Oct. 15, 2013
GAME 7 - No. 23 NIU (6-0, 2-0 MAC) at Central Michigan (3-4, 2-1 MAC)
Oct. 19, 2013 | 2 p.m. (CT) | ESPN3 | DeKalb, Ill. | Kelly/Shorts Stadium | 30,255
Radio: WSCR 670 AM (Chicago) | WLBK 1360 AM & 98.9 FM (DeKalb) | WTJK 1380 AM (Janesville, Wis.)
The Last Meeting
September 29, 2012
Huskies Run Over Central Michigan, 55-24
Junior running back Leighton Settle scored three touchdowns while rushing for 152 yards on 23 carries to lead Northern Illinois to a 55-24 victory on Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium. Junior quarterback Jordan Lynch gained 144 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown and went 14-of-32 through the air for 215 yards and another score.
###The No. 23 ranked Northern Illinois Huskies return to the road to against their first MAC West opponent of the season as NIU faces Central Michigan Sat., Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. (CT) in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
###The Huskies have won 19 consecutive games versus Mid-American Conference opponents, the longest conference winning streak in the country.
###NIU's 12 straight wins in road games rank second in the FBS and date back to a 48-41 loss at Central Michigan on Oct. 1, 2011.
###The Huskies are 6-0 - and bowl eligible for the sixth straight year - for the first time since 2003 after defeating Akron, 27-20, at home last Saturday.
###NIU is 40-8 since the start of the 2010 season and has won 27 of its last 29 games dating back to Oct. 1, 2011.
###NIU leads the country with 23 consecutive victories in its home stadium with the last home loss at Huskie Stadium to Idaho (9-26-09).
###The Huskie defense carried the day versus Akron, holding the Zips to just six points over the final three quarters with the lowest total yards and rushing yards by an opponent this season.
###Huskie safety Jimmie Ward leads the country in interceptions with five, including one in each of NIU's last four games.
###Rod Carey is 6-1 as NIU's head coach after making his head coaching debut in the 2013 Orange Bowl. He was NIU's offensive coordinator in the last 12 games of 2012 and offensive line coach for the past two years.
###NIU defeated both Iowa and Purdue in non-conference play to become the first MAC team to defeat two Big Ten teams in the regular season; the Huskies' 55 points at Purdue are the most points ever scored by a league team versus a Big Ten foe.
###The Huskies have forced at least one turnover in every game this year; the Akron game marked the first time this year NIU did not commit a turnover on offense.
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: 6-1/1st
Alma Mater/Year: Indiana/1993
Basic Offense/Defense: Multiple/4-3
First Year of Football: 1899
All-Time Record: 541-465-51
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)
NORTHERN ILLINOIS FACTS
Location: DeKalb, Illinois
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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Twitter: @NIUAthletics, @Lynchfor6, @PrideinthePack, @NIUscores
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NIU 2013 SCHEDULE
2013 Record/Conference Record: 3-4/2-1 MAC
2012 Record/Conf. Record (Finish): 7-6/4-4 (4th, West)
Head Coach (Alma Mater/Yr): Dan Enos (Michigan St./'91)
Record at CMU & Career/Years: 16-28/4th
Location: Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Conference: Mid-American (West)
Colors: Maroon & Gold
Stadium: Kelly/Shorts Stadium
President: Dr. George E. Ross
Athletic Director: Dave Heeke
Athletics Website: www.cmuchippewas.com
Twitter/Facebook: @CMUAthletics; CMU Athletics
CMU 2013 SCHEDULE
NIU-CMU SERIES HISTORY
Overall: CMU leads 25-22-1
In DeKalb: NIU leads 14-9-1
In Mt. Pleasant: CMU leads 16-8
In MAC Games: NIU leads 14-13
Streak: Northern Illinois, 1
First Meeting: Sept. 30, 1939; CMU 6, NIU 0 (A)
Last Meeting: Sept. 29, 2012; NIU 55, CMU 24 (H)
NIU HEAD COACH Rod Carey
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 CBSSports.com 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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NIU NEWS & NOTES
BACK ON THE ROAD: NIU goes back on the road for the fifth time this season as the Huskies play their first MAC West opponent of 2013 in a 2 p.m. (CT) contest at Central Michigan Saturday.
THE LAST: Central Michigan is a team that appears in the Huskie notes each week as the "last." As in, Central Michigan is THE LAST Mid-American Conference team to defeat the Huskies - 19 conference games ago on Oct. 1, 2011. CMU is also THE LAST MAC team to earn a win at Huskie Stadium with a 33-30 overtime win on Nov. 12, 2008. Since that time, NIU has won 17 straight league games at home.
