Sept. 16, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University defensive tackle Ken Bishop and wide receiver Tommylee Lewis earned Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week honors following NIU's 45-35 win at Idaho, the league office announced Monday.
Lewis, a native of Riviera Beach, Fla., led the Huskies with a career-best nine catches for 56 yards with a long of 22, but what was even more impressive were his 104 rushing yards on four carries in a 45-35 win at Idaho. Lewis averaged 26 yards per carry with a career-long 50 yard run highlighting his day.
The W.T. Dwyer product also had a crucial 29-yard pick-up on the ground in the fourth quarter to start the drive that resulted in the Huskies' last touchdown and 10-point lead. It was the first 100-yard rushing day of Lewis' career.
Fellow Floridian Bishop tallied a career-high eight tackles, six solo stops, and added one tackle for loss in the victory over the Vandals. A native of Lauderhill, Fla., Bishop recovered a fumble in the first quarter to help set up the Huskies' first touchdown.
Bishop's work on the defensive line helped free up his defensive linemates for nine quarterback sacks, the most by the Huskies since setting the school record of 10 in 2002. The Northern Illinois defense held Idaho to just seven points and 159 yards in the second half as the Huskies recorded the comeback victory at the Kibbie Dome.
Lewis and Bishop join Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel) and Mathew Sims as Huskies who have earned MAC Player of the Week honors this season. Lynch and Sims garnered their accolades for their performances in NIU's 30-27 victory over Iowa in the season opener.
NIU returns to action Saturday, Sept. 21 when the Huskies take on Eastern Illinois at Huskie Stadium for the home opener. Season and single game tickets for Northern Illinois' 2013 home schedule are on sale now. The new Huskieland Plan, which includes a ticket to all five home games (sections A and G) and $50 in Doggie Dollars good for parking and/or concessions, is just $50. All remaining season ticket locations for the 2013 Huskie Stadium home slate are just $100 while NIU Alumni Association members, senior citizens (62+), youth (3-13), NIU Varsity Club (former letterwinners) members and faculty and staff can see every game for just $88.
Single game tickets are priced at just $15 for seating in the upper rows of sections A and G in Huskie Stadium, while seats in sections B, F and lower A and G are $24 for the general public and $18 for senior citizens (ages 62 and over) and youth (ages 3-13). Seats in section C, D and E, as well as seats on the East Side, are just $30 for the general public and $20 for senior citizens and youth. Season and single game tickets for the five-game home schedule can be purchased through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center, online via Ticketmaster and NIUHuskies.com and on the phone by calling 815-753-PACK (7225).