Northern Illinois Huskies

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  1. The Parrothead

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    Northern Illinois Huskies

    In a surprise coaching hire, Northern Illinois University has gone with unknown and untested Coach Parrothead as the new head of their football program. While Northern Illinois hasn't been known as a powerhouse program, the move still comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Athletic Director Jeff Compher stressed that he was looking for a candidate who had proven himself as a head coach.

    Coach Parrothead held a short press conference expressing his excitement at being selected and vowed to make NIU a contender in the MAC. "The tools are here. We just need to work on the fundamentals and learn to work as a team."

    Practices are now underway and are closed to the public. Captains will be selected and announced at this weekend's booster club banquet. Starters for week one will be "kept under wraps for week one," according to Parrothead. "We're looking forward to an exciting season of Husky football, and will be doing all we can to prepare for our game at Wisconsin."
     
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    Madison, WI--Northern Illinois came into Camp Randall Stadium hoping to pull the upset off, but were simply outmatched. Wisconsin uses a grinding running game along with some well-timed passes to down NIU 14-6 in the season opener for both teams.

    The Badgers scored first on an 8 play 57 yard drive with 29 seconds left in the half. Utilizing the no huddle and getting a couple of nice calls, the Huskies punched it in with 3 seconds left in the half. Coach Parrothead could then be heard screaming various obscenities as Mike Salerno shanked the extra point. At the half, it was 7-6 Wisconsin.

    The second half seemed to feed off the missed extra point for the Huskies, as any drive that started to go was quickly stopped by a sack, penalty, or dropped pass. Mike Salerno even got back in on the action by missing a 25 yard FG for the lead in the third quarter! The defense held their own until midway through the 4th when Wisconsin's John Clay punched it in from the 1.

    NIU followed it up on a drive of their own, then blew it with a misguided pass on 4th and goal from inside the 10. Wisconsin then proceeded to run the clock out.

    NIU did get some solid performances from WR Nathan Palmer (8 catches for 104 yards) and DE Darnell Bolding (13 tackles, including 4 sacks).

    Look for Kicker Mike Salerno to be hiding from Coach Parrothead every chance he gets! NIU plays host to Western Illinois in week 2.
     
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    Thats not funny but I had to laugh!
     
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    Not much to write about in this last game. NIU beats the FCS team, 105-7. Backups dominated the game for NIU, as the starters were pulled at 49-0. The FCS defense tackled like a pee-wee team, allowing NIU's backup RB to roll for over 300 yards.

    I'll be glad to get the FCS teams off the schedule, as running the ball up the middle with chew clock on seemed to do little to help finish the game.
     
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    West Lafayette, IN - Another Big 10 opponent, another notch in the L column for Northern Illinois. Just when it looked like they had put themselves in a position to win, the starting D thought they were playing the FCS team from last week and gave up a game winning TD with 44 seconds left. Final score, Purdue 24, Northern Illinois 20.

    Purdue looked like they were going to be unstoppable from the start, as they marched down the field on the opening kickoff. The only thing that stopped them were drops in the red zone. They went up 3-0 on a chip shot FG.

    Northern Illinois answered with a drive ending up with a 5 yard TD run by Justin Anderson. Not to be outdone, Purdue followed up with a 30 yard TD run by Jaycen Taylor against what I like to call the "Ole!" defense. (Been trying to save this highlight for about 5 minutes, but keep getting an error message. Sorry you won't be able to see the great angles and tackling on this one). Northern Illinois kicks a FG at the end of the 2nd quarter to tie it up at 10.

    The third quarter sees NIU QB DeMarcus Grady throw a pick followed up by a quick Purdue TD. The next series starts off with NIU driving, then Justin Anderson puts it on the ground and Purdue returns it for 6. Thankfully, replay has been instilled, and the crew overturns the play (weirdly enough, the TD is still listed in the scoring summary). NIU's drive continues and ends with Anderson putting it in with a 22 yard run.

