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Junior guard Zarique Nutter goes for a layup in mens basketballs game against Illinois Tech on Nov. 13. Nutter posted 15 points in the Huskies 89-67 loss to Northwestern on Monday. (Joey Trella | Northern Star)

Men’s basketball trounced at Northwestern

By Ethan Gonzales and Zachary Bertram | November 28, 2023

EVANSTON – After leading its Big Ten opponent by 1 point to end the first half, NIU men’s basketball (5-2) fell apart Monday in the second half and was blown out by Northwestern University (5-1) 89-67. NIU led 42-41 at the half despite zero points...

NIU then-junior first baseman Colin Summerhill (8) is declared safe after sliding into second base on a double in the bottom of the first inning on April 9, 2023. Summerhill blasted two home runs in a 13-5 loss against the University of Cincinnati on Friday. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Home runs not enough, Wildcats blast Huskies

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | April 18, 2023

DeKALB – Home runs from senior outfielder Malik Peters, junior outfielder and catcher Colin Summerhill and junior infielder and outfielder Andrew Smart weren’t enough to stop the Northwestern University Wildcats from blowing out the Huskies by a final...

An NIU wrestler is taken down by a Northwestern wrestler in Fridays meet at the Convocation Center. (Mingda Wu)

Wildcats dominate Huskies on the road

By Adrien De La Peña, Sports Reporter | February 13, 2023

DeKALB – An electric home dual environment wasn’t enough to push the NIU Huskies past the No.13 Northwestern University Wildcats.  NIU redshirt freshman Blake West got fans fired up at the Convocation Center after defeating Northwestern redshirt...

Wrestling preps for Midlands Championships

By Raven Boyd | December 29, 2015

Wrestling (3-3, 0-1 MAC) will play in its first matches since Dec. 19 as it travels to Northwestern for the 53rd Ken Kraft Midlands Championships today and tomorrow.The Huskies began winter break with a dominating 29-4 victory in a non-conference matchup...



By Nick Smith | November 4, 2014

After missing a bowl game invitation by less than a minute last season, the NIU football team has been busy in the offseason and has 15 verbal commitments. Of the recruits, 12 are from Illinois, two are from Indiana and one is from Missouri. In a Jan. 13 article, Taylor Bell of the Chicago Sun-Times called the Huskies’ recruiting class No. 1 in the MAC. Potential break-out performers include wide receiver Marcus Lewis of Warren Township High School, offensive lineman Panan Tense of Fenwick High School and defensive back John Tranchitella of Driscoll Catholic High School.

Former NIU cornerback to make AFL debut

After spending the last two years with the San Francisco 49ers, former NIU defensive back Randee Drew will play for the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League this season. The two-time All-MAC selection played cornerback for the Huskies from 2000 to 2003 and tallied 14 interceptions in 44 games. Upon graduation, Drew was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the 49ers and spent last season in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals and Cologne Centurions.

Jacobs leaving early

The NIU defense has one less quarterback to worry about next year. Bowling Green’s junior signal caller Omar Jacobs announced on Jan. 6 that he will forego his senior season and will declare for the NFL draft. In 2004, Jacobs set an NCAA record for touchdown to interception ratio with 41 scores to only 4 picks. Despite sitting out two games due to injury in 2005, Jacobs still set the Bowling Green career touchdown passes mark with 71.

NIU players Boomer Mays (45) and Corey Thomas (69) are congratulated after NIUs victory over Northwestern University on Saturday.

Taking Down the Big Ten: NIU knocks out Northwestern, 23-14

By Ryan Barnard | September 7, 2014

Football (2-0) discovered its offense in the second half against the Northwestern Wildcats (0-2) during Saturday’s 23-15 win at Ryan Field in Evanston; however, questions remain about who will be NIU’s leader under center for the remainder of the...

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Maddie rushes the ball against Presbyterian Thursday at Huskie Stadium. Maddie, redshirt junior Matt McIntosh and redshirt sophomore Drew Hare all took snaps in the 55-3 victory.

Rapid Reaction: NIU 23, Northwestern 15

By Frank Gogola | September 6, 2014

What happened: The Huskies (2-0) defeated the Northwestern Wildcats (0-2), 23-15, Saturday at Ryan Field in Evanston.How it happened: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Drew Hare led four second-half scoring drives, propelling the NIU offense, which was held...

Sophomore tailback Joel Bouagnon (28) blocks a Presbyterian defender Thursday at Huskie Stadium. Bouagnon made his first career start at running back in the Huskies’ 55-3 victory over the Blue Hose, taking 16 handoffs for 97 yards and four touchdowns, including his first career rushing touchdown.

Football wary of Wildcats ahead of matchup

By Ryan Barnard | September 4, 2014

Football will meet the Northwestern Wildcats on the field for the first time since 2005 when the teams play Saturday in Evanston.The 2:30 p.m. match at Ryan Field will mark the eighth meeting between the teams, with all the games taking place in Evanston...

Quarterback Matt McIntosh (9) plays during Thursday’s game against Presbyterian, which NIU won 55-3. Head coach Rod Carey named McIntosh the Huskies’ starting quarterback Tuesday after months of McIntosh vying for the spot with Drew Hare and Anthony Maddie.

McIntosh named starting quarterback after months of wait

By Frank Gogola | September 3, 2014

Redshirt junior quarterback Matt McIntosh was less concerned with calling people to share the news of him being named NIU’s starting quarterback Tuesday and more concerned with perfecting his play calling on the field.McIntosh learned from head coach...

Football schedule sends Huskie on the road 7 times

By Frank Gogola | March 2, 2014

Football’s 2014 season schedule presents some challenges, but it’s very favorable in terms of making a return trip to Detroit for the MAC Championship game.For the second year in a row, Huskie Stadium will play host to only five teams, while the Huskies...

Northwestern another solid pick for NIU schedule

By Frank Gogola | September 25, 2013

The football program took another step in the right direction with the scheduling of the Northwestern Wildcats next season.The addition of Northwestern to the Huskies’ non-conference schedule for the 2014 season, along with the previously scheduled...

Baseball set for Northwesern matchup

By Brian Earle | April 22, 2013

While baseball has not played especially strong in its midweek games this season, it will look to turn the tides in a matchup against Northwestern today in Evanston. The Huskies (16-21) have won their last four MAC series and have lost just two games...