2016 Northern Illinois Huskies football team

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2016 Northern Illinois Huskies football
Northern Illinois Huskies football wordmark.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West Division
2016 record 5–7 (5–3 MAC)
Head coach Rod Carey (4th full season)
Offensive coordinator Mike Uremovich (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Kevin Kane (1st season)
Home stadium Huskie Stadium
(Capacity: 23,595)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Ohio xy   6 2         8 6  
Miami x   6 2         6 7  
Akron   3 5         5 7  
Bowling Green   3 5         4 8  
Kent State   2 6         3 9  
Buffalo   1 7         2 10  
West Division
No. 15 Western Michigan xy$   8 0         13 1  
Toledo   6 2         9 4  
Northern Illinois   5 3         5 7  
Eastern Michigan   4 4         7 6  
Central Michigan   3 5         6 7  
Ball State   1 7         4 8  
Championship: Western Michigan 29, Ohio 23
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Huskies competed in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They were led by fourth-year head coach Rod Carey. They played their home games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois. They finished the season 5–7, 5–3 in MAC play to finish in third place in the West Division.

Previous season[edit]

The Huskies finished the 2015 season 8–6, 6–2 in MAC play to finish in a four-way tie for the West Division title. They represented the West Division in the MAC Championship Game where they lost to Bowling Green.[1] They were invited to the Poinsettia Bowl where they lost to Boise State.[2]

Preseason[edit]

For the second straight year, the Huskies were picked to finish third in the division in 2016 in the poll released during the 2016 MAC Media Day at Ford Field in Detroit.[3]

Schedule[edit]

The 2016 Northern Illinois Huskies schedule is:[4][5]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 9:30 p.m. at Wyoming* War Memorial StadiumLaramie, WY CBSSN L 34–40 3OT  18,483
September 10 6:30 p.m. at South Florida* Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL CBSSN L 17–48   36,557
September 17 2:30 p.m. San Diego State* Huskie StadiumDeKalb, IL CBSSN L 28–42   14,513
September 24 2:30 p.m. No. 13 (FCS) Western Illinois* Huskie Stadium • DeKalb, IL ESPN3 L 23–28   15,496
October 1 2:30 p.m. at Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN (Bronze Stalk Trophy) ASN W 31–24   7,249
October 8 5:30 p.m. at Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI CBSSN L 30–45   28,042
October 15 2:30 p.m. Central Michigan Huskie Stadium • DeKalb, IL ESPN3 L 28–34 3OT  8,495
October 22 2:30 p.m. Buffalo Huskie Stadium • DeKalb, IL ESPN3 W 44–7   11,801
November 1 7:00 p.m. Bowling Green Huskie Stadium • DeKalb, IL ESPNU W 45–20   4,790
November 9 7:00 p.m. vs. Toledo Guaranteed Rate Field[6]Chicago, IL (Huskie Chi–Town Showdown) ESPN2 L 24–31   10,180
November 16 7:00 p.m. at Eastern Michigan Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI ESPNU W 31–24 OT  15,603
November 25 11:00 a.m. at Kent State Dix StadiumKent, OH CBSSN W 31–21   4,450
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Post Season Awards[edit]

All-MAC[edit]

Team Player Position Year
1st Max Scharping OL SO
Kenny Golladay WR SR
Aregeros Turner Return Spec. SR
2nd Levon Myers OL SR
Joel Bouagnon RB SR
Shawun Lurry DB JR

Source[7]

Game summaries[edit]

Wyoming[edit]

NIU at Wyoming
1 234OT2OT3OTTotal
NIU 7 677070 34
Wyoming 3 10140076 40
  • Date: September 3, 2016
  • Location:
    War Memorial Stadium
    Laramie, WY
  • Game start: 10:20 PM
  • Elapsed time: 4:14
  • Game attendance: 18,483
  • Game weather: Temperature: 57 °F (14 °C) • Wind: SSE 10 mph • Weather: Mostly cloudy
  • Referee: Kevin Hassell
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Dwayne Ballen (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst), Cassie McKinney (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

The Cowboys beat the Huskies in triple overtime, 40–34. NIU quarterback Drew Hare went 24-for-39 for 327 yards, with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Receiver Kenny Golladay gained 144 yards on 10 catches with one touchdown and got 82 yards and another touchdown rushing. However, the Huskies had 12 penalties for 108 yards. The game was scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m. Mountain Time, but began almost two hours late due to lightning. The game ended at 2:35 a.m. MT, which was 3:35 a.m. for NIU fans back in Illinois.[8][9]

South Florida[edit]

NIU at South Florida
1 234Total
NIU 0 7010 17
South Florida 14 13147 48
  • Date: September 10, 2016
  • Location:
    Raymond James Stadium
    Tampa, FL
  • Game start: 7:08 PM ET
  • Elapsed time: 3:35
  • Game attendance: 36,557
  • Game weather: Temperature: 88 °F (31 °C) • Wind: E 5 mph • Weather: Mostly cloudy
  • Referee: Tom Stapleton
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Dwayne Ballen (play-by-play), Corey Chavous (analyst)
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2010 USF, 27–3

San Diego State[edit]

San Diego State at NIU
1 234Total
San Diego State 14 14014 42
NIU 0 7147 28
  • Date: September 17, 2016
  • Location:
    Huskie Stadium
    DeKalb, IL
  • Game start: 2:37 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:40
  • Game attendance: 14,513
  • Game weather: Temperature: 78 °F (26 °C) • Wind: W 15 mph • Weather: Partly sunny
  • Referee: Scott Campbell
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Ben Holden (play-by-play), Jay Feely (analyst)
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 1971 SDSU, 30–10

Western Illinois[edit]