    The fourth was a defensive struggle until NIU mounted a drive which should have ended with 6, but passes were dropped on consecutive plays. The Huskies instead settle for the FG, knowing their defense can hold Purdue. Problem is, they can't. Purdue brings in Drew Brees (or so it seems) and everything goes their way, finally hitting the game winner with under a minute to go. A few deep passes gets NIU to the Purdue 30, but that's where it would end.

    Star of the game for NIU: Justin Anderson--26 carries for 122 yards and 2 TD's.

    Goat of the game for NIU: The entire D on the last drive. That, and the 8 penalties for 70 yards. Sheesh.
     
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    DeKalb, IL -- Northern Illinois notches their first win against an FBS school, beating Idaho at home 59-27. Justin Anderson earned player of the game honors, rushing the ball 36 times for 259 yards and 4 TD's. Even with that performance, the D still tried to give the game away.

    Northern Illinois came out on fire, scoring on a 48 yard strike to TE Reed Cunningham. The D put up a 3 and out, to which Coach Parrothead fainted on the sideline. The second drive saw NIU march down the field and Anderson punch it in on a 4 yard dive. Coach Parrothead was feeling pretty good with the 14-0 lead, then the D played ole' again and gave up a 34 yard TD strike. NIU managed to put a couple more scores on the board to take a 24-7 halftime lead.

    The third quarter saw Idaho start playing like a BCS champion. 41 seconds in, Idaho punched it in (but shanked the extra point). On the next play from scrimmage, QB DeMarcus Grady was hit and floated a duck which OLB Andrew Blevins brought back 22 yards. All of a sudden it was 24-20. NIU answered with a TD drive, then gave up a one play, 67 yard TD to HB Deonte Jackson.

    The D finally settled down at that point, and NIU managed to grind it out, scoring a TD 20 seconds into the 4th quarter, then following it up later with a fumble return for 6 to seal the deal.

    On a side note, tryouts are being held for all defensive positions and are open to all students. Also, members of the A/V club are needed to help with game film (in other words, I still can't save a highlight. Getting an error again.).
     
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    DeKalb, IL - The name of the game today was ball control, as NIU held the ball for over 19 minutes. Justin Anderson pounded the ball out on the ground, picking up 288 yards and 3 TD's on a whopping 45 carries. Kicker Mike Salerno redeemed himself for his week 1 trash by hitting on 3 FG's, including 2 just over 40 yards out.

    The D played bend but don't break, but fans were still treated to a special ole' defensive play to mix it up a bit.

    Final score: NIU 37, Western Michigan 13

    Stars of the Game:
    Offense: Justin Anderson - 45 carries, 288 yards, 3 TDs
    Defense: DJ Pirkle - 7 tackles, 5 TFL
     
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    Toledo, OH - Once again, Northern Illinois goes ball control offense to notch their second win in the MAC, defeating Toledo 31-13 to secure the Glass Bowl. After winning the toss, NIU took the ball and marched downfield on a 1:42 drive that ended in Justin Anderson punching it in from 2 yards out.

    Sensing the rout was on against a winless Rockets team, the D came out thinking the game was in hand and gave up a 63 yard TD pass on the very first play. Coach Parrothead was livid and could be heard screaming something about toilet bowls and buckets of vomit.

    After that, NIU settled in and played their game. Toledo wouldn't score again until the defensive subs were brought in during the 4th quarter.

    Justin Anderson again receives the nod for the NIU player of the game, rushing 28 times for 195 yards and 2 scores, and also pulling in 3 passes for 30 yards.

    Next up, the Huskies will be travelling to Miami, OH to take on the Red Hawks.

