NIU Takes on Army in West Point

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Sept. 11, 2012

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Northern Illinois Football 2012
Game 3 - Northern Illinois (1-1) at Army (0-1)
Sept. 15, 2012 | 11 a.m. | CBS Sports Network
West Point, N.Y. | Michie Stadium | 38,000

The Top Ten 1. Northern Illinois plays its first road game of 2012 as the Huskies travel to West Point, N.Y. to face the Army Black Knights.
2. The Huskies are 1-1 after earning their first win of the season last Saturday with a 35-7 victory over UT Martin at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.
3. In his first career start at tailback, junior Leighton Settle ran for 106 yards on 21 carries to record the second 100-yard day of the season for NIU.
4. Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch ran for 60 yards and three touchdowns and completed 19-of-25 passes for 214 yards and a score versus UT Martin.
5. NIU safety Jimmie Ward was named the MAC West Defensive Player of the Week after making 10 tackles, breaking up two passes and intercepting one versus UT Martin.
6. NIU claimed a 49-26 win over Army in the 2011 season opener at Huskie Stadium to tie the all-time series at 1-all.
7. The Huskies are one of 10 FBS programs to win at least 11 games in each of the last two years.
8. Over the last 10 years, Northern Illinois is the winningest program in the Mid-American Conference (79-50, a 61.2 winning percentage) and leads all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the state of Illinois since 2002.
9. Head coach Dave Doeren enters his second season at the helm of the NIU program after posting the best record by a first-year coach in school history.
10. Northern Illinois' 2011 Mid-American Conference Championship was the school's first MAC football title in 28 years (since 1983).

The Last Meeting
Northern Illinois49
September 3, 2011
DeKalb, Ill.
Northern Illinois Defeats Army in Season Opener 49-26
Behind the offenses 509 yards and Chandler Harnish's five touchdowns through the air, the Northern Illinois Huskies defeated the Army Black Knights, 49-26. Head Coach Dave Doeren also collected his first career victory at Northern Illinois against Army. Complete recap to follow later...

2012 Record: 1-1
2011 Record: 11-3
2011 MAC (Regular Season) Record/Finish: 7-1/1st West
Head Coach: Dave Doeren
Record at NIU/Years: 12-4/2nd
Career Record/Years: 12-4/2nd
Alma Mater/Year: Drake/1994
Basic Offense/Defense: Multiple/4-3
First Year of Football: 1899
All-Time Record: 524-464-51
Last Bowl Game: 2012; NIU 38, Arkansas State 20
MAC Championship Game Appearances: 3 (last, 2011, 23-20 W)
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 49/24
Starters Returning: 18 (4 offense, 10 defense, 4 specialists)
Starters Lost: 11 (7 offense, 4 defense, 0 specialists)


Location: DeKalb, Illinois
Founded: 1895
Enrollment: 23,850
Affiliation: NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision
Conference: Mid-American (West Division)
Colors: Cardinal and Black
Nickname: Huskies
Stadium: Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium
Surface/Capacity: FieldTurf /24,000
President (Alma Mater, Year): Dr. John Peters (John Carroll `67)
Assoc. VP/Athletic Director: Jeff Compher
Alma Mater, Year: James Madison `80
Ticket Information: 815-752-6800

2012 Record: 0-1
2011 Record: 3-9
Head Coach: Rich Ellerson (Hawai'i/1977)
Record at Army/Years: 15-23/4th
Career Record/Years: 75-64/13th
Location: West Point, N.Y.
Enrollment: 4,400
Conference: Independent
Colors: Black, Gold, Gray
Stadium: Michie Stadium
Surface/Capacity: AstroPlay/40,000
Superintendent: Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon, Jr.
Athletic Director: Boo Corrigan
Athletics Website:
Twitter/Facebook: @ArmyAthletics/Army Black Knights
Ticket Information: 1-877-849-2769 or 845-938-2526
Football Contact: Brian Gunning (Assoc. AD); 845-938-6871 (office)


Overall Series: tied 1-1
At West Point: Army leads 1-0
In DeKalb: NIU leads 1-0
Streak: NIU, 1
Nov. 14, 1992; at Army 21, NIU 14
Sept. 3, 2011; at NIU 49, Army 26

