Huskies Take 3-0 Mark to Purdue

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Sept. 24, 2013

GAME 4 - NIU Huskies (3-0) at Purdue (1-3) Sept. 28, 2013 | 11 a.m. (CT) | West Lafayette, Ind. | Ross-Ade Stadium | 62,500 Radio: WSCR 670 AM (Chicago) | WLBK 1360 AM & 98.9 FM (DeKalb) | ESPN2/WatchESPN

2013 Weekly Football Release

^The 3-0 Northern Illinois Huskies head back out on the road and close out their 2013 non-conference slate with a trip to Purdue.
^NIU has won 24 of its last 26 games dating back to Oct. 1, 2011 and is 37-8 since the start of the 2010 season under three different head coaches.
^The Huskies recorded their third come-from-behind victory of the season Saturday in a 43-39 win over FCS No. 8 Eastern Illinois at Huskie Stadium. NIU overcame an early 20-0 deficit in the win.
^NIU has won 22 straight games in its home stadium, the longest such streak in the country. The Huskies have not lost at Huskie Stadium since Sept. 26, 2009 versus Idaho.
^The Huskies also own the longest conference winning streak (17 games) in the country while its 10 straight wins in road games (since Oct. 1, 2011) rank second in the FBS.
^The Huskies compiled 602 yards of total offense - the 13th highest total in school history - and piled up 367 rushing yards versus Eastern Illinois.
^NIU ranks 11th in the country in rushing yards per game with a 295.3-yard average and has had back-to-back games with multiple 100-yard rushers.
^Rod Carey is 3-1 in his first season as NIU's head coach after making his debut in the 2013 Orange Bowl. Carey was NIU's offensive coordinator in the last 12 games of 2012 and offensive line coach for the past two years.
^Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and sixth time in his career after racking up 424 yards of total offense Saturday versus EIU.
^NIU has four wins in 40 games versus Big Ten teams all-time, but the Huskies have three wins in their last seven games versus B1G teams, including a 30-27 win over Iowa in the 2013 season opener.



HUSKIE FOOTBALL FACTS 2012 Record/MAC Record/Finish: 12-2/8-0/1st West
2012 Final Ranking: 22 (AP); 24 (USA Today Coaches)
Head Coach: Rod Carey
Record at NIU & Career Record/Years: 3-1/1st
Alma Mater/Year: Indiana/1993
Basic Offense/Defense: Multiple/4-3
First Year of Football: 1899
All-Time Record: 538-465-51
Last Bowl Game: 2013 Discover Orange Bowl (Florida State 31, NIU 10)
Consecutive Bowl Games: 5
MAC Championship Games: 4 (last, 2012, 44-37 W 2OT)
Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 54/16
Starters Returning: 16 (8 offense, 5 defense, 3 specialists)
Starters Lost: 11 (3 offense, 7 defense, 1 specialists)

Location: DeKalb, Illinois
Founded: 1895
Enrollment: 23,850
Affiliation: NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision
Conference: Mid-American (West Division)
Colors: Cardinal and Black
Stadium: Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium
Surface/Capacity: FieldTurf /24,000
President: Dr. Douglas D. Baker
Assoc. VP/Athletic Director: Sean Frazier
Alma Mater, Year: Alabama `92
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2013 Record/Conference Record: 1-3/0-1
2012 Record: 6-7
Conference Record/Finish: 3-5 (4th, Leaders)
Head Coach (Alma Mater/Yr): Darrell Hazell (Muskingum/'86)
Record at PU/Years: 1-3/1st
Career Record/Years: 17-13/3rd
Location: West Lafayette, Ind.
Enrollment: 39,256
Conference: Big Ten
Colors: Old Gold and Black
Stadium: Ross-Ade
Surface/Capacity: Bermuda Grass PAT /62,500
President: Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
Athletic Director: Morgan J. Burke
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The Last Meeting
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September 19, 2009
West Lafayette, Ind.
The Northern Illinois football team racked up 454 yards of offense, including 280 on the ground, leading to a monumental 28-21 win over host Purdue at Ross-Ade Stadium Saturday. The win marked the Huskies' first victory over a Big Ten Conference foe since 1988, a span of 19 games.