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    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    NIU 14 10 7 0 - 31
    TOL 7 0 0 6 - 13



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    Team NIU TOL
    Score 31 13
    1st Downs 20 7
    Total Offense 456 232
    Rushes-Yards-TD 38-231-3 18-(-14)-0
    Comp-Att-TD 14-24-1 17-22-2
    Passing Yards 225 246
    3rd Down Conv 9-13(69%) 2-10(20%)
    4th Down Conv 0-0(0%) 0-1(0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 3-2-0(66%) 1-0-0(0%)
    Turnovers 2 0
    Fumbles Lost 0 0
    Intercepted 2 0
    PR Yards 41 12
    KR Yards 39 109
    Total Yards 536 353
    Punts-Average 3-49.3 7-41.0
    Penalties-Yards 4-35 1-10
    T.O.P. 19:27 9:58
     
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    Miami, OH - On a cold day topped off with a torrential downpour, the Northern Illinois Huskies pulled out their third conference win a row, defeating the Miami (OH) Red Hawks 42-26. RB Justin Anderson again provided the spark, rushing 36 times for 280 yards and 4 touchdowns.

    Northern Illinois won the toss and marched downfield effectively, converting on 2 third down attempts and scoring on a pitch to Anderson from 22 yards out. On the ensuing NIU possession, Anderson took one off tackle 40 yards to put NIU up 14-0. Again, the D decided to play like there were only 5 guys on the field and gave up a 59 yard TD pass to Miami's fullback (FULLBACK!).

    NIU was able to put together a scoring drive to answer that, as well as another in the 2nd quarter. Miami kicked a FG at the gun to put the halftime score 28-10.

    The second half was pretty evenly matched up, and NIU only secured it after putting together a 4 minute drive to have Anderson punch it in from 2 yards out.

    Next up for Northern Illinois is a home game against the Akron Zips.

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    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    NIU 14 14 7 7 - 42
    MIA 7 3 7 9 - 26



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    Team NIU MIA
    Score 42 26
    1st Downs 17 15
    Total Offense 435 312
    Rushes-Yards-TD 41-312-5 30-1-1
    Comp-Att-TD 7-15-1 22-34-2
    Passing Yards 123 311
    3rd Down Conv 6-8(75%) 5-14(35%)
    4th Down Conv 0-0(0%) 2-3(66%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-1(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 4-3-0(75%) 3-2-1(100%)
    Turnovers 2 2
    Fumbles Lost 1 0
    Intercepted 2 2
    PR Yards 20 5
    KR Yards 121 118
    Total Yards 576 435
    Punts-Average 2-31.5 4-35.5
    Penalties-Yards 3-30 2-20
    T.O.P. 15:56 13:00
     
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    DeKalb, IL - A moment of silence, please. RB Justin Anderson strained his back and is out 8 weeks. In other words, thanks for the memories, Justin. You're out for the year.

    Once Anderson went out, the game changed entirely. Up to that point, he had rushed 9 times for 85 yards and a TD. Backup Ricky Crider didn't provide much positive yardage, as he ran 11 times for 27 yards. 3rd string RB Chad Spann made the most of his 1 carry, going 56 yards for a TD. Look for a battle for the starting RB slot in practice this week.

    Akron put a nice passing game to use, nickel and diming the NIU defense all day. In the end, Akron proved too much for the deflated Huskies, winning 28-14.

    Player of the game for NIU: LE Darnell Bolding - 7 tackles, 3 TFL, 2 sacks.

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    AKR 0 14 14 0 - 28
    NIU 7 7 0 0 - 14



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    Team AKR NIU
    Score 28 14
    1st Downs 16 11
    Total Offense 248 293
    Rushes-Yards-TD 29-52-1 27-154-2
    Comp-Att-TD 17-24-2 8-17-0
    Passing Yards 196 139
    3rd Down Conv 7-11(63%) 2-9(22%)
    4th Down Conv 0-0(0%) 2-3(66%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 3-2-0(66%) 1-0-0(0%)
    Turnovers 1 3
    Fumbles Lost 1 0
    Intercepted 0 3
    PR Yards 25 9
    KR Yards 66 108
    Total Yards 339 410
    Punts-Average 3-44.3 4-40.8
    Penalties-Yards 3-20 6-75
    T.O.P. 14:17 13:43
     
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    Ball State at NIU

    DeKalb, IL - NIU didn't so much win this one as Ball State/the CPU gave it away. Ball State had 2 costly fumbles on the day, and also had a kickoff return brought back for 6.

