Northern Illinois Football 2011 Postgame Notes



Oct. 8, 2011

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***Northern Illinois won its 12th straight game at Huskie Stadium dating back to Sept. 26, 2009 when the Huskies fell to Idaho, 34-31. Northern Illinois' school record for most consecutive wins at Huskie Stadium is 14, set between Nov. 5, 1988 and Sept. 14, 1991. NIU has also won nine straight MAC games in DeKalb, dating back to a 33-30 overtime loss to Central Michigan on Nov. 12, 2008.

***NIU junior Nabal Jefferson picked off his first career pass and returned it for his first career interception to record NIU's first touchdown of the game. Jefferson's INT was the first for the NIU defense since the Wisconsin game (Sept. 17). Northern Illinois' last INT return for a touchdown was a 16-yard return for a score by Tyrone Clark versus Ball State on Nov. 20, 2010.

***Ron Newcomb totaled 3.5 tackles for loss for 18 yards, surpassing his career best of 1.5 tackles for loss against Eastern Michigan Nov. 5, 2009. The total also matched Newcomb's SEASON best total of 3.5 TFLs, set in 2009.

***With a team-leading 65 rushing yards today, Harnish passed the 2,000-yard mark in career rushing to become just the second quarterback in Northern Illinois history to achieve that mark. Harnish now has 2,046 yards on 412 rushes in 41 games to rank 13th on the NIU career rushing list.

***Chandler Harnish scored his sixth rushing touchdown of the season on a 26-yard run in the second quarter. Harnish is one rushing TD away from his 2010 total of seven. With 19 career rushing touchdowns, he now ranks tied for 10th all-time at NIU in that category.

***Stephen O'Neal forced his first career fumble and Kyle Jenkins recorded his first career fumble recovery to set up NIU's second touchdown.

***Martel Moore's touchdown catch was his fourth of the season and eighth of his career. He has matched his 2010 total for touchdown catches with four. Martel Moore led Northern Illinois with four catches for 35 yards on the day. He needs just five yards to reach the 1,000-yard receiving mark for his career.



***Redshirt freshman Dechane Durante and senior Kyle Jenkins made their first career starts for Northern Illinois at safety and defensive end, respectively. Durante blocked his first career punt, and recorded the third punt block of the season for the Huskies.

***NIU held Kent State without a completion in the first half. The Flashes were 0-for-7 passing in the half and finished the game 6-for-22 to tie Cal Poly for the fewest completions by a Huskie opponent in 2011. The Mustangs were 6 of 11 passing.

***NIU kicker Mathew Sims tied his career high, set a week ago at Central Michigan, with four field goals and posted his best field goal percentage day with four field goals in four attempts. Sims has made 10-of-13 field goals on the season.

***The Northern Illinois defense recorded 14 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 78 yards, only two tackles short of the record set against Eastern Michigan (16) Nov. 16, 2002 and two yards short of the all-time mark against Wisconsin (80) Sept. 14, 2002.

***NIU's defense only allowed one conversion on third down on 15 attempts (1-for-15 on third down conversions).

***Northern Illinois recorded seven sacks for a loss of 63 yards, three shy of the record set against Wisconsin in 2002 (10-for-71) and the most since the Huskies had eight sacks versus Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 24, 2009.

***Kent State rushed the ball 37 times for seven yards, the fewest rushing yards allowed by NIU since the Huskies' school record of minus 11 yards rushing against Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 24, 2009.

***The Golden Flashes only had 70 total yards on 61 plays, the lowest mark this fall and the lowest going back to at LEAST the 2001 season. (Further research required.) NIU came into the game giving up an average of 499.8 yards per game.

***The defense forced four Kent State fumbles, the most by an opponent this season. KSU lost two of those fumbles, tied for the most by a NIU opponent this year. Both Army (Sept. 3, 2011) and Cal Poly (Sept. 24, 2011) lost two fumbles each.

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