Oct. 5, 2013
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY FOOTBALL 2013
NIU at Kent State - October 5, 2013
Dix Stadium - Kent, Ohio
NIU 38, Kent State 24 - Postgame Notes
***Kent State's Dri Archer became the first opposing player to score on a kickoff return against the Huskies since Louisiana Tech's Philip Livas returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in the 2008 Independence Bowl (Dec. 28, 2008).
***Cameron Stingily recorded his second career 100-yard game as he passed the 100-yard mark in the first half of Saturday's game. Stingily finished the game with a career-high 266 yards on 37 carries and two touchdowns. Stingily's total was the most by a Huskie running back since Garrett Wolfe set the NIU school record with 353 yards at Ball State in 2006 (9-30). It was the 12th highest rushing yardage day in school history.
***Tailback James Spencer scored his first career touchdown in the third quarter on a 22-yard run that put NIU ahead to stay. He added the Huskies' last touchdown on an 11-yard screen pass from Jordan Lynch. Spencer, a walk-on from Fremont, Ohio, came on in relief of Keith Harris, Jr. as the Huskies' second tailback.
***NIU's 698 yards of total offense ranks third all-time in NIU history, behind only the school-record 806 yards vs. Fresno State (10-6-90) and the 710 yards vs. Ball State on Nov. 15, 2011. The total is the eighth-highest in MAC history.
***The Huskies' 454 rushing yards today are the eighth-most in school history and the most since Oct. 15, 2011 when NIU had 494 yards in a win over Western Michigan.
***NIU's Jimmie Ward recorded his fourth interception of the season in the first half when he picked off Kent State quarterback Collin Reardon in the end zone. Ward has four interceptions in five games this season and came into the game ranked first in the league and fifth in the country in INTs.
WITH THE WIN, NIU...
... extended its winning streak in games versus Mid-American Conference teams to 18.
...extended its winning streak in road games to 11.
... improved to 5-0 on the season, continuing its best start to a season since the 2003 Huskies went 7-0.
... improves its record versus Kent State to 18-7 all-time. The Huskies have won the last seven meetings.