    The first quarter found NIU receiving the ball first. The drive went to about midfield and stalled. 2 plays later, Ball State hits a homerun on an option (the stats say the pass was incomplete. Who knows what that is about) to go up 10-0. NIU returns the ensuing kickoff to midfield, then promptly throws a pick.

    Ball State drove down the field and kicked a 34 yard FG to go up 10-0. NIU got a great return and was stopped at the Ball State 6. Two plays later, Crider, the backup turned starter due to injury, punched it home from 5 yards out. 10-7 Ball State.

    Ball State followed up that drive up solidly, only to stall and go for a 54 yard FG. The kick looked to be close, but ended up bouncing off the crossbar.

    The second quarter had Ball State driving again, and the first costly fumble came up. Ball State fumbled the ball into the end zone and NIU scooped it up. NIU ended up punting and Ball State came back down the field and hit a 27 yard pass to go up 17-7. Ball State's scoring run would end there, though, as the rest of the game belonged to NIU. Crider brought the next kickoff back 86 yards to bring the game to 17-14 at the half.

    In the second half, NIU stepped up defensively and got some key stops. After stopping Ball State on their first drive, NIU marched down and tied the game up at 17 on a 38 yard FG.

    NIU then had a 3 and out and the offense had a 14 play drive capped by an 11 yard Crider TD. Ball State (or the CPU dictated, anyway) fumbled the return and NIU scooped it up. Chewing some clock up, NIU hit a 21 yard FG to make the score 27-17. A few deep passes worked for the Cardinals after that, but it was too little, too late. NIU beats Ball State 27-17 and can win the division by winning out against Ohio and Central Michigan, both on the road. Chances are slim, but it COULD happen!

    Player of the game for NIU: HB Ricky Crider - 28 carries for 146 yards and 2 TD, 2 kick returns for 129 yards (including an 86 yard TD)

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    Ball State 10 7 0 0 - 17
    NIU 7 7 3 10 - 27



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    Team Ball State NIU
    Score 17 27
    1st Downs 8 11
    Total Offense 194 225
    Rushes-Yards-TD 22-91-0 36-156-2
    Comp-Att-TD 6-16-1 6-13-0
    Passing Yards 103 69
    3rd Down Conv 2-7(28%) 5-11(45%)
    4th Down Conv 0-0(0%) 1-2(50%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 2-0-1(50%) 4-2-2(100%)
    Turnovers 2 1
    Fumbles Lost 2 0
    Intercepted 0 1
    PR Yards 47 28
    KR Yards 128 237
    Total Yards 369 490
    Punts-Average 3-47.0 2-46.0
    Penalties-Yards 1-3 0-0
    T.O.P. 11:34 17:03
     
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    Toronto, Canada - NIU gets schooled by the #1 team in the nation, USC. Wait, they played USF? USF sure freaking looked like the #1 team in the nation. Dominated in all aspects, the only good thing about this game was that NIU finally found a passing game, and the fact that it ended so USF couldn't score any more. Matt Grothe put on a Heisman-worthy performance, passing for 368 yards and 4 TD's, as well as running 2 more in. The NIU offense couldn't stop giving the ball away, ending the day with 5 turnovers. QB DeMarcus Grady a good day (great if you take away the picks), throwing for 548 yards and 5 TD's. 3 picks will bring the greatness of those numbers down. Hopefully some of the new recruits coming in know how to play defense, because it stunk up the joint today.

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    NIU 0 7 14 20 - 41
    USF 3 14 21 20 - 58



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    Team NIU USF
    Score 41 58
    1st Downs 22 15
    Total Offense 569 429
    Rushes-Yards-TD 25-21-1 26-61-3
    Comp-Att-TD 28-48-5 25-36-4
    Passing Yards 548 368
    3rd Down Conv 3-8(37%) 6-12(50%)
    4th Down Conv 2-5(40%) 0-0(0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-1(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 3-3-0(100%) 6-5-0(83%)
    Turnovers 5 2
    Fumbles Lost 2 1
    Intercepted 3 1
    PR Yards 15 12
    KR Yards 188 124
    Total Yards 772 565
    Punts-Average 1-49.0 2-43.0
    Penalties-Yards 3-30 4-30
    T.O.P. 14:55 13:19
     
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    Rice at Northern Illinois

    DeKalb, IL - Season 2 begins, and the Huskies come out fighting mad, putting up a 41-17 victory against the Rice Owls. The game swung on a few key turnovers, included an interception returned by Mike Sobol for 74 yards and a TD the first play after Ricky Crider put NIU up 7-3.