MAC STREAKING: The Huskies own the longest conference winning streak in the nation at 19 games as NIU has not lost to a Mid-American opponent since falling at Central Michigan (48-41) in its 2011 league opener. NIU won the remainder of its MAC games that season and the title game, then swept through conference play a year ago before defeating Kent State in Detroit.
ROAD STREAKING: NIU's current 12-game winning streak in road games ranks as the second-longest in the country behind Oregon's 18 straight road W's. The Huskies have not lost on the road since dropping a 48-41 decision to Central Michigan on Oct. 1, 2011, and are unbeaten in four road trips this season.
ROAD WARRIORS: NIU was one of only five FBS teams to play four of its first five games of 2013 on the road. Toledo, Utah State and Ole Miss were also on the road for four of their first five games, while Florida Atlantic plays five of its first six contests away from home.
RANKED: NIU is ranked No. 23 in both polls for the second consecutive week. NIU is in its second consecutive week at No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll and has spent three weeks at No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. This week, NIU earned 185 points from the AP voters and 224 in the coaches' poll, up 47 and 55 points, respectively. This year marked the earliest the Huskies have been in the Top 25 since 2003. NIU is ranked for the third time in the last four seasons.
Most Frequent Foe: The Huskies have played Central Michigan 48 times since 1939, more than any other current NCAA FBS team. The Chippewas own a 25-22-1 lead in the all-time series and have won 16 of the 24 contests played in Mt. Pleasant. In 27 games as MAC opponents, NIU owns a narrow 14-13 series advantage. Central Michigan has won four of the last six games between the teams, including three straight over NIU at home (2007, 2009, 2011). The Huskies won nine straight meetings from 1998-2006 and handled CMU, 55-24, in DeKalb a year ago.
HUSKIES IN THE MAC: NIU is 117-90-2 all-time in MAC games with an 81-45 (.643) record in Mid-American Conference play since 1997. The Huskies have won 24 of their last 25 and 29 of their last 33 MAC regular season contests. Northern Illinois is in its 28th season as a member of the league in 2013-14; this season is NIU's 17th in the MAC since rejoining the league in 1997.
LOOKING AT .500: All-time, Northern Illinois is 51-52-1 (.495) in 104 Mid-American Conference road games. The Huskies have posted a 30-13 (.698) record versus MAC foes on the road since 2002 and are 37-26 (.587) on the road versus league teams since rejoining the MAC in 1997.
HOME SWEET HOME: NIU has won a school and Mid-American Conference record 23 consecutive games at Huskie Stadium and owns the longest winning streak by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) team in its home stadium. 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 at home.
HO-HUM, BOWL ELiGIBLE: Largely unnoticed in the aftermath of NIU's 27-20 win over Akron last Saturday was the fact that with its sixth win of the season, NIU became bowl eligible for the sixth year in a row. The Huskies have played in a bowl game in each of the last five seasons, a school-record streak. NIU has won at least six games 12 times in 13 campaigns since 2000.
14 STRONG: NIU is one of 14 undefeated teams in FBS and is the only MAC school left with an unblemished record. The list includes two teams each from the SEC (Alabama and Missouri), Big XII (Baylor and Texas Tech), PAC-12 (Oregon and UCLA), American (Louisville and Houston), a trio of ACC teams - Clemson, Florida State and Miami (Fla.), Ohio State of the Big Ten, Fresno State from the Mountain West, and NIU.
SQUEAKER: The Huskies celebrated Homecoming with a 27-20 victory over Akron at Huskie Stadium last Saturday. The NIU defense enjoyed its best statistical day of the season, holding Akron to 20 points, including just six over the final three quarters. Northern Illinois gave up a season-low 372 total yards with just 110 rushing. Ahead 17-14 after one quarter, NIU extended its lead to 24-14 with the only score of the third quarter and added a 21-yard field goal by Tyler Wedel to lead 27-14 before a late touchdown by Akron closed the gap to 27-20.
ONE WIN AWAY: NIU's 17-man senior class is one win away from tying the 2012 seniors as the winningest class in Northern Illinois University football history. Since 2010, the 2013 seniors have 40 wins with 11 in both 2010 and 2011, 12 a year ago and six so far in 2013. They own a winning percentage of .833 with an overall record of 40-8 and are a perfect 19-0 at home. The 2012 seniors were 41-13 (.759) between 2009-2012; they took the winningest senior class mantle from the 2011 group, which went 35-19 for a percentage of .648. Both the 2011 and 2012 seniors' final years included MAC Championships.