Western Illinois at NIU
1 234Total
Western Illinois 14 0140 28
NIU 0 7016 23
  • Date: September 24, 2016
  • Location:
    Huskie Stadium
    DeKalb, IL
  • Game start: 2:30 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:24
  • Game attendance: 15,496
  • Game weather: Temperature: 74 °F (23 °C) • Wind: E 9 mph • Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: Ron Hudson
  • Television network: ESPN3
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–17–1 2009 NIU, 41–7

Ball State[edit]

NIU at Ball State
Bronze Stalk Trophy
1 234Total
NIU 10 1407 31
Ball State 10 707 24
  • Date: October 1, 2016
  • Location:
    Scheumann Stadium
    Muncie, IN
  • Game start: 3:36 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 7,249
  • Game weather: Temperature: 63 °F (17 °C) • Wind: WSW 8 mph • Weather: Overcast with showers
  • Referee: Timothy O'Dey
  • Television network: ASN/ESPN3
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–20–2 2015 NIU, 59–41

Western Michigan[edit]

NIU at Western Michigan
1 234Total
NIU 0 1767 30
Western Michigan 14 71014 45
  • Date: October 8, 2016
  • Location:
    Waldo Stadium
    Kalamazoo, MI
  • Game start: 6:35 PM EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:41
  • Game attendance: 28,042
  • Game weather: Temperature: 56 °F (13 °C) • Wind: 10 mph • Weather: Clear
  • Referee: Larry Smith
  • TV announcers (CBSSN): Ben Holden (play-by-play), Jay Feely (analyst)
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–23 2015 NIU, 27–19

Central Michigan[edit]

Central Michigan at NIU
1 234OT2OT3OTTotal
Central Michigan 0 1407076 34
NIU 0 777070 28
  • Date: October 15, 2016
  • Location:
    Huskie Stadium
    DeKalb, IL
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 8,495
  • Game weather: Temperature: 69 °F (21 °C) • Wind: S 20 mph • Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: Ron Hudson
  • Television network: ESPN3
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–27–1 2015 CMU, 29–19

Buffalo[edit]

Buffalo at NIU
1 234Total
Buffalo 0 700 7
NIU 10 2077 44
  • Date: October 22, 2016
  • Location:
    Huskie Stadium
    DeKalb, IL
  • Game start: 2:30 PM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 11,801
  • Game weather: Temperature: 58 °F (14 °C) • Wind: S 14 mph • Weather: Mostly cloudy
  • Referee: Greg Sujack
  • Television network: ESPN3
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–1 2015 NIU, 41–30

Bowling Green[edit]

Bowling Green at NIU
1 234Total
Bowling Green 7 670 20
NIU 14 10147 45
  • Date: November 1, 2016
  • Location:
    Huskie Stadium
    DeKalb, IL
  • Game start: 7:00 PM CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:31
  • Game attendance: 4,790
  • Game weather: Temperature: 66 °F (19 °C) • Wind: SSW 5 mph • Weather: Clear
  • Referee: Mark Kluczynski
  • Television network: ESPNU
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–12 2015 BGSU, 34–14

Toledo[edit]

Toledo at NIU
1 234Total
Toledo 0 31414 31
NIU 7 773 24
  • Date: November 9, 2016
  • Location:
    Guaranteed Rate Field
    Chicago, IL
  • Game start: 7:00 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:39
  • Game attendance: 10,180
  • Game weather: Temperature: 51 °F (11 °C) • Wind: W 5 mph • Weather: Clear
  • Referee: Larry Smith
  • Television network: ESPN2
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–29 2015 NIU, 32–27

The Huskies lost to the Rockets 31–24. The loss eliminated Northern Illinois from bowl game eligibility, ending their conference-record streak of eight straight bowl games. NIU had beaten Toledo in their six previous matchups. This was the first football game ever played at Guaranteed Rate Field, the recently-renamed stadium of the Chicago White Sox.[10]

Eastern Michigan[edit]

NIU at Eastern Michigan
1 234OTTotal
NIU 0 01777 31
Eastern Michigan 14 7030 24
  • Date: November 16, 2016
  • Location:
    Rynearson Stadium
    Ypsilanti, MI
  • Game start: 7:02 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:54
  • Game attendance: 15,603
  • Game weather: 46 F Wind: N 5 MPH, Weather: Clear
  • Referee: Ron Hudson
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Kevin Brown (play-by-play), Craig Haubert (analyst)
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–14–2 2015 NIU, 49–21

Kent State[edit]

NIU at Kent State
1 234Total
NIU 7 01014 31
Kent State 0 777 21
 
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–7 2014 NIU, 17–14

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bowling Green blasts Northern Illinois to win MAC title". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  2. ^ "Boise State vs. Northern Illinois - Game Recap - December 23, 2015 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Huskies Third in MAC Preseason Poll - The Official Website of Northern Illinois Athletics". niuhuskies.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  4. ^ "NIU 2016 Football Schedule Set". The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site. February 22, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ "2016 Northern Illinois Huskies Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved March 21, 2016. 
  6. ^ "2016 NIU-Toledo Game to be played at U.S. Cellular Field". FB Schedules. February 17, 2016. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 
  7. ^ "MAC Announces 2016 All-MAC Teams and Postseason Awards". Mid-American Conference. Retrieved 2017-06-21. 
  8. ^ Helfgot, Mike (September 4, 2016). "NIU Comes Up Empty after Lightning Delay, 3 OTs, 3:35 a.m. Finish". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ Severson, Jesse (September 5, 2016). "NIU Football: 'Too Many Mistakes' Doom Huskies in 3OT Loss at Wyoming". Daily Chronicle. DeKalb. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  10. ^ Helfgot, Mike (November 9, 2016). "Northern Illinois Out of Bowl Contention after Loss to Toledo at Sox Park". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 13, 2016.