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  • Baker leads Northern Illinois past Toledo 74-66 Feb 26, 2014 10:26 PM
    Travon Baker scored 17 points and Jordan Threloff added 13 to lead Northern Illinois to a 74-66 victory over Toledo Wednesday night.

  • NIU extends Carey’s deal Feb 21, 2014 4:28 PM
    After watching him guide the Huskies to a 12-0 record in his first full season as head football coach, Northern Illinois University officials have extended Rod Carey’s contract by one year and boosted his salary for 2014.

  • NIU’s Lynch ready to prove doubters wrong Feb 21, 2014 3:06 PM
    It’s not that NIU’s undersized-but-athletic Jordan Lynch refuses to play another position in the NFL. He just thinks he’s better off playing at quarterback, the position where he compiled a 24-4 career record and finished third in last year’s Heisman Trophy voting. Lynch talks about his doubters and his preferences in this report from the NFL Scouting Combine with Bob LeGere.

  • NIU falls to Western Michigan Feb 9, 2014 7:44 PM
    David Brown scored 26 points, hitting 5 of 8 from 3-point range, as Western Michigan held on for a 74-71 win over Northern Illinois on Sunday. Western Michigan (14-8, 7-3 Mid-American) led by as many as 16 in the second half and was up by 12 with less than 6 minutes to play but Northern Illinois went on an 11-1 run to come within 71-69 with 2:04 left. Missed free throws by Western Michigan gave Northern Illinois (10-12, 4-6) chances to tie the game in the waning seconds but the Huskies missed a pair of 3-pointers, including a potential game-tying 3 at the buzzer by Aaric Armstead. Shayne Whittington added 15 points and Connar Tava scored 12 for Western Michigan, which shot 52.8 percent from the field and has now won nine straight over Northern Illinois. Jordan Threloff led the Huskies with 16 points.

  • NIU Huskies load up on defensive recruits Feb 5, 2014 6:03 PM
    After a second consecutive 12-win season, Northern Illinois head football coach Rod Carey came away with 31 recruits for its 2014 class. Drawing from 11 states, NIUís list includes 15 defensive players, 14 offensive players and two specialists. NIU added nine recruits from Illinois, seven from Wisconsin and five from Florida to lead the class.

  • Northern Illinois tops Ball State in OT Feb 1, 2014 5:10 PM
    Aaric Armstead scored 14 points and Jordan Threloff added 13 as Northern Illinois edged Ball State 67-65 in overtime Saturday. Travon Baker made 1 of 2 free throws with 17 seconds left to put Northern Illinois up 67-65, and Chris Bondís shot with 3 seconds remaining missed as the Huskies (9-11, 3-5 Mid-American) held on. Armstead had a steal with 18 seconds left, setting up Bakerís free throw attempts. Baker tied the game at 60 on a 3-pointer with 9 seconds remaining in regulation, and Bondís runner at the buzzer missed. Ball State (4-15, 1-7) led by 15 in the first half and 10 in the second half before the Huskies came back. Northern Illinois took its first lead since the gameís opening minutes at 55-54 with under 4 minutes to go, setting up a tight finish. Bond scored 16 while Jesse Berry had 13 and Zavier Turner added 11.

  • Baker lifts Northern Illinois over Kent St. 50-49 Jan 29, 2014 9:21 PM
    Travon Baker made two free throws with 5.2 seconds left to lift Northern Illinois to a 50-49 victory over Kent State Wednesday night. Devareaux Manley made two free throws with 11.2 seconds remaining to put the Golden Flashes (11-9, 2-5 Mid-American) up by a point. But Baker was then fouled attempting a layup.

  • Buffalo tops NIU 75-67 Jan 25, 2014 5:48 PM
    Javon McCreaís 20 points and big second half Saturday helped Buffalo hold off a surging Northern Illinois for a 75-67 win. McCrea scored 13 points in the second half, including a dunk that broke a 48-48 tie to give Buffalo (10-6, 4-2 Mid-American) a lead they never relinquished. Joshua Freelove scored 13 points and Will Regan added 12 for Buffalo.