THE SENIOR CLASS: The Huskies 2013 roster includes 17 seniors. Of the 12 defensive seniors, seven play on the NIU defensive line: George Rainey, Ken Bishop, Joe Windsor, Stephen O'Neal, Anthony Wells 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, kicker Mathew Sims and special teamer Nate McNeal round out the active group.Tailback Akeem Daniels remains sidelined with a foot injury.
23 OUT OF 24 AIN'T BAD: Northern Illinois saw its streak of 21 consecutive quarters scoring a point snapped in the second quarter of the Akron game as the Huskies were unable to get into the end zone and Tyler Wedel's 46-yard field goal attempt was blocked. Northern Illinois has now scored in 23 of 24 quarters as NIU went on to score in both the third and fourth quarters versus Akron. The Huskies have been held to three points in a quarter only twice with at least six points in every other period. Despite the shutout versus Akron, the second quarter remains NIU's top scoring period with 69 points. NIU has scored at least 50 points in every quarter.
TURNOVER TALK: NIU has forced at least one turnover in every game this season with Jimmie Ward's fifth interception of the season the lone turnover by either team in the Akron game. Meanwhile, the Huskie offense enjoyed its first turnover-free game since the last regular season game of 2012.
BALL HAWK: NIU safety Jimmie Ward intercepted his fifth pass of the season early in the fourth quarter versus Akron, and has had an interception in each of the Huskies' last four games. With five INTs in six games this year, Ward leads the nation in pickoffs, along with Steven Nelson of Oregon State. Ward has intercepted passes versus Iowa, Eastern Illinois, Purdue, Kent State and Akron. He recovered a fumble at Kent State, and returned his interception at Purdue 62 yards for a touchdown. The safety from Mobile, Ala. set up the Huskies' game-winning field goal at Iowa by intercepting Iowa QB Jake Rudock with 1:17 to play. His 50 tackles and 35 solo stops lead NIU.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE: NIU defensive tackle Ken Bishop has a fan in Akron Head Coach Terry Bowden. Asked about Bishop after the 6-1, 308-pound Huskie senior effectively stopped the Zips running game with six tackles, five solo and one for loss, Bowden said ""I don't think there's a better defensive player in the league than No. 93 (Ken Bishop). He's the best. He's a difference maker. He's got incredible strength and explosion. Whether it's against Iowa or us, he has the ability to stick a hand in somebody's chest and just drive them back. Then he separates with great quickness. He's got the whole package." Bishop leads all NIU defensive linemen with 29 tackles, 17 solo.
ALL ABOUT THE RUN: Over the years, NIU built a reputation as a rushing powerhouse based on the exploits of backs like LeShon Johnson, Michael Turner, Garrett Wolfe, Chad Spann and more. Add quarterbacks who bring the ability to pick up chunks of yardage on the ground like Chandler Harnish and Jordan Lynch, and it's clear the ground game is still a critical part of the Huskies' offensive success. In 2013, NIU has run for 350-or-more yards in three of its six games (Idaho, Eastern Illinois and Kent State), has had 100-yard rushing games by three different players (Cameron Stingily, Jordan Lynch, Tommylee Lewis) and currently leads the MAC and ranks ninth nationally in rushing with an average of 282.7 yards per game.
THE BIG BACK: NIU tailback Cameron Stingily held onto his team lead in rushing with 80 tough yards on 21 carries at Akron and the junior enters this week's game with 656 yards on 119 carries for an average of 5.8 yards per carry and 109.3 yards per game. He is ranked 15th nationally in rushing yards and 16th in yards per game. Stingily's signature performance came at Kent State when he rumbled through the Flashes for 266 yards on 37 carries with two TDs. In that game, the 6-1, 244-pound back averaged 7.2 yards per rush with 17 runs of more than five yards and nine carries for 10-plus yards. Sixteen of his carries resulted in a Huskie first down. Stingily's rushing 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), ranked 12th all-time at Northern Illinois and is third among FBS running backs this year.
STINGILY AND THE YAC: According to NIU coaches' calculations, an amazing 76 percent of tailback Cameron Stingily's rushing yards (502 of 656) have come after the first contact with a defender. Approximately 4.2 of his 5.5 yards per rush are "YAC" (Yards After Contact). In the Kent State game, where Stingily gashed the Flashes for 266 yards on 37 carries, Stingily totaled 195 YAC yards, an average of an extra 5.3 yards after the first hit. Versus Akron, 65 of his 80 yards came after contact.