    Crider started off hot, but then took a vicious hit and broke his ribs.

    The first quarter had Rice drive down inside the NIU 5 yard line, only to have NIU stuff them twice inside the 1, forcing a FG attempt. NIU drove down the field on the ensuing possession and punched it in from a yard out to go up 7-3, then followed with the interception by Sobol.

    The second quarter had Rice put together a couple of long passing plays for TD's. NIU ended the half with backup HB Michael Miller pushing the pile in for 6. At the half, NIU 21 and Rice 17.

    NIU's defense pitched a shutout in the second half thanks to a couple of Rice turnovers and some good calls by Coach Parrothead. The third quarter sawa couple of solid drives put together end in TD's for NIU. At the end of 3, the lead stretched to 35-17.

    The fourth quarter found NIU chewing up clock and ending a couple of drives with FG's. After a second INT, NIU took a few knees to run out the clock.

    This game is a little different without the turnovers. That seemed to determine the game. Good game, Maxattax, and good luck the rest of the way.

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    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    Rice 3 14 0 0 - 17
    NIU 14 7 14 6 - 41



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    Team Rice NIU
    Score 17 41
    1st Downs 7 16
    Total Offense 210 346
    Rushes-Yards-TD 24-72-0 39-213-3
    Comp-Att-TD 7-15-2 12-14-1
    Passing Yards 138 133
    3rd Down Conv 3-8(37%) 6-10(60%)
    4th Down Conv 0-1(0%) 0-0(0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-1(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 1-0-1(100%) 4-3-1(100%)
    Turnovers 3 0
    Fumbles Lost 1 0
    Intercepted 2 0
    PR Yards 25 12
    KR Yards 213 83
    Total Yards 448 441
    Punts-Average 2-50.0 2-44.0
    Penalties-Yards 1-10 3-25
    T.O.P. 9:28 19:37
     
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    DeKalb, IL - Another game, another injury to a skill position player. This time to QB DeMarcus Grady. Luckily it's just a bruised knee and he'll most likely be back next week. Backup QB AJ Hill came on and did an outstanding job of leading the offense, bringing the Huskies a 30-18 victory over a heavily favored Cal squad.

    RB Ricky Crider shouldered most of the load, coming into the game as probable with an injury suffered in week 1 against Rice. Crider ended the game with 262 yards on 41 carries, along with 2 TD's. NIU mixed up the runs with some passes here and there, as well as mixing up inside and outside runs. Cal was left guessing all day.

    On the defensive side of the ball, NIU had a tough time with Cal's speed, but for some reason Cal thought they should throw the ball instead of handing it off to Best all day and night. Best had 12 carries, but NIU had stopped the passing attack of Cal just long enough and scored just enough to make Cal more one dimensional for most of the game. Best did manage to take a screen pass 63 yards for a score (second long screen pass for 6 given up by NIU in as many weeks, we'll be working on that), but was a non-factor otherwise. The D stuffed Cal plenty of times in the red zone, forcing the Bears into 4 FG's.

    NIU looks forward to a week off, then picks things up again with a conference game at home against Akron.


