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Lewis named MAC West Specialist of the Week

By Northern Star Staff | November 27, 2012

For his performance in the Huskies 49-7 crushing defeat over the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Friday, sophomore wide receiver/kick returner TommyLee Lewis was named the MAC West Specialist of the Week. After the Eagles tied the game at 7-7 in the first...

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...

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...

Lynch leads Huskies to win over Western Michigan

By Matt Hopkinson | October 28, 2012

Despite giving up more points than in its last three games combined, NIU came from behind to defeat Western Michigan on the road Saturday. NIU (8-1, 5-0 MAC) has now won eight straight games this season, and with its 48-34 victory over the Broncos (3-6,...

Huskies ability to adjust leads them to victory over Western Michigan

By Matt Hopkinson | October 28, 2012

There are a plethora of reasons that NIU football was able to win its eighth straight game of the season with its victory over Western Michigan Saturday. One reason that could be cited is the play from junior quarterback Jordan Lynch. Another reason could...

Forced turnovers play a big role in Huskies success

By Brian Thomas | October 23, 2012

When looking at the Huskies’ statistics through their first four MAC games, one statistic stands out as a reason for their success: turnovers. Early in the season, NIU (7-1, 4-0 MAC) struggled to maintain possession of the ball, as in its four games...

TommyLee Lewis a ‘receiving threat’ on the football field

By Matt Hopkinson | September 25, 2012

Sophomore wide receiver TommyLee Lewis has officially bridged the gap from a predominant special teams player to a legitimate receiving threat. “He’s really reliable,” said junior quarterback Jordan Lynch. “I think the biggest thing is we’re...

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,...

Huskie football key positions

By Matt Hopkinson | September 12, 2012

Quarterback: At quarterback the focal point will be Jordan Lynch once again. What will be interesting to watch for is the situation Lynch will be placed in. In the last game against Tennessee-Martin, Lynch rushed far fewer times than against Iowa, and...

Football shows balanced attack

Football shows balanced attack

By Matt Hopkinson | September 11, 2012

Last week, I opined that NIU’s offensive playcalling and playmaking abilities were one-dimensional. This week, it seemed anything but. In the match-up with Iowa, NIU did all they could to nearly pull off a victory, despite only having 55 yards passing....