Overall: NIU leads 1-0
In West Lafayette: NIU leads 1-0
Streak: NIU, 1
Series History: Sept. 19, 2009 NIU 28, Purdue 21 (A)

Rod Carey, who spent the last two seasons on the coaching staff of the most successful teams ever at Northern Illinois, was named the 22nd head football coach in school history on Dec. 2, 2012. The 41-year old was promoted after serving as NIU's offensive coordinator during most of the 2012 season. On the same day Carey was introduced as the new head coach, Northern Illinois made history as the first Mid-American Conference team invited to play in a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) bowl game. Carey coached the Huskies in the bowl game, a 31-10 loss to Florida State. He spent his first two seasons at NIU helping guide two of the most prolific offenses in school history as the Huskies won back-to-back MAC championships and 11-or-more games each year. In 2012 Carey added run game coordinator to his duties as offensive line coach. Already faced with replacing five starters on the offensive line Carey assumed offensive coordinator duties after the first game of the year. In his first season at NIU, Carey mentored two All-Americans and three all-conference selections. Center Scott Wedige and left tackle Trevor Olson were named All-Americans by and Phil Steele's magazine, respectively. A three-year starter at center for Indiana, Carey served as a team captain and won IU's Corby Davis Outstanding Offensive Player Award as a senior, playing for former Northern Illinois head coach Bill Mallory. He earned his bachelor's degree from Indiana in 1994. Carey joined the Huskies after three seasons as the offensive line coach at the University of North Dakota. His line paved the way for UND 1,000-yard rusher Josh Murray (1,146 yards) in 2008 and for the No. 2 running back in the Great West Conference a year later. Five of Carey's offensive linemen earned GWC all-conference honors in his last three seasons. Prior to going to North Dakota, Carey spent the 2007 season as the offensive line coach at Illinois State. From 2000-06, Carey coached at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. His offensive units averaged nearly 400 yards per game during his seven seasons and set 14 records, including the all-time conference rushing record. In all, Carey coached 26 all-conference selections and seven All-Americans during his time at UW-Stout. A native of Wayzata, Minn., Carey began his collegiate coaching career at the University of Minnesota (1998-99) where he helped the Gophers to their first bowl game in over a decade with a trip to the 1999 Sun Bowl. Prior to UM, he spent four seasons in the high school ranks at his alma mater, Wayzata (Minn.) High School, from 1994-97. Carey and his wife Tonya have two children, daughter Kennedi (8) and son Charlie (6)

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#ON THE ROAD AGAIN: The NIU Huskies take their 3-0 record on the road for the third time this season with a trip to Indiana to face Purdue. NIU closes out its non-conference slate and faces its second Big Ten Conference opponent of 2013.

#B1G BUSTER?: NIU is 4-35-1 all-time versus teams from the Big Ten Conference, and is looking to defeat two Big Ten teams in one season for the first time in school history. The Huskies have won three of their last seven meetings versus league teams, including a 30-27 win at Iowa in the 2013 season opener. NIU also has claimed wins at Minnesota (2010) and Purdue (2009) in recent seasons.

#RETURN TO PURDUE: NIU makes the relatively short (185 mile) trip to West Lafayette for the second time in the last five years. Northern Illinois won the only other meeting as the Huskies claimed a 28-21 win in Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 19, 2009. In that game, NIU scored 21 second-quarter points to take a 21-7 lead and extended the margin to 28-7 in the third period. Purdue responded with a pair of rushing scores to close the gap to 28-21, which proved to be the final score.

#A GREAT FAKE: NIU executed one of the most improbable fake punts in school history to secure its win at Purdue in 2009. Facing fourth-and-two on their own 16-yard line, and clinging to a 28-21 lead, Nolan Owen snapped the ball to up-back Justin Anderson who rumbled for 11 yards and the Huskie first down. Following the play, the Huskies were able to hold the ball until only 18 seconds remained on the clock.

#NEW TO PURDUE: Only four players on the current Huskie team made the trip to West Lafayette with NIU in 2009. Offensive lineman Matt Krempel, quarterback Jordan Lynch, cornerback Sean Evans and defensive lineman Anthony Wells were on the travel list for the Huskies' last game at Purdue. None of them saw action in the game, or that entire season.

