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NIU wants to start strong in bowl game

By Matt Hopkinson | December 29, 2012

NIU football is looking to make a statement early on in its Orange Bowl tilt with Florida State. As important as a good beginning is in any game, as players admitted, a fast start in a game of this magnitude is especially important. “We have to make...

Huskies’ second practice doesn’t go as smoothly as first

By Matt Hopkinson | December 27, 2012

While the warm weather is providing a forced adaptation for NIU football, the team's second practice was not as hot performance-wise as its first. “It wasn’t as sharp; it was still good, don’t get me wrong,” said coach Rod Carey. “They know...

Wide receivers lead way with blocking

By Brian Earle | December 27, 2012

It is no secret NIU football has thrived in the running game this season. While the offensive line and tight ends receive most of the credit for blocking in the run game, the wide receivers deserve recognition as well. The wide receiving core pride themselves...

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...

NIU tramples Eagles, stays perfect in MAC, breaks school record

By Matt Hopkinson | November 25, 2012

In what turned into a wintry affair in Ypsilanti, NIU football turned in a winning effort to set a regular season record for wins. The Huskies (11-1, 8-0 MAC) produced a solid trouncing over the Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-10, 1-7 MAC), led by Heisman...

Huskies used third quarter to power past Rockets

By Brian Earle | November 19, 2012

Going into halftime against Toledo with the score 14-7, NIU football trailed at the intermission for the first time this season. This didn’t phase the Huskies. In the third quarter, they went on to give one of their best offensive performances of the...

Quarterback Jordan Lynch runs through Toledos defensive. Lynch had 162 yards rushing in the game. leading the Huskies to a 31-24 win over the Rockets.

Three-peat: Lynch works magic, leads NIU to spot in MAC Championship

By Matt Hopkinson | November 15, 2012

NIU football punched its ticket to its third straight MAC championship game appearance with a Wednesday night win over Toledo. The Huskies (10-1 7-0 MAC) defeated Toledo (9-2, 5-2 MAC) 31-24 behind a high offensive output from junior quarterback Jordan...

Key matchups: NIU vs. Toledo

By Matt Hopkinson | November 12, 2012

Martel Moore vs. Jermaine Robinson: Just one yard shy of setting a career high in reception yards, senior Moore has been the No. 1 receiver for NIU this season. With close to 750 yards on the season and eight touchdown receptions, Moore will have to come...

Face off: NIU to play Toledo Wednesday

By Matt Hopkinson and Brian Thomas | November 7, 2012

Matt Hopkinson: Well, Brian, with the judgement day of NIU football looming, what do you feel is going to be the biggest factor for a Huskie victory come Wednesday night? I personally feel that the key factor will be for NIU to maintain possession of...

Huskies use downtime to prepare for Toledo

By Matt Hopkinson | November 4, 2012

While I had opined that there was no real possible or legitimate reason for NIU football to lose to UMass, it was still huge that the Huskies won. The win served many purposes. A less important function: It keeps the Huskies’ multiple streaks (home,...

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....

Lynch leads offense without question

By Brian Thomas | September 16, 2012

After a disappointing season opener against Iowa, NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch has proven over the last two weeks that he can be an effective weapon in the passing game. In week one against Iowa, the Huskies offense seemed as if it would be one-dimensional,...