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    Cal 6 6 6 0 - 18
    NIU 7 10 10 3 - 30



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    Team Cal NIU
    Score 18 30
    1st Downs 11 19
    Total Offense 328 404
    Rushes-Yards-TD 19-13-0 49-276-3
    Comp-Att-TD 16-23-1 8-12-0
    Passing Yards 315 128
    3rd Down Conv 3-10(30%) 5-11(45%)
    4th Down Conv 0-1(0%) 1-1(100%)
    2-Point Conv 0-1(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 4-0-4(100%) 5-3-2(100%)
    Turnovers 1 1
    Fumbles Lost 1 0
    Intercepted 0 1
    PR Yards 0 15
    KR Yards 189 132
    Total Yards 517 551
    Punts-Average 2-41.0 1-45.0
    Penalties-Yards 2-10 3-30
    T.O.P. 9:07 20:07
     
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    DeKalb, IL - NIU's second user game of the year results in a 24-21 victory, but wasn't really that close, as Akron scored a TD with 5 seconds left against the 2nd string guys. NIU pulled off 4 interceptions and 9 sacks as the D just teed off against the pass.

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    Akron 7 7 0 7 - 21
    NIU 7 14 0 3 - 24



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    Team Akron NIU
    Score 21 24
    1st Downs 15 9
    Total Offense 282 257
    Rushes-Yards-TD 16-(-23)-0 31-113-1
    Comp-Att-TD 24-35-2 1-17-1
    Passing Yards 305 144
    3rd Down Conv 4-10(40%) 6-13(46%)
    4th Down Conv 1-2(50%) 0-1(0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 4-2-0(50%) 1-1-0(100%)
    Turnovers 4 1
    Fumbles Lost 0 0
    Intercepted 4 1
    PR Yards 26 19
    KR Yards 149 41
    Total Yards 457 317
    Punts-Average 3-46.3 5-46.2
    Penalties-Yards 1-5 2-20
    T.O.P. 12:42 15:41
     
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    Miami, OH - NIU struggles early, but comes on to run for over 200 yards and 5 touchdowns (all 5 TD's by Ricky Crider). A 28 point second quarter sealed the deal, as NIU wins, 48-26.

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    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    NIU 7 28 3 10 - 48
    MIA U 12 7 0 7 - 26



    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Team NIU MIA U
    Score 48 26
    1st Downs 24 15
    Total Offense 497 383
    Rushes-Yards-TD 45-224-5 30-150-1
    Comp-Att-TD 16-27-1 16-27-3
    Passing Yards 273 233
    3rd Down Conv 2-10(20%) 4-11(36%)
    4th Down Conv 2-3(66%) 1-2(50%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 5-5-0(100%) 3-3-0(100%)
    Turnovers 0 3
    Fumbles Lost 0 0
    Intercepted 0 3
    PR Yards 30 5
    KR Yards 74 210
    Total Yards 601 598
    Punts-Average 3-36.7 5-33.2
    Penalties-Yards 1-5 2-20
    T.O.P. 16:15 11:45
     
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    Ypsilanti, MI - NIU dominates throughout against an outmatched EMU squad. Starting HB Ricky Crider got hurt this game, but the backup HB Miller comes in and runs for 83 yards and 2 TDs.

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    NIU 14 21 3 7 - 45
    EMU 7 7 6 0 - 20



    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Team NIU EMU
    Score 45 20
    1st Downs 23 6
    Total Offense 470 149
    Rushes-Yards-TD 43-263-4 23-42-1
    Comp-Att-TD 16-20-1 11-21-1
    Passing Yards 207 107
    3rd Down Conv 6-9(66%) 4-12(33%)
    4th Down Conv 1-1(100%) 0-0(0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-1(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 6-4-0(66%) 2-1-0(50%)
    Turnovers 4 1
    Fumbles Lost 3 1
    Intercepted 1 0
    PR Yards 84 0
    KR Yards 72 204
    Total Yards 626 353
    Punts-Average 1-53.0 7-40.0
    Penalties-Yards 4-30 1-10
    T.O.P. 20:20 9:47
     
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    DeKalb, IL - NIU scores on their second play from scrimmage and adds two more 50+ yard TD runs in the first quarter to jump out to an early 21-0 lead. After that, the game turned mostly one dimensional for Kent State, as NIU won the game 45-24. Crider ends the day with 235 yards and 4 TDs.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    Kent 0 10 0 14 - 24
    NIU 21 3 7 14 - 45



