NORTHERN ILLINOIS HUSKIES NEWS

N. Illinois looks to clinch spot in MAC title game

A trip to a fourth consecutive Mid-American Conference title game is on the line for No. 20 Northern Illinois at Toledo on Wednesday night. The Huskies also look to improve upon a 23-game conference winning streak and return to the Bowl Championship Series. Northern Illinois (10-0, 6-0 MAC) coach Rod Carey says his team needs to stay focused against a Toledo team that has won five...
Via AP on Fox
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

N. Illinois routs D-II St. Joseph's (Ind.) 111-61

Darrell Bowie scored 23 points and J.J. Cravatta had 20 as Northern Illinois routed Division II St. Joseph's (Ind.) 111-61 on Sunday. Leading 36-30 in the first half, Northern Illinois (2-3) went on a 17-2 run to extend its lead to 21 points. The Huskies led 59-37 at halftime and outscored St. Joseph's 52-24 in the second half. It was the first time the Huskies had broken the 100...
Via AP on Fox
November 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Northern Illinois high-fiving husky mascot is retiring after nine seasons

“Diesel,” the Northern Illinois mascot famous for handing out high-fives on the sidelines, is hanging up the collar. The MAC powerhouse announced Tuesday that the husky dog, who has been with the football team for the last nine years, is retiring at the end of the season. Diesel will be honored during Senior Day festivities prior to the team’s home finale against Western Michigan...
Via NESN.com
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Northern Illinois unveils “Dark Dog” uniforms for Senior Day

The Northern Illinois Huskies were given a special uniform for their Senior Day against the Western Michigan Broncos on Tuesday.  The jerseys look great, but the best part is clearly the helmet.  The enlarged logo and chrome facemask look fantastic. [@PhilHecken]
Via Diehardsport
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Western Michigan unveils special uniforms for Northern Illinois game

Shortly after the Northern Illinois Huskies unveiled their special uniforms for their Senior Day, Western Michigan unveiled a special set of uniforms.  The helmet and the jersey look great, the logo looks fantastic on the white helmet and the font for the numbers is great.  The pants on the other hand are a totally different story.  They are absolutely brutal and look too much...
Via Diehardsport
November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Jordan Lynch breaks NCAA record, No. 14 N. Illinois routs W. Michigan

Jordan Lynch broke his single-game rushing record for quarterbacks with 321 yards and No. 14 Northern Illinois completed its first unbeaten regular season in 50 years with a 33-14 victory over Western Michigan on Tuesday night. Lynch carried the ball 27 times in topping his previous record of 316 yards, set on Oct. 19 against Central Michigan. He established the mark with a 6-yard...
Via AP on Fox
November 27, 2013  |  Discuss

MAC Championship Game: Staff predictions

Can Bowling Green stand in the way of Jordan Lynch and Northern Illinois to the BCS? Photo: USA Today Sports The Northern Illinois Huskies are looking to make a second straight trip to the BCS. Busting the BCS in back-to-back seasons has been done once before, by TCU in the 2009 and 2010 seasons, but nobody seems to consider this Northern Illinois team in the same regard as those...
Via Crystal Ball Run
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Jordan Lynch is really good, but he’s not Heisman deserving

In the argument for Jordan Lynch winning the Heisman, I often here people say, “well maybe he shouldn’t win the Heisman, but he deserves to be invited.” Well, it’s the exact same argument as saying “MLB player X is a Hall of Famer, but not a first ballot Hall of famer.” In other words, it’s a dumb argument. A really dumb argument. If you think Frank Thomas is a Hall...
Via The Sports Bank
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Northern Illinois tries to focus on only MAC title

No. 16 Northern Illinois is trying to focus only on the Mid-American Conference championship game. That might not be easy. If the Huskies beat Bowling Green on Friday night in Detroit, they will likely earn a second straight BCS bowl bid. Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey said the Falcons are probably better in all three phases of the game than any opponent his team has faced...
Via AP on Fox
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Northern Illinois defeats Dartmouth 64-57

Darrell Bowie scored six of his 12 points in the final four minutes and Northern Illinois held on to defeat Dartmouth 64-57 Thursday night. Bowie hit a layup to tie the game at 54, then made a layup to stretch the lead to three, 58-55 with 1:28 remaining. Bowie capped his scoring with a layup, giving NIU (3-4) a 62-57 lead with eight second to play. Jordan Threloff, coming off...
Via AP on Fox
December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 MAC Championship Preview and Prediction: Northern Illinois vs. Bowling Green

Heisman contender Jordan Lynch and the No. 16 Northern Illinois Huskies face off against Travis Greene and the Bowling Green Falcons in the MAC...
Via Athlon Sports
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Falcons bust Northern Illinois BCS dream

DETROIT -- Northern Illinois and Jordan Lynch were ready for their coronation ceremony Friday night. No one told Matt Johnson and Bowling Green. Johnson threw for 393 yards and a title game-record five touchdowns as the Falcons won the Mid-American Conference championship game 47-27, ruining Northern Illinois' bid for a second straight BCS berth. "We got a lot of motivation from...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Northern Illinois loses 47-27 to Bowling Green

