The Huskies had a rough go of things at the Fuddruckers Lobo Invite. On Friday, February 21, they nearly beat Missouri State after being down 8-0, but NIU came up just short and lost 9-8
. Later that day, against New Mexico, the team fell in a 12-0 defeat
. On Saturday, February 22, the Huskies lost once more to Missouri State
, 11-0 being the final this time. On Sunday, February 23, NIU and New Mexico tied 3-3
after 10 innings of play.
NIU ended the regular season on a high note at Buffalo. Against the Bulls, the Huskies were able to come back from being down 11-0 in the match to win 20-14
. The Huskies ended the regular season with a 7-11 record and a 2-6 conference record. They will next play at the MAC Championships on Saturday, March 8.
NIU golfers performed well as they took sixth in the Islander Classic
on on Tuesday, February 25. The team shot a 299 on the final day of the tournament, the third lowest team total in the history of the program.
Former Northern Illinois University football player and Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch is down in Indianapolis for the 2014 NFL Combine. He's met with several NFL teams down there, including the Chicago Bears
. Lynch and the other draft hopefuls met the media today. Lynch talked about what teams have told him about his chances at playing quarterback in the NFL
, his desire to do anything to make a team
and the talent in the MAC
The Huskies went 3-0 last weekend after defeating Detroit, UW-Whitewater
, and Southern Illinois
. They outscored opponents 20-1 on the weekend. The three wins extended the team's winning streak to five matches. NIU has a home match on Friday, February 7 against SIU-Edwardsville and a road match on Sunday, February 9 at Indiana.
NIU suffered its first defeat of the season on Sunday, February 2 in a road match at Wisconsin. The Huskies lost the match, 5-2
. NIU is 1-1 on the young season. On Friday, February 7, the Huskies play SIU-Edardsville at home. On the following Saturday, they'll remain at home to take on Cleveland State.
Northern Illinois saw its record drop to 6-9 with a 23-12 loss at Old Dominion
on Friday, January 31. The Huskies are set to take on Kent State at home on Saturday, February 8.
NIU's gymnastics team improved its record to 2-1 (2-0 MAC) with a 192.450-191.600 win against Western Michigan
on Saturday, February 1. The Huskies are on the road for a meet at Kent State on Friday, February 7 at 6:00 p.m.
To steal and paraphrase a line from Major League, "welcome, to another season of Northern Illinois baseball."
The defending Mid-American Conference West Division Champion Huskies opened practice Friday, January 24 at the brand Chessick Practice Center, adjacent to the Yordon Center. It was the team's first full practice at the facility.
Matt Gray of College Baseball Central, a former scout turned writer, came out from Woodstock, Ill. to take in the opening practice of the season, snap some photos and talk with a few players and coaches.
Gray has already written three articles on the Huskies, talking with Head Coach Ed Mathey, 2013 First Team All-MAC pitcher Eli Anderson and with various others about the first practice of the season.
All three stories are shared below:
Ed Mathey Focused on Pitching and Process for Northern Illinois (Jan. 22)
Eli Anderson: From the Shadows to the Spotlight for NIU (Jan. 23)
Northern Illinois University Opens New Facility, New Baseball Season (Jan. 24)
The Huskies took on No. 30 Drake on Friday, losing 4-3
. The Huskies started off strong in this one, claiming the doubles point for an early 1-0 edge. The rest of the match was back-and-forth battle, resulting in NIU falling just short. The Huskies will host a doubleheader on Friday against IPFW and Chicago State.
Northern Illinois has played three games over the last week, dropping them all. On Wednesday, January 15, the Huskies took on Kent State. The game went to overtime, the first of its kind of the 2013-14 season, but NIU fell 73-64
. On Saturday, January 18, NIU faced Ohio. This one ended 65-46 in favor of Ohio
. On Wednesday, January 22, The Huskies travelled to Toledo, dropping the affair 70-68
. NIU is now 7-10 on the season.
Track & Field
: NIU travelled to its first event of the new year, the Illini Classic. The Huskies finished third at the event
overall out of 10 teams. Next up for the Huskies is the Wisconsin Elite Invitational, held in Madison, Wis. on Saturday, January 25.
The Huskies traveled to San Diego, Calif. for the Poinsettia Bowl to take on Utah State on December 26. NIU took its second loss of the season in the game, falling 21-14
. Overall, the Huskies went 12-2 with a flawless 5-0 record at home.
