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2015 Northern Illinois Huskies football
MAC West Division co-champion
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2015 record8–6 (6–2 MAC)
Head coachRod Carey (3rd full season)
Offensive coordinatorBob Cole (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJay Niemann (4th season)
Home stadiumHuskie Stadium
(Capacity: 23,595)
Seasons
← 2014
2016 →

Template:2015 Mid-American Conference football standings The 2015 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 2015 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Huskies competed in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They were led by third-year head coach Rod Carey. They played their home games at Huskie Stadium. They finished the 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. They were invited to the Poinsettia Bowl where they lost to Boise State.

The season marked the Huskies' eighth consecutive trip to a bowl game and their fourth consecutive bowl game loss.

ScheduleEdit

The 2015 Northern Illinois Huskies schedule is:[1]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 56:30 p.m.UNLV*CBSSNW 38–3015,455
September 122:30 p.m.Murray State*
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN3W 57–2617,465
September 192:30 p.m.at No. 1 Ohio State*ABC/ESPN2L 13–20104,095
September 2612:00 p.m.at Boston College*ESPN3L 14–1730,193
October 32:00 p.m.at Central MichiganESPN3L 19–2917,380
October 102:30 p.m.Ball State
ESPN3W 59–4113,535
October 171:30 p.m.at Miami (OH)ESPN3W 45–1220,278
October 242:30 p.m.Eastern Michigandagger
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN3W 49–2117,245
November 37:00 p.m.at No. 20 ToledoESPN2W 32–2723,089
November 117:00 p.m.at BuffaloESPNUW 41–3014,260
November 187:00 p.m.Western Michigan
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN2W 27–1910,194
November 246:30 p.m.Ohio
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPNUL 21–269,755
December 47:00 p.m.vs. Bowling GreenESPN2L 14–3416,425
December 233:30 p.m.vs. Boise State*ESPNL 7–5521,501
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summariesEdit

UNLVEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rebels 7 10 3 10 30
Huskies 3 7 14 14 38




Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2014 NIU, 48–34

The Huskies trailed by seven points at halftime, but scored four touchdowns in the second half to beat the Rebels 38–30. Northern Illinois quarterback Drew Hare was 21-for-26 for 360 yards and two touchdowns, and wide receiver Kenny Golladay caught nine passes for 213 yards in his first game for NIU.[2]

Murray StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Racers 7 3 6 10 26
Huskies 6 14 20 17 57




Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 1990 NIU, 49–7

After getting off to another slow start, the Huskies overpowered the Racers 57–26. Drew Hare threw a career-high four touchdown passes. Kenny Golladay had eight catches for 144 yards and was one of ten Northern Illinois receivers who caught passes.[3]

at Ohio StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 7 3 0 3 13
Buckeyes 3 7 10 0 20




Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2006 OSU, 35–12

The Buckeyes, ranked No. 1 in the nation, beat the Huskies 20–13 in a close-fought game. Northern Illinois had won their three previous games against Big Ten opponents.[4]

at Boston CollegeEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 7 0 7 14
Eagles 0 7 7 3 17




Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1971 BC, 20–10

In another close game, the Eagles, with the nation's top-ranked defense, beat the Huskies 17–14. In his first start as the Boston College quarterback, Troy Flutie, the nephew of Doug Flutie, completed five of 11 passes for 92 yards with one touchdown and one interception.[5]

at Central MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 10 0 3 6 19
Chippewas 3 0 23 3 29




Overall record Last meeting Result
23–26–1 2014 CMU, 34–17

In their first conference game of the season, the Huskies led 10–3 at halftime, but committed four turnovers in the second half, allowing 19 unanswered points by the Chippewas. This marked NIU's first three-game losing streak since 2009.[6]

Ball StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 3 17 7 14 41
Huskies 0 28 10 21 59




Overall record Last meeting Result
20–20–2 2014 NIU, 35–21

After falling behind 10–0, the Huskies scored on nine of their next ten possessions. NIU quarterback Drew Hare was 29-for-32 in passing for a 90.2% completion rate, a new school record. Cardinals quarterback Riley Neal threw for 393 yards and four touchdowns, but the Huskies prevailed, 59–41,[7] winning the Bronze Stalk Trophy for the seventh year in a row.

at Miami (OH)Edit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 21 0 10 14 45
RedHawks 0 3 2 7 12




Overall record Last meeting Result
8–8 2014 NIU, 51–41

The Huskies scored three unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter, and went on to beat the RedHawks 45–12 for their first road victory of the season. NIU receiver Kenny Golladay had six catches for 73 yards, and Joel Bouagnon ran for 134 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Cornerback Shawun Lurry had his seventh interception of the season, the most in the nation.[8]

Eastern MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 14 7 21
Huskies 14 21 7 7 49




Overall record Last meeting Result
29–14–2 2014 NIU, 28–17

The Huskies led the Eagles 35–0 at halftime, and went on to win their Homecoming game 49–21. Drew Hare threw four touchdown passes, and Joel Bouagnon and Jordan Huff each gained more than 100 yards rushing.[9]

at ToledoEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 10 6 3 13 32
#20 Rockets 17 0 7 3 27




Overall record Last meeting Result
13–29 2014 NIU, 27–24

The Rockets, ranked #20 in the AP poll, led for most of the game, but the Huskies pulled ahead with two minutes remaining and won 32–27. After Drew Hare sustained a leg injury midway through the second quarter, Ryan Graham took over as NIU quarterback, completing 9 of 12 passes for 132 yards and running for 41 yards.[10]

at BuffaloEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 14 14 3 10 41
Bulls 3 0 20 7 30