NO FUN: Eastern Illinois Head Coach Dino Babers said it best when talking about tackling Cameron Stingily, who gained 134 yards on 21 carries versus the Panthers for his first career 100-yard game. "That guy's a bull," Babers said. "That [tackling him] 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."
SENIOR-LESS: NIU does not have a single (active) senior wide receiver, running back, fullback or tight end this year. All 119 of the passes completed by Huskie quarterbacks (118 by Jordan Lynch and one by Matt McIntosh) have gone to freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The juniors have carried the bulk of the load as Tommylee Lewis (40 catches) and Da'Ron Brown (28) have combined for 68 of the Huskies' completions for 770 of NIU's 1,351 receiving yards (57 percent). No other player has more than nine receptions for NIU, although 12 other players - three tailbacks, five receivers, a fullback and three tight ends, have caught passes.
ALL-PURPOSE: The term might as well have been invented for Tommylee Lewis. The 5-7 Floridian leads NIU in catches (40) and kickoff returns (9-253), ranks second on the team in receiving yards (346) and third in rushing yards (163) after a 104-yard rushing game at Idaho. With Angelo Sebastiano sidelined, he added punt return duties in the last two games and has three returns for 12 yards. Lewis, a Paul Hornung Award candidate, is averaging 129 all-purpose yards per game, fifth in the league and 34th in the nation, and also ranks 23rd in the country in catches per game.
THE HARD WAY: Over the years, the NIU football program has embraced the motto "The Hard Way" based on the Huskies' ability to battle adversity and overcome obstacles en route to team success. Lately "The Hard Way" - which dates back to the Joe Novak era - has extended to the game itself. In winning 40 of 48 games since the start of the 2010 season, NIU is 14-5 in games decided by seven points or less. In 2013, the Huskies are 3-0 in close games, defeating Iowa and Eastern Illinois by three and four points, respectively, and Akron by seven. 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.
FROSH FACES: Six true freshmen have seen action this year for the Huskies: linebackers Sean Folliard and Jamaal Payton, wide receivers Aregeros Turner and Chad Beebe, safety Mycial Allen and defensive end Austin Smaha. Beebe was the last rookie to see his first action as he got on the field in the second half at Kent State. Payton and Turner became the first true freshmen to start for NIU this season as Payton started at outside linebacker and Turner was in on the first offensive set. The Huskies have also played 11 redshirt freshmen in 2013.
TOP SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: NIU senior offensive tackle Matt Krempel is one of only 54 nominees from the Football Bowl Subdivision for the National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Awards. Presented to the top 16 football student-athletes across all divisions of college football, the NFF awards an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship to the winners with one individual selected to receive the William V. Campbell Trophy. Krempel is a three-year letterwinner who graduated in May 2012 with a 3.59 GPA in pre-physical therapy and is pursuing a degree in kinesiology and physical education. NIU is the only school in the country to have an NFF Scholar-Athlete Award in each of the last two seasons (Chandler Harnish, 2011; Nabal Jefferson, 2012).
B1G BUSTER: After defeating both Iowa (30-27) and Purdue (55-24) during the non-conference schedule, NIU is 4-4 in its last eight games versus Big Ten Conference opponents and became the first Mid-American Conference team to defeat two Big Ten opponents in a regular season. The Huskies' 55 points at Purdue were the most ever scored by a MAC team versus the Big Ten and its 31-point victory margin tied for the largest versus the B1G in league history.
RETURN ON: Tommylee Lewis scored on a kickoff return for the fourth time in his career at Purdue when he took the second half kickoff back 99 yards for a score. The kickoff return score was the fourth of Lewis' career, adding to the school record he tied as a freshman with two KOR returns in the same game at Toledo, and broke last year at Eastern Michigan. At Purdue, Lewis was untouched on his way to the end zone. The Huskie junior's career kickoff return average of 25.3 yards is a school record, while his 1,597 total kickoff return yards ranks second all-time at NIU.
ON THE RUN: Behind junior tailback Cameron Stingily's 266 rushing yards on 37 attempts, Northern Illinois ran for 454 yards on 63 carries at Kent State to post the eighth-highest single game rushing total in school history. NIU's 28 rushing first downs rank second in the Huskie record books, behind only the school-record 31 rushing first downs versus Fresno State on Oct. 6, 1990.
WORN OUT: The Huskies' 698 yards of total offense on 98 plays at Kent State ranked among NIU's top offensive performances all-time. The 698 yards is the third-highest total in school 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. NIU's 98 offensive plays were just four away from the school record of 102, set versus Ohio on Nov. 7, 1981.