Jordan Lynch and No. 16 Northern Illinois failed to take advantage of opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters and earn a BCS bowl game bid. Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed the Huskies 47-27 on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending their shot at playing in a marquee bowl game. ...
Via AP on Fox
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

NIU loses MAC title, BCS shot

Jordan Lynch and No. 16 Northern Illinois failed to take advantage of opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters and earn a BCS bowl game bid. Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed the Huskies 47-27 on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending their shot at playing in a marquee bowl game. ...
Via AP on Fox
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Cade Foster, AJ McCarron respond to David Pollack tweet

Northern Illinois was shockingly blown out by Bowling Green on Friday night. There were very few highlights for the Huskies, as Heisman hopeful Jordan Lynch had a terrible night passing the ball and threw two interceptions. However, Northern Illinois kicker Mathew Sims did showcase his powerful leg. Before the game got away from the Huskies, […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

BCS buster busted: NIU loss key domino in Ducks backing into a big boy bowl

Jordan Lynch and Northern Illinois fell hard in the MAC Championship game to Bowling Green, 47-27, with Lynch held to 21-40 passing with two interceptions. The loss by the #14 Huskies, who'd threatened to be a BCS buster and automatic qualifier after a 12-0 start against mid-major competition, is a pivotal hurdle in Oregon's come-from-behind chase for an at-large BCS bid, possibly...
Via The Duck Stops Here
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Northern Illinois WR Juwan Brescacin Makes One-Handed TD Grab Against BGSU

Northern Illinois’ BCS bowl hopes ended with a loss to Bowling Green on Friday night, but the Huskies’ offense provided one of the...
Via Athlon Sports
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Northern Illinois, Utah State in Poinsettia Bowl

Star dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch and the No. 24. Northern Illinois Huskies will face Mountain West Conference Mountain Division champion Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium. Northern Illinois (12-1) saw its hopes of playing in a BCS game dashed by a 47-27 loss to Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference title game. Lynch ran for 1,881 yards...
Via AP on Fox
December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

For Lynch, big prize still out there in Heisman

For Jordan Lynch, one big prize is still out there. Northern Illinois' star quarterback will find out Saturday in New York if he's the Heisman Trophy winner. Lynch was one of six finalists invited Monday to the ceremony along with overwhelming favorite Jameis Winston of Florida State and last year's winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. ''I don't think it will all sink in until...
Via AP on Fox
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

The Heisman Finalists: Jordan Lynch looks to upset the big boys

Lynch was the best running back you've never heard of & he plays quarterback. Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports Six Finalists for the 2013 Heisman Trophy were announced on Monday evening. Crystal Ball Run will be taking a look at each finalist.  Jordan Lynch, Quarterback Northern Illinois  2,676 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 140.8 passer...
Via Crystal Ball Run
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

The Heisman Finalists: Jordan Lynch looks to upset the big boys

Lynch was the best running back you've never heard of & he plays quarterback. Photo Courtesy: USA Today Sports Six Finalists for the 2013 Heisman Trophy were announced on Monday evening. Crystal Ball Run will be taking a look at each finalist.  Jordan Lynch, Quarterback Northern Illinois  2,676 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 7 interceptions, 140.8 passer rating...
Via Bloguin Best
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

No. 22 UMass beats Northern Illinois 80-54

Northern Illinois coach Mark Montgomery liked the way his team hung in there against No. 22 Massachusetts on Saturday. The Huskies battled, but never really threatened in losing 80-54. ''We just couldn't get over the hump,'' Montgomery said. ''They sped us up. ''With them getting off to a good start, I'm glad my team weathered the storm early because UMass can run you out of the...
Via AP on Fox
December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

N. Illinois rallies; beats Loyola of Chicago 55-49

Travon Baker scored 14 points as Northern Illinois overcame a 28-14 halftime deficit to beat Loyola of Chicago 55-49 Wednesday night. Darrell Bowie added 13 points and nine rebounds while Dontel Highsmith scored 10. Aaron Armstead chipped in 12 points off the bench. Northern Illinois (4-5) shot a frigid 23 percent in the first half and dug themselves a 14-point deficit. Loyola...
Via AP on Fox
December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Loyola Chicago Blows 15-Point Lead, Loses To Northern Illinois

Photo: Loyola Athletics Loyola Chicago (5-6) looked on track to extend its winning streak to three games, leading Northern Illinois (4-5) 29-14 early in the second half. But from that point, things quickly unraveled for the Ramblers. Jordan Threloff converted a layup and Travon Baker drilled a three-pointer a couple of minutes later to cut the lead to nine points. Aaron Armstead...
Via The Catch and Shoot
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Utah State Too Much For Jordan Lynch and the NIU Huskies in the Poinsettia Bowl

Thursday night's Poinsettia Bowl pitted one of the top defenses in the nation--Utah State--against one of the best offenses--Northern Illinois--leaving fans with one question to be answered before the night was over: which is worth more?@visitsandiego/TwitterWith Heisman trophy finalist Jordan Lynch on the side of the Huskies the popular choice would have been offense, but Utah State...
Via FatManWriting
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss
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