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Mays realizes boyhood dream

By Ryan Simpson | November 9, 2014

Boomer Mays, redshirt junior middle linebacker, has become a consistent contributor to football’s defense although he came to NIU to be the Huskies’ long snapper.The 2014 season is Mays’ third with the Huskies and his second year starting at middle...

Football runs to victory against Ball State

By Ryan Simpson | November 6, 2014

Football’s combination of defensive turnovers and run game was key to its victory Wednesday night.The Huskies (7-2, 4-1 MAC) used a strong start and finish to beat the Ball State Cardinals (3-6, 2-3 MAC), 35-21, at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Ind....

Breaking Down the Cardinals

By Ryan Simpson | November 4, 2014

Football looks to keep its MAC Championship game aspirations alive when it hits the road for a mid-week affair. The Huskies (6-2, 3-1 MAC) take on the Ball State Cardinals (3-5, 2-2 MAC) 7 p.m. today at Scheumann Stadium in Muncie, Ind. Beat writer Ryan...

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Drew Hare (12) carries the ball during his 78-yard touchdown run on the Huskies’ first series of the game. The Huskies ran for 332 yards while passing for only 54 yards Saturday at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Mich., against the Eastern Michigan Eagles.

Running game carries football’s offense in win

By Ryan Simpson | October 26, 2014

Football’s ground game proved to be too much for Eastern Michigan as NIU ran to victory Saturday at “The Factory.”The Huskies (6-2, 3-1 MAC) and their ground attack went uncontested against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-6, 1-3 MAC) at Rynearson...

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Drew Hare runs the ball Saturday in the game against Miami (Ohio).

Football faces new, improved Eagles

By Ryan Simpson | October 22, 2014

Football travels to Eastern Michigan to take on an Eagles squad that is undefeated at home under first-year head coach Chris Creighton.The Huskies (5-2, 2-1 MAC) will take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-5, 1-2 MAC) noon Saturday at Rynearson Stadium...

Face Off: Football’s toughest game left

By Ryan Simpson | October 21, 2014

With the recent upset of Ball State over Central Michigan, football is in control of its destiny in the MAC. The Huskies’ fifth-straight MAC Championship game appearance is within reach, but some tough teams still pose a threat to their championship...

Football redeemed at home

By Ryan Simpson | October 19, 2014

Football’s offense emerged from its three-game hibernation, posting its second-high offensive output of the season at its weekend game.The Huskies (5-2, 2-1 MAC) defeated the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (1-7, 1-3 MAC), 51-41, Saturday at Huskie Stadium. The...

Breaking Down the RedHawks

By Ryan Simpson | October 15, 2014

Football looks to bounce back from its Homecoming loss to Central Michigan as it concludes its three-game homestand. The Huskies (4-2, 1-1 MAC) take on the Miami (Ohio) RedHawks (1-6, 1-2 MAC) 4 p.m. Saturday at Huskie Stadium. Football beat writer Ryan...

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Anthony Maddie (1) rushes for a 20-yard gain against Kent State Saturday at Huskie Stadium. Maddie led NIU’s only two touchdown drives and reopened the debate over who should be NIU’s quarterback.

Quarterback job still up in air

By Ryan Simpson | October 5, 2014

Redshirt sophomore Drew Hare started at quarterback for football Saturday, but the game eventually turned into the Anthony Maddie show.The Huskies (4-1, 1-0 MAC) beat the Kent State Golden Flashes (0-5, 0-2 MAC), 17-14, at Huskie Stadium. The win extended...

Breaking Down the Golden Flashes

By Ryan Simpson | October 1, 2014

Football returns home for the first time since it beat the Presbyterian Blue Hose, 55-3, Aug. 28. The Huskies (3-1) will take on the Kent State Golden Flashes (0-4) 4 p.m. Saturday at Huskie Stadium. Football beat writer Ryan Simpson breaks down the Golden...

Arkansas puts end to football streaks

By Ryan Simpson | September 22, 2014

Football’s 26-game regular season winning streak and 17-game road winning streak came to a halt at the hands of the Arkansas Razorbacks Saturday.The Huskies (3-0) were beaten by the Razorbacks (3-1), 52-14, at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in...

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