NIU produced a 3-3 record through six games over the last couple weeks to move to 6-7 on the season. NIU traveled to the east coast to face the then No. 22 UMass. With a short roster, the Huskies fell 80-64
. On Wednesday, December 18, they won against Loyola, 55-49
. Following the win, they beat UC Riverside on the road, 71-64
on December 22. NIU went to Iowa State on New Years Eve, losing the evening game 99-63
. The Huskies proceeded to bounce back with a 65-51 victory at home against Bethune Cookman
. On Wednesday, January 8, NIU fell to Buffalo, 67-46
After a near two week break from the game, the Huskies traveled to South Dakota State, falling 67-50
in the affair on Tuesday, December 17. On Saturday, December 21, NIU lost a tough match against Northern Iowa in a 66-64 final
. On New Years Eve, the Huskies lost a third in a row, this time to Illinois-Chicago by a score of 66-54
. In the first game of the new year, on Saturday, January 4, NIU ended the short losing streak with a win at home against Ohio, 74-51
. The Huskies are now 5-6 on the season.
The Huskies took on Bowling Green in the MAC Championship game on Friday. NIU suffered its first loss of the season in the game, losing 47-27
. With that, the Huskies fell to 12-1 on the season. On the brighter side of things, the team's bowl game was announced. NIU will face Utah State in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on December 26.
NIU grabbed its third win of the season last Thursday, winning 64-57 against Dartmouth
. At one point in the game, the Huskies went on a 21-0 run, propelling the team to a first half 11-point lead. NIU stands at 3-4 on the season. The Huskies will face Massachusetts on Saturday, December 14.
Northern Illinois was at Illinois State on Thursday, taking on the Redbirds. It was a tight game, and the Huskies won 57-52
. It was the first win for the Huskies at Illinois State since 2002. With the win, the team improved to 4-3 on the season.
The Huskies battled against Cleveland State on Thursday, winning 25-6
. NIU was dominant from start to finish, losing only two matches in the entire meet. The 25 team points were built on seven wins by decision and one win by major decision. NIU is now 3-4 this season.
Track & Field:
NIU attended the Laker Early Bird on Friday
. Several Huskies finished in the top five of their events, and Rebecca Cronin ended up setting a new NIU record in the indoor 600 meter run. Her time of 1:33.35 bested former Huskie Lorene Skipper's mark of 1:35.13, set back in 2004.
The Huskies traveled to Toledo for their 11th game
of the season on Wednesday, November 20. The team had 364 rushing yards overall, getting 6.6 yards per carry. NIU scored 28 points in the second half to propel the team to a 35-17 victory, remaining undefeated on the year. On Tuesday, November 26, the Huskies played the WMU Broncos, winning 33-14
to stay unbeaten at 12-0. Jordan Lynch
ran for 321 yards, breaking his own record for rushing yards by an FBS quarterback in a single game.
NIU played its final games of the season at the MAC Championship Tournament, making it to the semi-finals before exiting. On Friday, the Huskies beat Bowling Green 3-1
to stay alive. However, on Saturday, they didn't have enough to be Ohio, losing 3-0
in the affair. The Huskies ended their season with a 17-13 record.
The Huskies hosted the Northern Duals
last weekend, but they dropped both of the matches. The first was against Northern Iowa, a 32-6 defeat for the home wrestlers. In the second match, NIU battled North Dakota State. It came down to the heavyweight match, and the Huskies were barely edged there, losing 21-16 overall.
The Huskies improved to 2-3 on the young season with a win vs. St. Joseph's (Ind.)
on Sunday. NIU eclipsed 100 points in a game for the first time this season, winning 111-61. Four Huskies recorded double digit figures in scoring. Darrell Bowie
produced the first double-double of his career with 23 points and 12 rebounds.
NIU edged out Bradley
Thursday, 63-60 to get to 2-2 on the season. The Huskies out-rebounded the Braves 45-43 in the game. NIU was able to force 12 turnovers to frustrate the opposing Brave offense. Amanda Corral
led the team in scoring with 17 points.
NIU showed a national audience on ESPN2 and a press box full of media from not only Chicago but the entire nation that the Huskies' 10-0 record and especially quarterback Jordan Lynch, is for real. The Huskies defeated a Ball State team that came in 9-1 on the year with an ACC win over Virginia under its belt, and a potent passing attack. See what the national media, as well as Tribune columnist David Haugh, had to say about NIU and Lynch in these stories: Huskies Live in the Land of Almost
FoxSports.com Northern Illinois Revels in the Right Kind of Exposure
New York Times (Nov. 15, 2013) With lights on, Lynch lights out
Chicago Tribune (Nov. 14, 2013) Can NIU's Jordan Lynch win your Heisman love
CBSSports.com (Nov. 14, 2013) Jordan Lynch leads Northern Illinois past Ball State
USA Today (Nov. 14, 2013) Lynch, NIU make case with win over Ball St.
ESPN.com (Nov. 14, 2013) Jordan Lynch shines as Northern Illinois continues BCS push
SI.com (Nov. 14, 2013)