Joe Summins: November 2011 Archives

PREVIEWING THE MAC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

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Football team taking the field.jpgWith the 2011 MAC Championship game just two days and eight hours away, here are a pair of preview stories to take in to get you set for the game.

Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune talks about the disappointing end for the Huskies' in the 2010 game and how NIU is looking to avenge last year's loss in this story. Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register Star Ohio in this story found in today's paper.

IT STARTS UP FRONT

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KU-Line of Scrimmage.jpgNIU's offensive line has helped the Huskies put up some incredible numbers this season. Northern Illinois is averaging over 40 points and 500 yards of total offense a game. A number that's even more impressive than those figures are the number of sacks the NIU offensive line has given up this season. As Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle writes, the Huskies are on pace to surrender less than 10 sacks this season.

HARNSIH EARNS HELMET STICKER

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Chandler Harnish passing.jpgNIU quarterback Chandler Harnish was recognized by Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com in her Non-AQ Weekend Rewind column. The senior signal caller earned a helmet sticker for his record-setting performance against Ball State Tuesday night.

Chandler Harnish, QB, Northern Illinois. Harnish broke the school record for total offense with 519 total yards in a 31-28 win over Ball State on Tuesday night. His 519 total yards is tied for third most by any player in FBS this season. Harnish passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 181 yards and a touchdown.

Harnish and the Huskies play host to Eastern Michigan Friday at 10 a.m. in search of a MAC West title and a return trip to Detroit. Friday is also Senior Day for Harnish and 18 other Huskie seniors.

BACK IN THE POLLS

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NIU Football Team Running Out.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team received 10 points in the USA Today Coaches Poll released yesterday. It's the most points in the poll for NIU since Week 2 when the Huskies had 13 points in the poll. NIU is in the midst of a six-game winning streak and plays host to Eastern Michigan Friday at 10 a.m. at Huskie Stadium.

HUSKIE GAMEDAY

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Bronze-Stalk.jpgIt's gameday here at Northern Illinois University as the Huskies face off against Ball State in a battle for the "Bronze Stalk." Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. tonight on ESPNU. Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune breaks down the match up in his preview story in today's paper, while Lacy Banks of the Sun-Times talks about the incredible season Chandler Harnish is having in his piece. Ryan Wood of the Daily Chronicle profiles former Ball State assistant coach and Muncie native Eddie Faulkner on facing his old school in this story.

RECAPPING THE BOWLING GREEN GAME

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Bowling Green TD Celebration.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team won its fifth-straight and third straight road game as the Huskies posted a 45-14 victory over Bowling Green Tuesday night. Lacy Banks of the Chicago Sun-Times was at the game and filed this report. The Daily Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune also had recaps of the game as well. Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com posted this story right after the game, complete with highlights from the Worldwide Leader in sports. ESPN's coverage continued with its analysis posting this video from commentators Ray Bentley and Mark Neely after the game.
 


PREVIEWING TONIGHT'S GAME WITH FALCONS

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Football Team.jpgThe Northern Illinois University football team is back in northeast Ohio this week. This time, the Huskies face Mid-American Conference East foe Bowling Green tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. NIU edged out the Falcons, 16-13, when the two met at Huskie Stadium in 2008. Below are a few preview stories to get you prepped for tonight's game.

Chicago Tribune: Team controls its own destiny

Daily Chronicle: Huskies say they're not looking past Falcons

Sun-Times: Northern Illinois defense needs to give offense a break

Rockford Register Star: NIU faces final road test tonight at Bowling Green