    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Team Kent NIU
    Score 24 45
    1st Downs 10 15
    Total Offense 250 447
    Rushes-Yards-TD 20-75-1 39-283-4
    Comp-Att-TD 14-28-2 8-9-1
    Passing Yards 175 164
    3rd Down Conv 6-12(50%) 5-7(71%)
    4th Down Conv 1-2(50%) 0-0(0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 3-2-1(100%) 2-1-1(100%)
    Turnovers 3 2
    Fumbles Lost 0 1
    Intercepted 3 1
    PR Yards 0 8
    KR Yards 244 58
    Total Yards 494 513
    Punts-Average 3-47.7 1-41.0
    Penalties-Yards 1-15 3-20
    T.O.P. 11:42 17:10
     
  19. The Parrothead

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    Muncie, IN - Coach Riptides finds himself drunk in a bar somewhere and his team suffers for it, getting shutout by Northern Illinois 37-0. Crider runs for 134 yards and 2 TDs. Ball State never sees what hit them. Riptides is later found in an alley in Athens, GA, passed out.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    NIU 10 10 14 3 - 37
    Ball 0 0 0 0 - 0



    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Team NIU Ball
    Score 37 0
    1st Downs 16 11
    Total Offense 362 171
    Rushes-Yards-TD 42-206-3 28-21-0
    Comp-Att-TD 8-11-0 15-28-0
    Passing Yards 156 150
    3rd Down Conv 5-11(45%) 6-15(40%)
    4th Down Conv 0-0(0%) 0-3(0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 5-3-1(80%) 1-0-0(0%)
    Turnovers 0 1
    Fumbles Lost 0 1
    Intercepted 0 0
    PR Yards 26 21
    KR Yards 25 219
    Total Yards 413 411
    Punts-Average 3-45.0 5-34.8
    Penalties-Yards 3-30 1-5
    T.O.P. 16:19 12:10
     
  20. The Parrothead

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    DeKalb, IL - In what many are calling the game of the year in the MAC, Northern Illinois finds a way to pull out a double overtime victory in the snow against Coach Murkya and the Central Michigan Chippewas, 26-23. NIU seemed to come out focused, forcing CMU into a quick punt. The return was muffed, and CMU took the ball and kicked a 31 yard FG to go up 3-0. NIU answered back with a nice 3 minute drive capped by a 5 yard TD run by HB Ricky Crider to go up 7-3 going into the second.

    CMU answered back with a drive ending in a 3 yard TD run by Starkey to go up 10-7. NIU figured to have the game tied up at the half, kicking a 23 yarder with 1:12, but the ensuing kickoff came up way short, and CMU booted a 32 yarder to go up 13-10 at the break.

    The third quarter saw some quality defense being played, leaving the score at 13-10 going into the 4th. Then things got interesting. Just 24 seconds in, NIU QB DeMarcus Grady hits Nate Palmer for 14 yards and a TD to grab the lead back. Solid D is played again by both sides, and NIU punts it out of bounds at the CMU 6. Smelling the safety, NIU storms the line hard, sacking CMU and bringing them back to the 1. The magical drive for CMU then begins, with the Chippewas converting a couple of 4th downs, and ending with a 3 yard Stuckey TD run with 1:04 remaining in the game. The Huskies had some magic of their own and drove down the field with a flurry of passes all over the field. NIU looked to have scored the winning touchdown not once, but twice. Both times the Husky receivers dropped the ball after being hit. On 3rd and goal with no timeouts and 6 seconds left, Coach Parrothead tries a quick pass to the flat to see if he can sneak one in. CMU reads it well, but drops the pick, giving NIU a shot to tie. With an iced freshman kicker in the snow, NIU hits the game-tying 23 yarder.

    CMU wins the OT coin toss and elects to go offense. Coach Parrothead nearly faints hearing that he gets to go D first. Both teams play solid D in the first OT period, and each hits a 39 yard FG. In the second OT, NIU drives a bit, but ends up kicking the 25 yard FG. CMU gets stuffed on their possession and brings out their freshman kicker to tie. NIU calls their lone timeout to ice him, and it WORKS! The kick is short! NIU pulls out the win, 26-23!