  • Toledo handles Northern Illinois 77-68 Jan 22, 2014 9:27 PM
    Justin Drummond scored 24 points with 11 rebounds to lift Toledo over Northern Illinois 77-68 on Wednesday. Toledo (16-2, 4-1 Mid-American) trailed by three at 16-13 after Northern Illinoisí Aksel Bolin drilled a 3-pointer. The Rockets scored the next six points, including a layup and pair of free throws by Drummond, en route to a 34-26 lead at the break.

  • Ohio cruises to 65-46 win over Northern Illinois Jan 18, 2014 9:35 PM
    Nick Kellogg scored 16 points, Maurice Ndour added 10 and Ohio cruised to a 65-46 victory Saturday night over Northern Illinois. Down 25-24 at the break, Ohio opened the second half with a 23-12 run to take a 47-37 lead with 12:18 remaining. Northern Illinois then went nearly nine minutes without scoring, allowing the Bobcats to stretch their lead to 62-40 with 3:47 left.

  • McCrea, Buffalo beat Northern Illinois 67-46 Jan 8, 2014 11:01 PM
    Javon McCrea had 14 points, eight rebounds, eight blocks, and four assists on Wednesday night to lead Buffalo past Northern Illinois 67-46 in the Mid-American Conference opener for both teams.

  • No win for NIU, no milestone for Lynch Dec 27, 2013 5:30 AM
    Brian Suite intercepted Jordan Lynch's pass and recovered a fumble by the Heisman Trophy finalist to help Utah State beat No. 24 Northern Illinois 21-14 on Thursday night in the Poinsettia Bowl. Besides the two turnovers, Lynch was held to just 39 yards rushing, keeping him from becoming keeping him from becoming the first major college player to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in the same season.

  • NIUís Lynch could make history in Poinsettia Bowl Dec 25, 2013 5:02 PM
    Jordan Lynch will make a run at history Thursday night when he suits up for the final time for No. 24 Northern Illinois in the Poinsettia Bowl against Utah State. Lynch already owns the major college record for yards rushing for a quarterback with 1,881. With 119 yards, he can become the first player to rush for 2,000 yards and throw for 2,000. ďIím just really proud of him and wish I had him for about 10 more years, but we donít,Ē NIU coach Rod Carey said.

  • NIUís Highsmith earns MAC West honor Dec 23, 2013 4:50 PM
    DEKALB ó Freshman guard Dontel Highsmith of Northern Illinois University was named Mid-American Conference West Division Player of the Week on Monday.

  • N. Illinois rallies; beats Loyola of Chicago 55-49 Dec 18, 2013 10:04 PM
    Travon Baker scored 14 points as Northern Illinois overcame a 28-14 halftime deficit to beat Loyola of Chicago 55-49 Wednesday night. Darrell Bowie added 13 points and nine rebounds while Dontel Highsmith scored 10. Aaron Armstead chipped in 12 points off the bench.

  • Northern Illinois falls to UMass 80-64 Dec 14, 2013 4:44 PM
    Cady Lalanne scored 16 points to lead No. 22 Massachusetts to an 80-54 victory over Northern Illinois on Saturday. Chaz Williams, coming off career highs of 32 points and 15 assists against Brigham Young on Dec. 7, had 12 points and six assists for the Minutemen (9-0), who are off to the programís best start since the 1995-96 team started 26-0.

  • Winston says he knew he would Ďbe vindicatedí Dec 13, 2013 7:35 PM
    Jameis Winston and four of the other six Heisman finalists ó Northern Illinoisí Jordan Lynch, Texas A&Mís Johnny Manziel, Auburnís Tre Mason and Boston Collegeís Andre Williams ó met with reporters at a Midtown Manhattan hotel for short interviews Friday.

