IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

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Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois dropped their season opener Friday with a 77-64 defeat at Nebraska Omaha. Aksel Bolin paced NIU with 11 points, while freshman Daveon Balls added 10 for the Huskies.

Women's Basketball: The Huskies started their year off Monday with a tight 45-42 exhibition win over Indiana Wesleyan, as  Amanda Corral led NIU with 12 points and sank to critical free throws late. The squad kicked off their regular season Friday night in Iowa City, Iowa, when they dropped a 63-40 decision to the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois' season came to a close over the weekend, but not without a run to the MAC Championship match. On Friday, the Huskies held West Virginia scoreless for the second time in 2012 en route to a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers in the semi-finals. However, No. 1 Akron ended NIU's run Sunday afternoon with a 2-0 victory in the title match to clinch the conference crown.

Volleyball: The Huskies wrapped up their regular season with a split against two of the MAC's leaders. NIU dropped a 3-1 decision at Western Michigan Thursday night, despite having two of the four sets go beyond 25 points. However, Northern rebounded on Senior Night Saturday with a 3-1 victory over Bowling Green.

Wrestling: Northern Illinois kicked off their home schedule in impressive fashion Saturday, grabbing the program's 500th win and knocking off Big Ten foe Indiana en route to a 3-0 performance at the Huskie Duals. The day began with a 36-3 win over Tiffin in which the Huskies won each of the first three matches. They followed that up with a strong 26-12 win over South Dakota State for the 500th win in program history. The day was not complete, though, until NIU got a 19-13 win over Indiana - the team's first over a Big Ten opponent since 2009.

Cross Country: The Huskies ended their 2012 season with a 27th place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Springfield, Mo. Courtney Oldenburg capped off her career by finishing with a 23:17.367 clip despite battling a stomach bug all week.

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Football: The Huskies moved to 9-1 on the year with a 63-0 shutout victory over the UMass Minutemen. QB Jordan Lynch combined for over 300 yards of total offense, while the NIU defense forced four turnovers. The shutout was the first by NIU since Sept. 27, 2008, when they blanked Eastern Michigan, 37-0.

Men's Basketball: Northern Illinois opened their season with a commanding 89-56 win against Aurora in an exhibition contest . Six Huskies scored in double figures, including 12 each from Kevin Gray and Mike Davis.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois clinched a spot in the MAC Tournament for the second consecutive season during the week, but not without some added drama. The week began with a 2-0 loss at Western Michigan, putting NIU in a "win or go home" situation Friday at Buffalo. However, Northern punched their ticket to Akron with a tight 1-0 win against the Bulls.

Volleyball: The Huskies improved their MAC Tournament hopes over the weekend with a pair of key road wins. On Friday, NIU fought off Toledo for a 3-1 win. They followed that up with a 3-0 sweep of Ball State in which they dominated most every statistical category.

Wrestling: NIU opened their season Saturday at the EMU Open by putting 13 wrestlers on the podium. Matt Mougin led the way with a third place finish at 174 pounds. Meanwhile, Jared Torrence placed fourth at heavyweight and Rob Jillard took fifth at 149, in addition to Derek Elmore (125), Ethan Davis (141), Caleb Busson (174) Shane Rosenberry (184) and Arber Bebo (197) each taking sixth in their respective brackets. On the fresh/soph side, Shawn Scott (1st - 197), Andrew Morse (3rd - 157), Gabe Morse (4th - 141), Braun Marquez (5th - 125) and Bryan Loughlin (5th - 184) all placed for Northern.

NIU Locker Room Tour

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Players and coaches enjoy the beautiful football locker room which provides the team with not only 120 lockers, but an informal gathering space and a comfortable area to relax and prepare before and after practice. After home games, the luxurious locker room is transformed into a celebration area where coaches and players gather to celebrate a victory by singing the Huskie Fight Song led by University President John Peters.

Take a tour of the Northern Illinois football locker room with Freshman Defensive Lineman, Michael Ippolito.


MONTGOMERY READY FOR YEAR TWO

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Monty.jpgWith just four days until the Huskies host Aurora University in an exhibition contest, Ross Jacobson of the Daily Chronicle writes about the increased comfort level for Mark Montgomery and the Huskies heading into the season. As Jacobson notes, expect the Huskies to play with a higher tempo and more pressure defense in year two.

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Football: The Huskies extended their winning streak to eight games Saturday with a 48-34 victory at Western Michigan. After trailing 21-17 at halftime, the NIU offense exploded for 31 points in the second half to put away the Broncos. Jordan Lynch threw for 274 yards and rushed for 136 in the win.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois notched two huge wins during the past week to improve their standing heading into the final week of the regular season. On Wednesday, the Huskies scored a 1-0 overtime win at Northwestern following Charlie Oliver's goal in the 91st minute. Their Saturday match against West Virginia followed a similar script, with Isaac Kannah scoring in the 84th minute for a 1-0 win over the Mountaineers.