THE LAST TIME (Sept. 3, 2011)
Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish threw five touchdown passes and Jasmin Hopkins ran for 138 yards to lead NIU to a 49-26 victory over Army in the 2011 season opener at Huskie Stadium. The Huskie offense totaled 509 yards and took advantage of three Army turnovers while building a 49-6 lead over the Black Knights in three quarters. NIU special teams opened the scoring as Jimmie Ward blocked an Army punt on the first possession and the Huskies' Courtney Stephen returned the block for the touchdown. After Army answered with a 14-yard touchdown run by Trenton Turrentine to pull the Black Knights within one at 7-6, Northern Illinois scored touchdowns on its next four possessions and led 35-6 at halftime. NIU extended the lead to 49-6 at the end of the third quarter as Harnish finished the game 12-of-19 passing for 195 yards. Northern Illinois converted 11-of-13 third downs in the game. Army scored three TDs in the final stanza to provide the final margin.

In his first season as head coach of the Northern Illinois University football program, Dave Doeren and his Huskies achieved milestones rarely reached over the course of a career, let alone a single season. Doeren's first year at the helm of a program saw NIU win the school's first Mid-American Conference Championship since 1983, triumph in the Bowl and close out the year with nine straight victories en route to tying the school record with 11 wins. Doeren became the winningest first-year head coach in school history.

A 17-year collegiate coaching veteran who helped take teams to eight bowl games and two national championship contests as an assistant coach at Wisconsin (2006-10), Kansas (2002-05), Montana (2000-01), USC (1998-99) and Drake (1995-97), Doeren was named the 21st head football coach in NIU history on Dec. 13, 2010.

Doeren came to NIU after completing his fifth season at Wisconsin in 2010 at the Rose Bowl where the Big Ten champion and 11-2 Badgers met TCU. After spending his first two seasons in Madison as the Badgers' co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator, he added defensive coordinator duties in January 2008. During Doeren's time at Wisconsin, the Badgers posted a 49-16 overall record and played in the Champs Sports (twice), Outback and Capital One bowls. At Wisconsin, Doeren's defenses were consistently ranked in the top 25 in the nation; while there he coached current National Football League defenders Jonathan Casillas (Saints), DeAndre Levy (Lions) and J.J. Watt (Texans).

Doeren arrived at UW after four seasons (2002-05) at the University of Kansas. He was the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons at KU before being promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2005.

Prior to his time at Kansas, Doeren coached the secondary at NCAA FCS power Montana for two seasons. Montana won the I-AA national championship in 2001 and went 28-3 with two conference titles in his time there.

He started his college coaching career as an assistant at Drake from 1995-97 where he coached linebackers, before becoming defensive coordinator in 1997. A four-year letterwinner at Drake (1990-93), Doeren earned Academic All-America honors as a senior and graduated with a bachelor's degree in pre-medical biology and a master's in educational leadership.


NIU vs. Army TV Broadcast
NIU's game versus Army will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.
Ben Holden calls play-by-play and Randy Cross will serve as color analyst.
NIU vs. Army on Radio
- The Northern Illinois IMG Sports Network broadcast begins 30 minutes before kickoff.
- NIU network affiliates in 2012 are: WLBK 1360 AM (DeKalb), WSCR 670 AM (Chicago), WTJK 1380 AM (Janesville, Wis.) and WYLL 1160 AM (Chicago)* alternate Chicago station
- WYLL 1160 AM is the Chicago station for the NIU-Army game
- Bill Baker is in his 32nd season as the play-by-play voice of the Huskies. He is joined by 27-year color analyst Mark Lindo and 6-year sideline reporter Casey Kahler. "Inside Huskie Football" Radio Show
- Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. (Central)
- Sept. 13, 20, 27; Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25; Nov. 1, 8, 20
- Airs on WLBK 1360 AM (DeKalb), WTJK 1380 AM (Janesville)
- NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren, two Huskie players and an NIU Athletics special guest will be live each week at Cabana Charley's on Peace Rd. in Sycamore, Ill. "NIU Weekly" Radio Show
- Weekly 30 minute show highlighting the best of Huskie Athletics
- Airs Saturday mornings on WSCR 670 AM (Chicago)
- Hosted by Andy Garcia and NIU Associate Vice-President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher
- Features a weekly interview with football head coach Dave Doeren, other NIU head coaches and the latest Huskie news

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ROAD OPENER: Northern Illinois plays the first of its five 2012 road games, and its only non-conference road contest of the season, Saturday at West Point versus Army.

