Sept. 17, 2011
NORTHERN ILLINOIS FOOTBALL 2011
Wisconsin vs. Northern Illinois - September 17, 2011
Soldier Field - Chicago, Illinois
Northern Illinois Notes
***DT Zach Anderson saw his first action of the year for the Huskies.
***Kicker Mathew Sims missed his first field goal attempt of the season, a 42-yard effort at the close of the first half.
***Chandler Harnish moved past Josh Haldi on NIU's career list for pass attempts and now ranks third in that category. Haldi had 776 pass attempts from 2001-04 and Harnish finished the game with 783 to rank behind only Chris Finlen (910) and George Bork (902).
*** Huskies are now 1-12 all-time versus Wisconsin.
***The Huskies are 0-2 all-time in games played at Soldier Field. NIU returns to Soldier Field next year to take on Iowa in the 2012 season opener.
***NIU defensive lineman Zach Anderson made his first career interception in his first game of 2011. Anderson missed all of spring football with an Achilles injury that required surgery.
***NIU wide receiver Perez Ashford tied a career-high with six catches and set a new career-best with 77 receiving yards. Ashford's previous six-catch game came against North Dakota on Sept. 11, 2010, his previous career-high for yards was 67, set last week at Kansas (Sept. 10). Ashford also returned three kickoffs for 69 yards and ran twice for seven yards, giving him 153 all-purpose yards on the day. His 39-yard reception was the longest of his career.
***Freshman WR Da'Ron Brown also had a career day as he grabbed three passes for 46 yards. He came into the day with two career catches for 28 yards.
***Huskie punter Ryan Neir
punted a career high nine times with three inside the 20.
***Northern Illinois is 1-2 on the season, the identical record to through three games a year ago. NIU started the 2009 season 2-1` and went 1-2 to open the 2008 campaign.
***NIU sophomore defensive back Jimmie Ward made a career-best 11 tackles. Ward's previous high was 10, last week at Kansas (Sept. 10).
***NIU cornerback Rashaan Melvin had a career-high 10 tackles. Melvin's previous best was seven, recorded on Sept. 18, 2010 at Illinois.
***NIU linebacker Jordan Delegal made a career-high nine tackles. Delegal bettered his previous high of eight, set last week at Kansas (Sept. 10).
***The Huskies gave up 49 points Saturday. It was the most points allowed by NIU since Oct. 27, 2007 when Toledo scored 70 points in a 70-21 win.