Volleyball: NIU split two conference matches to close out October. On Friday, the Huskies dropped a close 3-1 decision against Eastern Michigan despite winning the first set. Northern rebounded the next night behind a commanding 3-0 sweep of Central Michigan for Ray Gooden's 200th career win.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois' season came to an end over the week after returning to the MAC Tournament. The Huskies punched their ticket to the conference tournament Thursday with a 2-1 victory at Toledo, their first against the Rockets since 2003. Yet, the Huskies' postseason run came to an end Sunday when they fell 2-0 at second-seeded Central Michigan.

Cross Country: Northern Illinois finished 11th in the MAC Championships in Grand Island, N.Y. Courtney Oldenburg led the way for NIU with a 20th place finish for the Huskies.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois capped off their fall season with a ninth place finish at the Pinetree Intercollegiate in Kennesaw, Ga. Nick Huggins paced the Huskies with a top 25 finish individually.

WRESTLE-OFF PRELIM RESULTS

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Now that the matchups are set for Friday night's Wrestle-Offs (which you can find here), check out the results from Tuesday and Wednesday's bouts in the NIU Wrestling Room, along with some intriguing exhibition matches.

125 Prelims
Braun Marquez over Nick Harrison
Nick Harrison over Derek Elmore

141 Prelims
Ethan Davis over Gabe Morse
Tyler Argue over Gabe Morse

157 Prelims
Andrew Morse over Josh Smith
Josh Smith over Matt Smith

165 Prelims
Trace Engelkes over Dan Burk
Sam Bennett over Dan Burk

184 Prelim
Bryan Loughlin over Adrian Dickinson

197 Prelims
Arber Bebo over Austin Pickering
Shawn Scott over Parker Settecase
Parker Settecase over Austin Pickering

Exhibitions
Thorian Twyner over Nick Harrison
Derek Elmore over Jason Montemayor
Shawn Fayette over Tyler Argue
Rob Jillard over Gabe Morse
Caleb Busson over Trace Engelkes
Matt Mougin over Shane Roseberry

Coach Spotlight: Coach Bob Cole

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Our coach's spotlight caught up with NIU quarterbacks coach Bob Cole.  An experienced offensive coach, Cole has served as offensive coordinator at six different universities and is currently in his second season with NIU.  After working with the wide recievers last year, Cole returns to leading the quarterbacks this season, a position he has worked at the most over the years.  Get to know coach Cole:

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Football: The Huskies won their 16th game in the last 17 and improved to 7-1 in 2012 with a convincing 37-7 victory at Akron. Along with Jordan Lynch's 131 rushing yards, the NIU defense held the Zips to 199 yards of total offense, including only 42 rushing yards on 37 carries.

Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois' offense continued to struggle this week as they completed a 0-1-1 week. On Wednesday, the Huskies could not complete the comeback on the road as they fell to Valparaiso, 2-1. Three days later, NIU and Bowling Green battled to a 0-0 tie in DeKalb.

Volleyball: The Huskies dropped two close road matches over the weekend. NIU lost to Ohio on Friday, 3-1, after taking the first set in a battle of last year's two division winners. Northern faced a similar result the next night with a 3-1 loss at Kent State.

Women's Soccer: Northern Illinois kept its MAC Tournament hopes alive over the weekend by splitting their two road matches. The Huskies grabbed a huge win Friday with a 1-0 win against Kent State when Kate Wirthlin scored in the 71st minute. Two days later, the tables were turned when NIU lost to Ohio, 1-0.

Men's Golf: Northern Illinois put two golfers in the top 10 of the Earl Yestingmeier Invitational. Nick Huggins led the team with a tie for fifth, while Matt Gorman tied for seventh.

Men's Tennis: Dor Amir led the way for the Huskies by advancing to the round of 16 at the ITA Midwest Regional in East Lansing, Mich. Maksym Bartiuk also made it to the main draw, while Max Phillips fell just short after blazing through the qualifying draw.

Women's Golf: Northern Illinois took 10th place as a team at the The Preview at Longaberger Golf Club. Allie Parthie paced the Huskies with a fifth place finish, while Connie Ellett and Taylor Ellett took second and third in the Huskie contingent.

Women's Tennis: Northern Illinois placed three in the top three of their respective brackets over the weekend at the ITA Regional in Rockford, Ill. Mary Malkin, Cristina Alvarez and Haley Dekkinga each took top three finishes in singles, while 

Newcomer Spotlights - Dustin Adams & Conner Gavin

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This weeks newcomer spotlight focuses on offensive lineman Dustin Adams, as well as safety Conner Gavin.  Both players explain why they chose to play at NIU and why they enjoy being on the football team.  Offensive line coach Rod Carey and defensive coordinator and safeties coach Jay Neimann explain what they like about Adams and Gavin and what they expect out of them for the future.

Moore Awarded MAC West Player of the Week

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One of the reasons why NIU won this years homecoming was because of Corner back Marlon Moore.

As a freshman in his first college game, Moore had eight tackles and accumulated two interceptions.

Check out what he had to say about his performance on Saturday.