EASTWARD BOUND: Northern Illinois is the western-most school in the Mid-American Conference, and the trip to West Point takes NIU as far east as the Huskies have been since 2007, when Joe Novak's last team played at Temple and at Navy. Northern Illinois' only other visit to Army was Nov. 14, 1992.

IN SEARCH OF: NIU will try to win its initial road game for the first time in five years versus Army. The Huskies have not won a road opener since 2007, when NIU defeated Idaho in Moscow, 42-35. Since 2007, NIU has lost at Minnesota (2008), Wisconsin (2009), Iowa State (2010) and Kansas (2011) in its first road game.

RECENTLY: NIU is 1-1 on the season after defeating UT Martin, 35-7, at Huskie Stadium last week. Quarterback Jordan Lynch ran for three scores and hit Martel Moore with a 31-yard scoring strike, while Leighton Settle rushed 21 times for 106 yards to lead the NIU offense. Defensively, Northern Illinois forced three turnovers, gave up only 63 rushing yards and allowed the Skyhawks to convert just once in four trips to the red zone.

HAPPY AT HOME: NIU extended its school-record winning streak at Huskie Stadium to 16 games with its win over UT Martin. The Huskies have not lost a game in DeKalb since Sept. 26, 2009 when NIU dropped a 34-31 decision to Idaho. Northern Illinois has won 12 straight Mid-American Conference games at home, dating to a 33-30 overtime loss to Central Michigan on Nov. 12, 2008.

STAFF TRANSITION: On Sept. 3, Northern Illinois announced that first-year offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar's duties would be reassigned in order to allow him to focus on his battle with cancer. Assistant coach Rod Carey assumed game-planning and play-calling duties for the Huskie offense, which includes three coaches with backgrounds as offensive coordinators in Carey, quarterbacks coach Bob Cole and running backs coach Mike Uremovich. Joe Tripodi, a third-year graduate assistant who coaches the Huskie tight ends and fullbacks, becomes a full-time assistant and takes on recruiting responsibilities. Dunbar remains on staff and will attend practices and meetings when he can.

BACK-TO-BACK: Northern Illinois is one of 10 FBS programs to win at least 11 games in each of the last two years, joining Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, TCU, Boise State, Oregon, Stanford, LSU and Alabama. NIU and Stanford are the only teams whose 11-win seasons came under different head coaches.

WARD WINS: Junior safety Jimmie Ward (Mobile, Ala.) was named the MAC West Defensive Player of the Week for his performance versus UT Martin after leading the team with 10 tackles, breaking up two passes and grabbing the Huskies' first interception of the season. Ward won a pair of MAC Specialist of the Week honors in 2010 after blocking punts versus Minnesota and Buffalo. His 22 tackles and four pass break-ups lead Northern Illinois.

THREE IN A ROW: A Northern Illinois player has won the MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honor in each of the last three weeks dating back to last year. DE Sean Progar (Glenview, Ill.) earned the award following the last regular season game of 2011 versus Eastern Michigan, and again after leading an NIU defense that pressured Iowa quarterback James Vandenberg throughout the game. Progar earned the second MAC Weekly honor of his career with four tackles and a sack.

PASSING PROWESS: In his second career start, NIU quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) showed he is more than just a runner as the junior completed 19-of-25 passes to nine different receivers for 214 yards and a touchdown versus UT Martin. Lynch established career highs in completions, attempts and yards in the game, while also rushing for a career-best three touchdowns. He scored on runs of one, 32 and four yards while carrying the ball 11 times for 60 yards on the day.

LINEBACKER, TAILBACK, QUARTERBACK: Quarterback Jordan Lynch, who Dave Doeren described in the preseason as "a linebacker" playing quarterback, ran like a tailback versus Iowa as he tallied the third 100-yard rushing day of his career in his first career start. Lynch gained 119 yards on 18 carries, highlighted by a 73-yard touchdown run versus Iowa. He leads NIU with 179 rushing yards on 29 carries (a 6.2-yard average) and four rushing TDs.

