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Dave Doeren, former NIU football head coach, poses with the MAC Championship trophy and members of his team at the MAC Championship in Detroit in 2012. After securing the trophy for the second year in a row, NIU was chosen to play in the BCS’s Orange Bowl.

NIU will play in Discover Orange Bowl

By Brian Earle | December 2, 2012

There had been speculation in recent weeks that NIU football may venture to where no other team in NIU or MAC history had ever been before: a BCS Bowl game. Senior defensive end Sean Progar and other players heard the rumors but never dreamed of having...

Key Matchups: MAC Championship

By Matt Hopkinson | November 27, 2012

Dri Archer versus Sean Progar: Obviously the biggest and most important player for Kent State is Dri Archer, who has scored 21 total touchdowns on the season. Senior defensive end Sean Progar will need to be at his best by disrupting not only the quarterback...

Huskies hope to continue home streak against Minutemen

By Matt Hopkinson | October 31, 2012

As the University of Massachusetts is dealing with a natural disaster back home, the Huskies have sympathy but will show little mercy on the field come Saturday. The Minutemen (0-8, 0-4 MAC) are brand new to the MAC and have found no luck so far this...

Progar, Sims take home MAC West awards

By Northern Star Staff | October 29, 2012

This week, a pair of Huskies took home the MAC West Player of the Week honors. Senior defensive end Sean Progar was named the MAC West Defensive Player of the Week and junior kicker Mathew Sims was named the MAC West Specialist of the Week. In the Huskies’...

Seniors take title of most winningest in NIU history

By Matt Hopkinson | October 22, 2012

With a 37-7 win over Akron Saturday, the 2012-2013 senior class surpassed last year’s seniors as the most winningest in NIU school history. Last year’s seniors featured such standout players as MVP quarterback Chandler Harnish, second leading receiver...

Huskies continue their winning ways, zip right past Akron

By Matt Hopkinson | October 21, 2012

NIU rolled Akron Saturday for its seventh straight win, with strong, dominating play on both sides of the ball. Akron (1-7, 0-4 MAC) had its offense kept in check all game long with the play of the Huskies (7-1, 4-0 MAC), as they held the running game...

Run defense a big part of Huskies victory

By Brian Thomas | October 21, 2012

While the offense gets the credit for NIU football’s success game after game, the team’s defense had just as much to do with its 37-7 victory over Akron on Saturday. One phase of the Huskies’ defense really stood out against the Zips: their run...

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...

Biggest key for Huskie football

By Brian Thomas & Matt Hopkinson | October 8, 2012

Brian Thomas: The first half of NIU football’s season is officially in the books and the team sits at 5-1. Going into the season, people didn’t know what to expect from the Huskies, as there were a lot of questions surrounding them. Those questions...

Huskies prove themselves time and again

By Matt Hopkinson | October 7, 2012

There are a lot cliche lines from athletes: “It was a team effort,” “I need to watch the tape,” and my favorite, “One game at a time.” After the loss against Iowa in the opening game of the season, senior defensive end Sean Progar provided...

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...

Defense comes up big

By Matt Hopkinson | October 1, 2012

While the offensive statistics and display put forth by NIU against Central Michigan may seem more appealing, what the defense was able to do trumps that. It was able to do something twice in this game that it only managed to do once in the other four...