#ROAD WARRIORS: NIU is one of only five FBS teams that will play four of its first five games of the 2013 season on the road. Toledo, Utah State and Ole Miss will also be on the road for four of their first five games, while Florida Atlantic will play five of its first six contests away from home. NIU, along with Ole Miss, FAU and Houston (which has two open dates) will not play their second home game of 2013 until October 12. Following Saturday's game at Purdue, the Huskies open Mid-American Conference play Oct. 5 at Kent State in a rematch of last year's MAC Championship game.

#HOME SWEET HOME: NIU extended the longest FBS home stadium winning streak in the country to 22 games with its 43-39 win over Eastern Illinois Saturday at Huskie Stadium in the 2013 home opener. The Huskies' streak dates back to Sept. 26, 2009, when NIU dropped a 34-31 decision to Idaho. Ninety-six players on this year's roster have never experienced a loss on Brigham Field with only the Huskies' nine fifth-year seniors on hand the last time NIU lost a game at home.

#FAMILIAR PLACE: NIU Head Coach Rod Carey faced Purdue four times during his days at Indiana (1989-93), where he played offensive line under IU (and previously NIU) head coach Bill Mallory. Carey started at center in three seasons for the Hoosiers and his IU teams went 3-1 versus Purdue, 1-1 at Ross-Ade Stadium.

#FAMILIAR FACE: After spending the last two seasons as the head coach at Kent State, Purdue head coach Darrell Hazell is no stranger to NIU. Hazell and his MAC East Champion Kent State team lost the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championship game to NIU, 44-37, in double overtime last December. The 2012 MAC Coach of the Year, Hazell is 0-2 versus the Huskies as a head coach. Three of Hazell's current assistant coaches at Purdue also were part of the Kent State staff in 2012.

#HOOSIERS: Five Indiana natives on the NIU roster will make the trip back home with the Huskies Saturday. Redshirt senior Matt Krempel (Columbus/Columbus North HS) is the senior Indianan and he is joined by redshirt junior center Michael Gegner (Indianapolis/Warren Central HS), redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt McIntosh (Evansville/Reitz HS) and true freshmen Draco Smith (Hammond/Chicago Mt. Carmel HS) and William Lee (Indianapolis/Arsenal Tech). Krempel has seen the most playing time of the Huskies' Indiana players with McIntosh the only other Hoosier to see any action (one play vs. EIU).

#THE I'S HAVE IT: NIU completes its tour of the "I" states with its trip to West Lafayette Saturday. After visiting Iowa and Idaho in its first two games, then facing Eastern Illinois at home last Saturday, the Huskies close out their non-conference slate in Indiana versus Purdue.

#GOOD START: Northern Illinois' 3-0 start is its best since 2003, when NIU won its first seven games of the year, and defeated ranked teams Maryland and Alabama. The Huskies are one of only three teams from a non-automatic qualifying conference that is still undefeated. Navy (2-0) and Fresno State (3-0) are the others.

#COME-FROM-BEHIND HUSKIES: NIU has come from behind to win in every game this season. After jumping out to an early 10-0 lead at Iowa, the Huskies found themselves trailing the Hawkeyes 24-17 at halftime. At Idaho on Sept. 14, the Vandals led NIU 28-14 at halftime, while Eastern Illinois jumped out to a 20-0 first quarter lead on the Huskies Sept. 21. Northern Illinois used a last-second field goal to defeat Iowa, 30-27, and scored 31 of the last 38 points of the game to claim a 45-35 win at Idaho. Versus Eastern Illinois, the Huskies scored 30 straight points after falling behind 20-0. Behind 39-36, NIU came back again in the fourth quarter to claim the 43-39 win.

#SCORING EDGE: Northern Illinois has outscored its opponents 57-29 in the second half, including a 27-6 edge in the third quarter. EIU's third-quarter touchdown was the first score given up by the Huskies in the third quarter this year. NIU has been outscored 41-23 in the first quarter of its three games this season.