FROM ZERO TO TEN: Northern Illinois went into the season opener versus Iowa with the least experienced offensive line in the country as every player in the Huskies' front five made his first career start at Soldier Field. Versus Iowa, NIU lined up with center Andrew Ness, guards Aidan Conlon and Tyler Pitt and tackles Matt Krempel and Tyler Loos. The UTM Martin game saw the return of "veteran" offensive guard Jared Volk from an offseason knee injury. Volk started two games a year ago and stepped into the starting five last week at guard, replacing Pitt, while Ryan Brown opened the game at tackle for his first career start.

SETTLED IN: Junior tailback Leighton Settle (Madison, Wis.) ran for 106 yards on 21 carries versus UT Martin in his first career start to record the first 100-yard day by a Huskie tailback this season. Settle, the son of former NFL running back John Settle, spent one season at Fresno City Community College before transferring to NIU in January 2011. He gained 84 yards on just 16 carries a year ago. His carries were the most by a Huskie tailback since the 2011 Cal Poly game when Jasmin Hopkins ran the ball 22 times.

ARMY "BRAT": Senior tailback Jamal Womble is one Huskie with a deep appreciation of the military as his father, John, is a career Army man who attained the rank of sergeant major. Due to his dad's career, Womble's family moved around the country as he attended high school in both North Carolina and Arizona.

SWEET 16: Six true freshmen and 10 redshirt freshmen have made their NIU debuts in 2012. The true freshmen include tailback Keith Harris, Jr., who scored a seven-yard rushing touchdown versus Iowa on his first career carry, In addition, true freshmen DE Perez Ford, CB Marlon Moore, TE Desroy Maxwell, LB Mike Cotton and WR Jacob Brinlee have played. Redshirt freshmen Aidan Conlon and Andrew Ness are the Huskies' starters at guard and center, respectively. They, along with guard Matt Killian, linebackers Boomer Mays and Rasheen Lemon, wide receivers Juwan Brescacin and Angelo Sebastiano, defensive backs Paris Logan and Tre' Moore and quarterback Matt McIntosh are the redshirt freshmen who have played for the Huskies this season.

268 OR LESS: Iowa gained just 268 yards versus the Huskies, with 139 rushing and 129 through the air. The Hawkeyes averaged just 3.3 yards on 82 plays. A year ago, only one NIU opponent (Kent State) was held to less than 268 yards.

STILL SPECTACULAR: NIU senior receiver Martel Moore (San Antonio, Texas) caught five passes for 56 yards versus UT Martin and added his first touchdown grab of the season - on a 31-yard completion - to give him 12 career TD catches. Moore leads the Huskies with eight catches for 95 yards on the season. Versus Iowa, he added to his highlight reel with a diving, over-the-shoulder grab of a Lynch aerial. The 25-yard play was part of a three-catch, 39-yard receiving day.

WATCH LISTER: For the second consecutive season, Huskie DE Sean Progar was named to the preseason watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented to the nation's top lineman/linebacker. The senior made a career high 52 tackles, 22 solo, a year ago with 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 quarterback sacks. In 41 career games, Progar has 127 tackles, 29.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 quarterback sacks.

SERVICE MAN: Tight end Jason Schepler is one of 117 nominees for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team®. Schepler didn't let a season-ending injury slow his community involvement as he tallies at least 14 hours of community service projects per semester. A member of NIU's Leadership Council, he also excels in the classroom, maintaining a 3.85 grade point average in electrical engineering.

NOT SO IRRELEVANT: Chandler Harnish went from setting 30 Northern Illinois records and winning the MAC's Vern Smith Award as league MVP a year ago to becoming the NFL's "Mr. Irrelevant" when he was the 253rd and final pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Drafted by his home state Indianapolis Colts, Harnish was feted in California at the annual Mr. Irrelevant festivities. Harnish has made the Colts' 53-man roster as the team's No. 3 quarterback.

NEXT: Northern Illinois returns home to host Kansas on Sept. 22 at Huskie Stadium with kickoff on ESPN3 is set for 2:30 p.m. NIU will play three of its next four games at home with its MAC opener versus Central Michigan Sept. 29 and Homecoming versus Buffalo Oct. 13.



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