Football: Northern Illinois racked up 462 yards of total offense and 42 points on the Kansas defense, but it was not enough as the Jayhawks used a last-second touchdown pass to top the Huskies, 45-42, in Lawrence, Kan. Chandler Harnish finished the game with 315 yards on 27-of-33 passing and two touchdowns, in addition to 89 yards on 11 carries and a career-best three touchdowns on the ground.
Volleyball: The Huskie volleyball squad went 2-1 over the weekend in Texas with wins over Lamar and Stephen F. Austin. NIU extended their win streak to six on Thursday with a 3-0 sweep of the Lamar Cardinals. That streak, however, was snapped at the hands of the Texas A&M Aggies, who stayed undefeated with a 3-1 win over the Huskies in the Ladyjack Invitational opener.Northern Illinois rebounded, though, by downing Stephen F. Austin, 3-1.
Men's Soccer: Northern Illinois captured the NIU adidas Invitational title over the weekend with a pair of wins at the NIU Soccer Complex. The Huskies opened things up Friday with a tight 1-0 victory over Valparaiso in which freshman Isaac Kannah netted the game-winner in the 85th minute. Things were not so tight on Sunday, though, as NIU used a pair of goals in each half to sink the Portland Pilots, 4-0.
Women's Soccer: Northern's women's soccer team hung with national-power Wisconsin for most of the match Thursday, but it was not enough as the Huskies fell to the Badgers, 2-0. NIU was able to withstand Wisconsin's 23 shots with excellent defense, while goalie Amy Carr made six saves.
Men's Golf: The Huskie men's golf squad kicked off their fall schedule Saturday and Sunday with the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. After finishing second after the first day, NIU ultimately claimed eighth place as a team. Bryce Emory led all Huskies with a 226, +13 total to finish tied for 22nd, while Paul Hammerschmidt was one shot behind in 25th.
Women's Tennis: The Huskies opened their 2011 fall schedule Friday and Saturday, as they hosted the NIU Invitational. Haley Dekkinga starred for NIU, as she went 2-1 in the Black singles bracket, while teaming up with Nelle Youel to win the Huskie doubles bracket championship.
Cross Country: Northern Illinois returned home to the NIU North 40 Saturday morning, as they took sixth place at the NIU Open. Courtney Oldenburg led the charge for NIU, placing 11th overall with a time of 19:07.81 on the 5K course. Claire McAuley placed 39th with a clip of 20:31.81, while Alexis Capps crossed the finish line at 21:31.72 - good for 60th.
Things only get busier for the Huskies, as women's golf gets underway Monday at the Green Bay Invitational. In addition, football hosts Wisconsin in the Soldier Field Showdown II, while women's soccer and volleyball hosts matches in DeKalb.