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  • 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 HeismanPundit.com, 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.

     
  • Thanks NIU for a remarkable run Dec 7, 2013 10:48 PM
    Never did I think I'd see NIU go on a 24-3 run and reach the Orange Bowl, while becoming relevant on the national college football stage. Not in my lifetime. Thanks, NIU, for the memories.

     
  • Bowling Green stuns NIU 47-27 Dec 6, 2013 11:23 PM
    Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed No. 16 Northern Illinois 47-27 on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending the Huskiesí shot at playing in a marquee bowl game. The Northern Illinois (12-1) loss improves the chances of Baylor or Oregon being an at-large team in a BCS bowl game.

     
  • NIUís new husky mascot from Marengo Dec 6, 2013 5:12 PM
    Northern Illinois Universityís new husky mascot is coming from a dog breeder in Marengo. The school said last month that it was retiring Diesel the husky dog after nine years. Heíll be replaced by a 2-year-old husky named Mission.

     
  • Da timing a bit off for Da ceremony Dec 5, 2013 10:01 PM
    Here's a proposition for the Bears: How about finding a way to hold a jersey retirement ceremony in September?

     
  • Carey leads NIU to brink of another BCS bowl Dec 5, 2013 4:40 PM
    Rod Carey has a shot at a conference championship and a chance to crash the BCS party again as he winds up his first full season as Northern Illinoisí head coach. With Heisman Trophy candidate Jordan Lynch at quarterback, the 16th-ranked Huskies will try to remain unbeaten and capture their third straight Mid-American Conference championship when they meet Bowling Green in the title game in Detroit on Friday.

     
  • Another MAC honor for NIU’s Lynch Dec 2, 2013 4:35 PM
    Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch earned a his eighth Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor after leading NIU to a 33-14 victory over Western Michigan, league officials announced Monday.

     
  • Huskie legend Jorgensen dies at 78 Dec 2, 2013 4:34 PM
    DEKALB — A member of the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame, former men’s basketball head coach Tom Jorgensen, who was known for his high-scoring teams, died Friday in Aurora, Colo., at the age of 78.

     
  • Nebraska edges Northern Illinois 63-58 Nov 30, 2013 3:15 PM
    Deverell Biggs had 18 points and hit four free throws in the final 7 seconds as Nebraska held on to defeat Northern Illinois 63-58 Saturday.

     
  • Fresno State loss may have implications for NIU Nov 29, 2013 8:34 PM
    David Fales threw for 543 yards and six touchdowns in an entertaining showdown with Derek Carr and San Jose ended No. 16 Fresno State's run toward a possible BCS bowl with a 62-52 victory Friday. The loss ended Fresno State's chances to beat out Northern Illinois for a spot in a prestigious BCS game. The Huskies are the only undefeated team from a non-automatic qualifying conference.

     
  • Thanksgiving edition reveals so much gratitude in so little space Nov 28, 2013 5:30 AM
    Despite a rough week in Chicago sports, Spellman's Scorecard somehow still finds plenty to be thankful for.

     
  • Diesel, NIUís mascot, retiring after 9 years Nov 26, 2013 12:57 PM
    Northern Illinoisí blue-eyed husky mascot is retiring after spending nine years on the sidelines. The high-fiving canine is a furry fixture at Huskies games along with his owner, Tom Bonnevier. The schoolís athletics director, Sean Frazier, says in a statement that Diesel ďhas become the face of Huskie football.Ē

     
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