#GRINDING IT OUT: The Huskies ran for 367 yards on 52 carries for an average of 7.1 per rush versus Eastern Illinois, the second straight week NIU surpassed the 350-yard mark in rushing. Northern Illinois had two players rush for 100-plus yards for the second straight game and scored four rushing touchdowns. At Idaho, it was Jordan Lynch and Tommylee Lewis both over the 100-yard plateau, while Lynch (189 yards) and Cameron Stingily (134) provided the one-two punch versus EIU. A week ago at Idaho, the Huskies ran for 356 yards on 48 carries and had three rushing scores. The Huskies, whose history as a rushing team is well-documented going back to Michael Turner and Garrett Wolfe, are ranked 11th in the country in rushing yards per game with 295.3.

#CARRYING THE LOAD: NIU linebacker-turned-tailback Cameron Stingily enjoyed his best day as a Huskie Saturday with 134 rushing yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns versus Eastern Illinois. Six times, the 6-1, 244-pound junior got the ball in short yardage (third or fourth down with two or less yards) and carried would-be tacklers ahead for the first down. Stingily also showed burst with a 46-yard run, the longest of his career. He is averaging 5.2 yards per carry on the year. A two-way player in high school, Stingily spent his first two seasons on the NIU roster as a linebacker.

#NO FUN: Eastern Illinois Head Coach Dino Babers on Cameron Stingily, "That guy's a bull," Babers said. "That was not fun. There's a lot of times when you're an old man, you wish you could go out there and play the game one more time. Not with him running the ball. I was fine just standing on the sideline coaching."

#SELECT COMPANY: Jordan Lynch needs 21 yards passing at Purdue to become only the 26th FBS quarterback all-time to gain 2,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards passing in a career. Lynch enters Saturday's contest with 3,979 passing and 2,827 career rushing yards. With 173 more rushing yards in addition to those 21 passing, Lynch will become the 10th FBS quarterback to have 3,000 rushing and 4,000 passing yards. Lynch now ranks second (behind only his predecessor, four-year starter Chandler Harnish) on the Huskies' all-time total offense chart with 6,806 yards.

#EVEN BETTER: In his second season as a starter, Jordan Lynch's numbers through three games in 2013 are better than those he posted at the same time a year ago. Lynch has 100 more rushing yards (404-304), 52 more passing yards (662-610) and has completed 20 more passes (63-43) with two more touchdown throws (7-5) than at the same point a year ago. His 2013 averages of 134.7 rushing, 220.7 passing and 355.3 total offense yards per game outpace the 101.3, 203.3 and 304. 7 he put up at this point in the season a year ago.

#MACCOLADES: For the second time this season and sixth time in his career, Jordan Lynch was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week, following the win over Eastern Illinois. Lynch also picked up the award after NIU's win at Iowa where he compiled 331 yards of total offense and threw three touchdown passes. In all, four different Huskie players have been honored five times so far in 2013 with Ken Bishop named MAC West Defensive POTW versus Idaho, Mathew Sims named Specialist of the Week after his game-winning kick at Iowa and Tommylee Lewis picking up offensive honors after rushing for 104 yards on four carries and catching nine passes for 56 yards.

#MEET YOU AT THE QB: The Huskie defense leads the nation in quarterback sacks with all 14 of NIU's sacks coming in the last two games. NIU posted nine sacks (one off the school record) at Idaho and five more versus EIU to average 4.67 sacks per game, ahead of Memphis (4.33) and Maryland (4.25). Nine players have been in on the "sack party," led by sophomore defensive end Perez Ford, who has 3.5 sacks on the season. Ford, redshirt freshman DT Mario Jones and sophomore MLB Boomer Mays have all recorded their first career QB sacks this season.

#THE HARD WAY: Over the years, the NIU football program has adopted the motto "The Hard Way" based on the Huskies' ability to battle adversity and overcome obstacles while winning games. Lately "The Hard Way" - which dates back to the Joe Novak era - has often extended to the game itself. In winning 37 of its last 45 games since the start of the 2010 season, NIU is 13-5 in games decided by seven points or less. The Huskies are 2-0 this season in close games, defeating Iowa and Eastern Illinois by three and four points, respectively. NIU went 4-1 in close games a year ago and won five of seven tight contests in the nailbiting season of 2011. Both years ended in MAC Championships.