Overall record Last meeting Result
8–1 2012 NIU, 45–3

After leading 28–3 at halftime, the Huskies hung on to beat the Bulls 41–30 for their fifth straight win. In his first start at the Huskies quarterback, redshirt freshman Ryan Graham was 15-of-24 passing for 190 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, and also ran for 78 yards. Joel Bouagnon ran for a career-high 156 yards and had two touchdowns.[11]

Western MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 3 7 9 0 19
Huskies 7 7 0 13 27




Overall record Last meeting Result
17–23 2014 NIU, 31–21

NIU had fallen behind after three quarters, but then running back Joel Bouagnon and wide receiver Kenny Golladay each scored a touchdown, and the Huskies beat the Broncos 27–19. Jordan Huff ran for 159 yards on eight carries, including an 87-yard touchdown.[12]

OhioEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 7 13 0 6 26
Huskies 7 0 7 7 21




Overall record Last meeting Result
11–9 2014 NIU, 21–14

The Bobcats beat the Huskies, 26–21. After Ryan Graham was injured, freshman Tommy Fiedler took over as NIU quarterback, completing 9 of 17 throws for 113 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. The loss snapped the Huskies' 22-game winning streak of games played in November, and their 17-game winning streak of games against MAC East opponents.[13]

The loss left NIU's title hopes in limbo, but when Toledo lost to Western Michigan three days later, the Huskies qualified for their sixth consecutive MAC Championship Game, and third straight against Bowling Green.[14]

Bowling Green–MAC Championship GameEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 14 7 6 34
Huskies 0 0 14 0 14




Overall record Last meeting Result
8–11 2014 NIU, 51–17

In the Mid-American Conference Championship Game, the Falcons beat the Huskies 34–14. It was the teams' third consecutive meeting in the MAC title game. Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson completed 25 of 37 passes for 235 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions, finishing the season with 4,700 yards passing, a new MAC record. Falcons running back Travis Greene rushed for 183 yards on 29 carries. It was the first career start for NIU freshman quarterback Tommy Fiedler, who threw 12 of 28 for 152 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions.[15]

Boise State–Poinsettia BowlEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 21 10 10 14 55
Huskies 0 7 0 0 7




Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

According to the Chicago Tribune, "Two of the winningest programs in recent years will meet for the first time when Northern Illinois takes on Boise State in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 23 in San Diego.... Northern Illinois has won 65 games in the last six seasons. Only Alabama, Oregon, Florida State and Ohio State have won more. Boise State has 63 victories in that span."[16] This was the eighth year in a row that the Huskies played in a bowl game.[17]

Boise State beat Northern Illinois 55–7. The Broncos totaled 654 yards of offense, compared to 33 yards for the Huskies, whose touchdown came on a kickoff return. The Boise State win meant that this was the team's 14th straight senior class to win 40 or more games.[18]

ReferencesEdit

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  2. McCarthy, Jack (September 5, 2015). "Northern Illinois Pushed to Limit but Prevails 38-30". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-niu-unlv-football-spt-0906-20150905-story.html. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
  3. McCarthy, Jack (September 12, 2015). "Drew Hare Tosses 4 Touchdown Passes as NIU Blows Out Murray State". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-northern-illinois-murray-state-football-spt-0913-20150912-story.html. Retrieved September 27, 2015.
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  6. Severson, Jesse (October 3, 2015). "Second Half Turnovers Costly for Huskies in Loss at Central Michigan". Daily Chronicle (DeKalb). http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2015/10/03/second-half-turnovers-costly-for-huskies-in-loss-at-central-michigan/a2m0kpl/. Retrieved October 4, 2015.
  7. McCarthy, Jack (October 11, 2015). "Drew Hare Breaks NIU Passing Record in 59-41 Victory over Ball State". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-northern-illinois-ball-state-football-spt-1011-20151010-story.html. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
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  10. "Northern Illinois Rallies for 32-27 Win over No. 20 Toledo". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. November 3, 2015. https://www.si.com/college-football/game/2015/11/03/huskies-rockets-tuesday-november-3rd-2015. Retrieved November 4, 2015.
  11. "Freshman Graham leads Northern Illinois past Buffalo, 41-30". CBS Sports. Associated Press. November 11, 2015. http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/gametracker/recap/NCAAF_20151111_NILL@BUFF/freshman-graham-leads-northern-illinois-past-buffalo-41-30. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  12. McCarthy, Jack (November 18, 2015). "Northern Illinois 1 Win from 6th Straight MAC Title Game after 27-19 Win". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-niu-western-michigan-spt-1119-20151118-story.html. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  13. McCarthy, Jack (November 24, 2015). "Northern Illinois Fails to Wrap Up MAC West with 26-21 Loss to Ohio". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-niu-ohio-mac-football-spt-1125-20151124-story.html. Retrieved November 25, 2015.
  14. McCarthy, Jack (December 3, 2015). "Playing in MAC Championship Game Is Routine for Northern Illinois". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-northern-illinois-mac-championship-spt-1204-20151203-story.html. Retrieved December 4, 2015.
  15. Hawkins, James (December 5, 2015). "Bowling Green Bolts to Four-Touchdown Lead to Top NIU 34-14 for MAC Title". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-northern-illinois-bowling-green-mac-championship-spt-1205-20151204-story.html. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
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