC Championship game for a fourth consecutive season.The Huskies captured their fourth straight MAC West title as they defeated the Toledo Rockets (7-4, 5-2 MAC) Wednesday at the Glass Bowl in Toledo,...

Quarterback Jordan Lynch scans and prepares to launch the ball downfield during Saturdays game against Central Michigan.

Huskies hope for at-home improvement

By Frank Gogola | October 24, 2013

With the Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-6, 0-3 MAC) coming into town 2:30 p.m. Saturday, football (7-0, 3-0 MAC) has a good chance to dominate at home for the first time this season.The No. 18 Huskies have not played particularly well at home this season,...

Safety duo make big plays for football

By Brian Earle | October 15, 2013

Coach Rod Carey said the secondary was going to be the strength of the Huskies’ defense at the beginning of the 2013 footballseason.The Huskies’ secondary has struggled in some areas, to say the least. They have given up an average of 305 yards per...

Huskies take down Zips in Homecoming

By Brian Earle | October 14, 2013

In front of a capacity crowd at Huskie Stadium, No. 23 NIU football came away with a 27-20 victory in its Homecoming matchup with Akron on Saturday.The victory increased the Huskies’ (6-0, 2-0 MAC) home-game winning streak to 23, which is a new MAC...

Redshirt junior running back Cameron Stingily looks to find open field against Iowa on Aug. 31. Stingily has earned himself the No. 1 running back spot this season.

Huskies look to take bite out of Akron Zips for Homecoming

By Frank Gogola | October 10, 2013

The football team (5-0, 1-0 MAC) will go for a Homecoming hat trick 4 p.m. Saturday.The Huskies have already ruined Purdue’s and Kent State’s homecomings the past two weeks. This week they will look to win their own Homecoming game when they host...

Football looks to go 4-0

By Frank Gogola | September 25, 2013

DeKalb | Football (3-0) will have an opportunity to go 4-0 when it closes out its 2013 non-conference schedule against the Purdue Boilermakers (1-3) at 11 a.m. Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind.The Huskies will look to defeat two Big Ten teams in the same...

Cast or no cast, Ward still shines

By Brian Earle | September 24, 2013

It would take more than a broken index finger to sideline senior safety Jimmie Ward for the first three football games this season.In order to play, NIU’s leading tackler from 2012 had to put his left hand in a hard cast. While the cast might have caused...

Football wants to stop slow starts

By Frank Gogola | September 22, 2013

DeKalb | Football’s motto this season has been “Finish the fight,” and they have been able to finish all three of the fights they have been in this season.After trailing the Iowa Hawkeyes by 7 in the season opener, the Idaho Vandals by 14 in the...

Time to take out the cats

By Brian Earle | September 19, 2013

Football may find itself in the midst of a trap game when Eastern Illinois comes into Huskie Stadium this Saturday.The Panthers (3-0) are out of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of the Ohio Valley Conference and are not a team to be taken lightly...