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Family watches the MAC Championship game

Family watches the MAC Championship game

By Felix Sarver | November 30, 2012

Melanie Kozinski (second from right) sits with her children, Nathan Kozinski, math graduate student (from left); Andrew Kozinski; Allison Kozinski; and Katelyn Kozinski, violin performance graduate student, as they all watch the MAC Championship game...

NIU wins second straight MAC Championship

NIU wins second straight MAC Championship

By Matt Hopkinson | November 30, 2012

NIU football has attained the status of MAC champion for the second year in a row. The Huskies (12-1 9-0 MAC) did not have the best start of their season against Kent State (11-2, 8-1 MAC), as the Golden Flashes opened the scoring early. Kent State took...

Huskies look to keep Kent State from taking MAC title

By Matt Hopkinson | November 28, 2012

At this point in the season, the success of NIU football seems more storybook than reality. If it is indeed storybook, the next exciting chapter for the Huskies (11-1, 8-0 MAC) will come Friday with a victory over Kent State (11-1, 8-0 MAC) in the MAC...

Fan support a huge factor for Huskies

By Matt Hopkinson | November 28, 2012

Ford Field is 344 miles away from NIU. While this is over six hours worth of travel, the three hour game and the implications it bares should be enough to counter the distance and time. NIU is providing bus transportation to the game so people cannot...

Huskies to show off talent in front of national audience at MAC Championship game Friday

By Matt Hopkinson | November 27, 2012

On Friday NIU football will find itself in a situation that it knows all to well: playing the MAC Championship game at Ford Field. The Huskies (11-1) will be making this trip for the third straight year. They lost their first appearance against Miami...

Perez Ashford (7) takes a Wisconsin kickoff down the sidelines.

Ashford fought through injury to make comeback against Toledo

By Matt Hopkinson | November 19, 2012

The Northern Star recently caught up with senior wide receiver Perez Ashford, who returned to action in a big way in the Toledo game. Ashford has been battling injuries the last couple of weeks but caught five passes for 70 yards and a touchdown in the...

Huskies gear up for final regular season game against Eastern Michigan

By Brian Earle | November 19, 2012

With a spot in the MAC Championship already locked up, NIU football heads to Ypsilanti, Mich., for its final regular season game against Eastern Michigan Friday. On top of clinching a spot in the MAC Championship game, the Huskies (10-1, 7-0 MAC) have...

Huskies break into AP, USA Today top 25

By Brian Earle | November 19, 2012

With the Huskies’ 31-24 victory Wednesday night against Toledo, they have inspired the college football polls to give the team some national recognition. For the first time since being ranked in 2010, the Huskies are back in The Associated Press Top-25...

NIUs Dusty Page (19) gets the ball away from a Drake Bulldog during a game earlier this season. NIU and Drake had a draw game after double-overtime, 1-1.

Men’s soccer ends roller coaster season, looks to youth to step up

By Jacob Onak | November 12, 2012

Coming off their MAC Championship game loss against Akron Sunday, it’s tough to describe why the Huskies had such a roller coaster season. The Huskies ended their season with a (7-10-3) record going (4-2-1) in MAC regular season play, but they started...

Men’s soccer plays with heart, falls to Akron in MAC title game

By Jacob Onak | November 11, 2012

NIU men’s soccer started off the MAC Tournament coming out victorious after sophomore midfielder Jayson LeSeth’s free kick gave the Huskies a 1-0 win over West Virginia. They advanced to the championship game against the Akron Zips. The Huskies (7-10-3)...

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...

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...