#BIG KICK SIMS: NIU senior kicker Mathew Sims made three field goals versus Eastern Illinois and was named one of the Lou Groza Award Stars of the Week. Sims has made seven-of-eight three-point tries this season. At Idaho, Sims hit a 51-yard field goal with 10:49 to play to give the Huskies a 38-35 lead. The field goal was the second-longest of Sims' career (he made a school-record 54-yard kick vs. Western Michigan in 2012) and tied for the fifth-longest in school history. At Iowa, Sims made his third game-winner when he hit a 36-yarder with four seconds to play to lift NIU to a 30-27 win. Sims made a pair of game-winning threes in 2011 - providing last-second victories over Ball State (41-38) and Ohio (23-20) in the MAC Championship game. He also hit a game-tying field goal in the 2012 MAC Championship game to send the game into double overtime.

#MULTIPLE THREAT: Junior Tommylee Lewis has become a go-to player for the Huskie offense, both on the ground and through the air. In two-and-a-half games, Lewis leads NIU with 23 catches and has 220 receiving yards and two touchdowns. He also ranks as the Huskies' third leading rusher with six carries for 120 yards, thanks to his four-carry, 104-yard rushing day at Idaho. Also a kickoff return threat in the return game, Lewis has scored 12 touchdowns in his NIU career with seven receiving, two rushing and three kickoff returns.

#LEADING THE D: Despite playing with a cast on one hand to protect a broken finger suffered in preseason camp, senior safety Jimmie Ward leads the Huskie defense with 30 tackles on the year. The Mobile, Ala. native, who has made 100-or-more tackles in back-to-back years, made arguably the biggest play of the Iowa game with his one-handed interception with 1:17 to play and the score tied 27-27. Ward perfectly read the out route he had seen multiple times during the game, broke on the ball and snagged it with his non-casted hand. Ward also intercepted EIU QB Jimmy Garoppolo for his sixth career INT. His 21 solo stops are seven more than anyone else on the NIU defense.

#SENIOR CLASS: The Huskies' 2013 roster includes 17 seniors; 14 are listed on the depth chart and 10 are starters. NIU's defensive line features six seniors, including starters George Rainey, Ken Bishop and Joe Windsor and back-ups Stephen O'Neal and Zach Anderson. At defensive back, Jimmie Ward, Jhony Faustin, Dominique Ware and Sean Evans are the backbone of the Huskies' secondary. Northern Illinois has three seniors on the offensive line in Matt Krempel, Jared Volk and Matt Battaglia, who redshirted last year due to injury and returned for his final season. Quarterback Jordan Lynch and kicker Mathew Sims round out the seniors on the two-deep. Senior Nate McNeal plays on several of the Huskie special teams, while running back Akeem Daniels remains sidelined as does defensive lineman Anthony Wells.

#TRAINING GROUND: There are five current FBS head coaches who previously coached at Northern Illinois, beginning with Minnesota's Jerry Kill and N.C. State's Dave Doeren. Kill served as the Huskies' head coach from 2008-10, while Doeren coached at NIU in 2011 and `12. New Syracuse head coach Scott Schaefer spent eight seasons (1996-2003) at NIU as defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach under Joe Novak while new Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck played at Northern Illinois (2000-03) and then returned to coach wide receivers from 2007-09. Georgia State head coach Trent Miles spent the 1991-94 campaigns with the Huskies as wide receivers coach.

#DEFENDING CHAMPS: After waiting 28 years to win its second Mid-American Conference title in 2011, the Huskies wasted no time earning MAC Championship No. 3 with a 44-37 victory in double overtime over No. 17 and 11-1 Kent State on Nov. 30, 2012 at Ford Field in Detroit. NIU became the first MAC team to repeat as league champs since Central Michigan in 2006-07. Northern Illinois, which has played in the last three MAC Championship games, begins the 2013 defense of its title on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Kent State in a rematch of the 2012 championship game.

#MAC PRESEASON POLL: Northern Illinois is the preseason favorite to win the Mid-American Conference West Division by league media, and the Huskies were also the preseason choice to win the MAC. In the preseason poll, NIU tallied 138 points and 16 first-place votes to finish ahead of Toledo, which earned five first-place votes and 122 points. Ball State, Central Michigan, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan rounded out the MAC West. In the east, Ohio was the choice with 15 first-place votes, followed by Bowling Green, Kent State, Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), Akron and UMass.

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