  • Heisman trip fitting tribute to wide-eyed Lynch Dec 10, 2013 9:02 PM
    For NIU and Jordan Lynch, an invite to New York as a Heisman finalist seems a fitting tribute to one of the best players in college football.

  • NIUís Lynch among Heisman finalists Dec 9, 2013 6:08 PM
    Jameis Winston will have plenty of company at the Heisman Trophy ceremony, though heís not expected to have much competition. The Florida State quarterback was among a record-tying six Heisman finalists revealed Monday, along with Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Texas A&Mís Johnny Manziel, Alabamaís AJ McCarron, Auburnís Tre Mason and Boston Collegeís Andre Williams. Six finalists invited to New York for the presentation are the most since 1994. The winner will be announced Saturday night. Winston is the overwhelming favorite to win the award now that a sexual assault complaint against him in Tallahassee, Fla., has been closed without charges being filed. He could also become the second freshman to win the award. Manziel was the first last year. The Aggies quarterback is trying to join another exclusive Heisman club by becoming the second player to win the award twice. Ohio Stateís Archie Griffin won the award in 1974 and `75. Lynch led No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-1) to within a victory of a BCS bid and has set the major college record for yards rushing for a quarterback this season with 1,815. He also tweeted that he was a finalist about five minutes before the official announcement was made on ESPN by former winner Danny Wuerffel. ďNYC here I come!! Thanks to the coaches teammates and media relation couldnít of did it wt out them!Ē the record-setting senior posted. McCarron completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,676 yards and 26 touchdowns for the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide (11-1). Mason has made a late push into the Heisman conversation as No. 2 Auburn reached the BCS title game. He ran for 304 yards and four TDs in the SEC championship game, and is ninth in the country in rushing (124 ypg) with 22 touchdowns Williams is the nationís leading rusher at 175 yards per game, the 16th player in FBS to run for 2,000 yards in a season and the first since 2008. Winstonís arrival as Florida Stateís starting quarterback was being touted as a major event in the spring and he has surpassed the hype. The Alabama native is on pace to break the NCAA record for passer efficiency rating (190.1) and has already set records for yards passing (3,820) and TD passes (38) for a freshman. Winstonís only issues have come off the field. About a month ago, a year-old sexual assault complaint against him made by a female Florida State student was given by police to the state attorneyís office for a full investigation. A woman claimed Winston raped her. Winstonís lawyer said the sex was consensual. Winston continued to play, and play well, during the investigation. Last week, the state attorney announced there would be no charges filed in the case, and two days later Winston threw for three touchdown passes and ran for a score as No. 1 Florida State won the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game 45-7 against Duke and wrapped up a spot in the BCS title game. In the latest straw poll released Monday by, which has correctly predicted the last seven winners, Winston received seven of the 10 first-place votes and 26 points to easily outdistance Lynch (eight points and two first-place votes). Winston is also a finalist for the Maxwell and Walter Camp player of the year awards. All six finalists are expected to attend the ceremony, which would match `94 for the most in Heisman history. That season Colorado tailback Rashaan Salaam won the Heisman, and Penn Stateís Ki-Jana Carter and Kerry Collins, along with Alcorn Stateís Steve McNair, Alabamaís Jay Barker and Miamiís Warren Sapp were finalists. In 1989, eight players were invited to the ceremony, but only four attended. Among the missing was Houstonís Andre Ware, who won the award but was preparing for a game.

  • NIU going to Poinsettia Bowl Dec 8, 2013 9:27 PM
    Star dual-threat quarterback Jordan Lynch and the No. 24. Northern Illinois Huskies will face Mountain West Conference Mountain Division champion Utah State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26 at Qualcomm Stadium. Northern Illinois (12-1) saw its hopes of playing in a BCS game dashed by a 47-27 loss to Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference title game. Lynch ran for 1,881 yards, an NCAA record for quarterbacks, and passed for 2,676. Utah State (8-5) lost 24-17 to No. 21 Fresno State in the inaugural Mountain West title game Saturday night. It will play in its school-record third straight bowl game.

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