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2016 Northern Illinois Huskies football
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2016 record5–7 (5–3 MAC)
Head coachRod Carey (4th full season)
Offensive coordinatorMike Uremovich (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorKevin Kane (1st season)
Home stadiumHuskie Stadium
(Capacity: 23,595)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →

Template:2016 Mid-American Conference football standings 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]

PreseasonEdit

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]

ScheduleEdit

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

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 39:30 p.m.at Wyoming*CBSSNL 34–40 3OT18,483
September 106:30 p.m.at South Florida*CBSSNL 17–4836,557
September 172:30 p.m.San Diego State*CBSSNL 28–4214,513
September 242:30 p.m.No. 13 (FCS) Western Illinois*
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN3L 23–2815,496
October 12:30 p.m.at Ball StateASNW 31–247,249
October 85:30 p.m.at Western MichiganCBSSNL 30–4528,042
October 152:30 p.m.Central Michigan
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN3L 28–34 3OT8,495
October 222:30 p.m.Buffalo
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN3W 44–711,801
November 17:00 p.m.Bowling Green
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPNUW 45–204,790
November 97:00 p.m.vs. Toledo
ESPN2L 24–3110,180
November 167:00 p.m.at Eastern MichiganESPNUW 31–24 OT15,603
November 2511:00 a.m.at Kent StateCBSSNW 31–214,450

Post Season AwardsEdit

All-MACEdit

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 summariesEdit

WyomingEdit

NIU at Wyoming
by Quarter1234

<th width="20">OT</th>

Total
NIU 7 6 7 7

<td>0</td>

27
Wyoming 3 10 14 0

<td>0</td>

27
  • 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
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 FloridaEdit

NIU at South Florida
by Quarter1234 Total
NIU 0 7 0 10 17
South Florida 14 13 14 7 48
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2010 USF, 27–3

San Diego StateEdit

San Diego State at NIU
by Quarter1234 Total
San Diego State 14 14 0 14 42
NIU 0 7 14 7 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
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–4 1971 SDSU, 30–10

Western IllinoisEdit

Western Illinois at NIU
by Quarter1234 Total
Western Illinois 14 0 14 0 28
NIU 0 7 0 16 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
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–17–1 2009 NIU, 41–7

Ball StateEdit

NIU at Ball State
Bronze Stalk Trophy
by Quarter1234 Total
NIU 10 14 0 7 31
Ball State 10 7 0 7 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
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–20–2 2015 NIU, 59–41

Western MichiganEdit

NIU at Western Michigan
by Quarter1234 Total
NIU 0 17 6 7 30
Western Michigan 14 7 10 14 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
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–23 2015 NIU, 27–19

Central MichiganEdit

Central Michigan at NIU
by Quarter1234

<th width="20">OT</th>

Total
Central Michigan 0 14 0 7

<td>0</td>

21
NIU 0 7 7 7

<td>0</td>

21
  • 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
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–27–1 2015 CMU, 29–19

BuffaloEdit

Buffalo at NIU
by Quarter1234 Total
Buffalo 0 7 0 0 7
NIU 10 20 7 7 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
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–1 2015 NIU, 41–30

Bowling GreenEdit

Bowling Green at NIU
by Quarter1234 Total
Bowling Green 7 6 7 0 20
NIU 14 10 14 7 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
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–12 2015 BGSU, 34–14

ToledoEdit

Toledo at NIU
by Quarter1234 Total
Toledo 0 3 14 14 31
NIU 7 7 7 3 24
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 MichiganEdit

NIU at Eastern Michigan
by Quarter1234

<th width="20">OT</th>

Total
NIU 0 0 17 7

<td>7</td>

31
Eastern Michigan 14 7 0 3

<td>0</td>

24
Overall record Last meeting Result
30–14–2 2015 NIU, 49–21

Kent StateEdit

NIU at Kent State
by Quarter1234 Total
NIU 7 0 10 14 31
Kent State 0 7 7 7 21
 
Overall record Last meeting Result
19–7 2014 NIU, 17–14

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Bowling Green blasts Northern Illinois to win MAC title" (in en). USA TODAY. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/mac/2015/12/04/bowling-green-northern-illinois-mid-american-championship/76817526/.
  2. "Boise State vs. Northern Illinois - Game Recap - December 23, 2015 - ESPN". http://www.espn.com/college-football/recap?gameId=400852710.
  3. "Huskies Third in MAC Preseason Poll - The Official Website of Northern Illinois Athletics". http://niuhuskies.com/news/2016/7/28/football-huskies-third-in-mac-preseason-poll.aspx.
  4. "NIU 2016 Football Schedule Set". The Northern Illinois Official Athletic Site. February 22, 2016. http://www.niuhuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/022216aab.html. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  5. "2016 Northern Illinois Huskies Football Schedule". FB Schedules. http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-16/2016-northern-illinois-huskies-football-schedule.php. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
  6. "2016 NIU-Toledo Game to be played at U.S. Cellular Field". FB Schedules. February 17, 2016. http://www.fbschedules.com/2016/02/2016-niu-toledo-game-played-us-cellular-field/. Retrieved March 20, 2016.
  7. "MAC Announces 2016 All-MAC Teams and Postseason Awards" (in en). http://mac-sports.com/news/2016/11/29/FB_1129165540.aspx.
  8. Helfgot, Mike (September 4, 2016). "NIU Comes Up Empty after Lightning Delay, 3 OTs, 3:35 a.m. Finish". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-college-football-niu-wyoming-spt-20160904-story.html.
  9. Severson, Jesse (September 5, 2016). "NIU Football: 'Too Many Mistakes' Doom Huskies in 3OT Loss at Wyoming". Daily Chronicle (DeKalb). http://www.daily-chronicle.com/2016/09/04/niu-football-too-many-mistakes-doom-huskies-in-3ot-loss-at-wyoming/all5t57/.
  10. Helfgot, Mike (November 9, 2016). "Northern Illinois Out of Bowl Contention after Loss to Toledo at Sox Park". Chicago Tribune. http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/ct-northern-illinois-toledo-sox-park-spt-1110-20161109-story.html.
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