    Player of the game for NIU definitely goes to the true freshman kicking phenom, Andrew Carter, who is now 17-17 on FG attempts, including 4 from 50+ yards.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7 Column 8
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT1 OT2 FINAL
    CMU 3 10 0 7 3 0 23
    NIU 7 3 0 10 3 3 26



    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Team CMU NIU
    Score 23 26
    1st Downs 14 19
    Total Offense 245 325
    Rushes-Yards-TD 32-86-2 27-29-1
    Comp-Att-TD 16-22-0 22-33-1
    Passing Yards 159 296
    3rd Down Conv 1-11(9%) 4-11(36%)
    4th Down Conv 4-4(100%) 1-1(100%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 4-2-2(100%) 5-2-3(100%)
    Turnovers 1 1
    Fumbles Lost 0 1
    Intercepted 1 0
    PR Yards 0 0
    KR Yards 89 78
    Total Yards 334 403
    Punts-Average 2-40.5 2-38.5
    Penalties-Yards 1-5 2-15
    T.O.P. 13:17 14:52
     
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    West Point, NY - Northern Illinois goes on the road for a game against Army and hoping to avoid the big game letdown. NIU kicks ff and the D is intense from there. First play is a sack, followed by a 3 yard run, and ending with a pick by freshman phenom MLB Josh Cook. A few short plays later, DeMarcus Grady runs it in on the option from 2 yards out to go up 7-0. On the ensuing Army possession, SS Kyle Givens picks off the pass on the first play. Smelling blood, Coach Parrothead goes for the end zone only to find Grady getting hit as he throws and the Army D picking it off and running it back to the NIU 21. Army punches it in shortly thereafter to tie the game up at 7. NIU gets a good drive, but stalls settling for a FG from freshman kicker Andrew Carter, who up to this point has been perfect. The first quarter ends with NIU up 10-7.

    26 seconds in to the 2nd quarter, redshirt freshman Sean Evans returns an interception 34 yards to put the Huskies up 17-7. Army follows with a decent drive (their last good drive of the day), hitting a 24 yard FG to bring the score to 17-10. NIU would follow with a quick drive for 6 on a TD pass from Grady to Nathan Palmer. A quick 3 and out and NIU drives for a 45 yard FG. Army's final possession of the half would be a fumble that NIU recovers near midfield. With 2 seconds left on the clock, Andrew Carter lines up for a 60 yard FG, and MISSES. His first miss of the season! Halftime score, NIU 27, Army 10.

    The second half was all NIU. Trying to run clock, NIU scored 3 TD's, including a second pick six by Sean Evans. NIU creates 7 turnovers (3 fumbles and 4 interceptions) while holding Army to 148 yards of total offense. Final score: NIU 48, Army 10.

    Players of the game for NIU are HB Ricky Crider (25 carries, 205 yards, 1 TD, 1 rec for 37 yards), MLB Josh Cook (7 tackles, 2 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT, 2 forced fumbles), and CB Sean Evans (3 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 interceptions for 2 TDs).

    Next up for NIU are the Toledo Rockets back home in DeKalb.

    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 Column 7
    TEAM 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT FINAL
    NIU 10 17 14 7 - 48
    Army 7 3 0 0 - 10



    Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
    Team NIU Army
    Score 48 10
    1st Downs 17 7
    Total Offense 419 148
    Rushes-Yards-TD 41-229-2 33-36-1
    Comp-Att-TD 11-22-2 8-19-0
    Passing Yards 190 112
    3rd Down Conv 5-11(45%) 4-14(28%)
    4th Down Conv 0-0(0%) 0-0(0%)
    2-Point Conv 0-0(0%) 0-0(0%)
    Red Zone-TD-FG 6-4-1(83%) 3-1-1(66%)
    Turnovers 1 7
    Fumbles Lost 0 3
    Intercepted 1 4
    PR Yards 46 65
    KR Yards 60 243
    Total Yards 525 456
    Punts-Average 4-43.3 5-38.2
    Penalties-Yards 6-60 1-5
    T.O.P. 15:44 12:16
     

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