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Confidence is football’s backbone

By Brian Earle | September 4, 2013

One thing football proved in its 30-27 victory over Iowa on Saturday is it is one very confident group.Facing a 10-point deficit against the Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium with five minutes remaining, “confident” is one thing a lot of teams would not...

Final drive proved football can dig deep

By Frank Gogola | September 3, 2013

With less than seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game, NIU was trailing the Iowa Hawkeyes (0-1) by seven points and it appeared all hope was lost.The Huskies refused to fold in the raucous environment of Kinnick Stadium and...

NIU and FSU players prepare to battle out another play during the 2013 Orange Bowl game. The Huskies lost, 31-10.

Football: Who to look out for

By Brian Earle | June 25, 2013

Stepping into a championship team can be intimidating, but with players moving on, football will need to look at different personnel to step up. Last season, former wide receivers Martel Moore and Perez Ashford were big parts of the Huskies’ offense...

Secondary will play large role in bowl game

By Matt Hopkinson | December 30, 2012

NIU football has not faced a ranked team this season. It has not faced a team that has the playmaking ability on either side of the ball like Florida State has. Defensively, this puts a lot of pressure on all the players, but especially the secondary....

Florida State offense vs NIU defense will be key

By Matt Hopkinson | December 28, 2012

While the Orange Bowl match-up has been billed as David versus Goliath, as well as an explosive offensive versus a suffocating defense, there is more than meets the eye. The offense of NIU is not the only aspect that has allowed it to become the first...

Florida State recognizes NIU as formidable opponent

By Brian Earle | December 28, 2012

Ever since the day NIU was selected to the Orange Bowl, it has been getting bashed by media pundits who say it doesn’t belong and has no chance in the game. With that said, the Florida State offense should pummel the NIU defense, right? But with this...

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...

Huskies defense makes a stand, shows their depth

By Matt Hopkinson | October 14, 2012

While in my opinion NIU’s offense is the main contributing factor to its success, the defense made quite the showing against Buffalo. Not only the statistics and on field play, but what really stood out in this game was the depth possessed by the defensive...

Lynch takes home third MAC Offensive Player of the Week

By Northern Star Staff | October 8, 2012

After a career performance last week against Ball State, quarterback Jordan Lynch received a number of honors, including his third MAC West Offensive Player of the Week award. An NIU player has won this award every week this season. Defensive end Sean...

Huske Briefs

By Northern Star Staff | October 1, 2012

Kicker Mathew Sims was named the MAC West Specialist of the Week for his performance against Central Michigan Saturday in the Huskies’s 55-24 victory. This is the first time Sims has been honored with the award. Sims totaled 17 of NIU’s points, which...

Jimmie Ward sets sights on becoming All-American

By Matt Hopkinson | September 17, 2012

Every player has high aspirations in any sport at any level. Junior safety Jimmie Ward has clear cut goals in mind. Ward’s goals range from the very general of getting pass break ups, getting over 100 tackles and making big plays at key times. “If...

NIU wins its first home game of the season

NIU wins its first home game of the season

By Matt Hopkinson | September 9, 2012

NIU football’s home opener was a game of many firsts. It was the first home game, the first victory of the season, and it saw a plethora of personal firsts for many Huskies. Behind junior quarterback’s Jordan Lynch’s stalwart effort, NIU (1-1) routed...