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2013 Northern Illinois Huskies football team

The 2013 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Huskies competed in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They were led by first-year head coach Rod Carey. They played their home games at Huskie Stadium. They finished the season 12–2, 8–0 in MAC play to win the West Division Title. They finished the regular season undefeated (12–0). They represented the West Division in the MAC Championship Game where they lost to East Division Champion Bowling Green 27–47. They were invited to the Poinsettia Bowl where they lost to Utah State 14–21.

2013 Northern Illinois Huskies football
Northern Illinois Huskies football wordmark.svg
MAC West Division champion
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionWest Division
2013 record12–2 (8–0 MAC)
Head coachRod Carey (1st full season)
Offensive coordinatorBob Cole (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJay Niemann (2nd season)
Home stadiumHuskie Stadium
(Capacity: 23,595)
Seasons
← 2012
2014 →
2013 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Bowling Green x$   7 1         10 4  
Buffalo   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         7 6  
Akron   4 4         5 7  
Kent State   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Miami   0 8         0 12  
West Division
Northern Illinois x   8 0         12 2  
Ball State   7 1         10 3  
Toledo   5 3         7 5  
Central Michigan   5 3         6 6  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Western Michigan   1 7         1 11  
Championship: Bowling Green 47, Northern Illinois 27
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions

Fresh off their Orange Bowl Appearance in 2012 the Huskies went undefeated until the MAC Championship. This garnered NIU National attention with the anticipation of another BCS Bowl appearance. Star quarterback Jordan Lynch was a top 3 candidate for the Heisman Trophy.[1] The season marked the Huskies' sixth consecutive trip to a bowl game and their second consecutive bowl game loss.

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 312:30 p.m.at Iowa*BTNW 30–2767,402[2]
September 144:00 p.m.at Idaho*W 45–3514,071[3]
September 216:00 p.m.No. 8 (FCS) Eastern Illinois*ESPN3W 43–3923,595[4]
September 2811:00 a.m.at Purdue*ESPN2W 55–2454,258[5]
October 52:30 p.m.at Kent StateTWCSW 38–2418,773[6]
October 124:00 p.m.AkronNo. 23
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN3W 27–2023,595[7]
October 192:00 p.m.at Central MichiganNo. 23ESPN3W 38–1718,796[8]
October 262:30 p.m.Eastern MichiganNo. 23
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
CSNCW 59–2020,185[9]
November 211:00 a.m.at MassachusettsNo. 21ESPN+W 63–1910,061[10]
November 137:00 p.m.Ball StateNo. 20
ESPN2W 48–2718,290[11]
November 207:00 p.m.at ToledoNo. 20ESPN2W 35–1721,974[12]
November 266:00 p.m.Western MichiganNo. 18
  • Huskie Stadium
  • DeKalb, IL
ESPN2W 33–1417,679[13]
December 67:00 p.m.vs. Bowling GreenNo. 16ESPN2L 27–4721,106[14]
December 268:30 p.m.vs. Utah State*No. 24ESPNL 14–2123,408[15]
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

RankingsEdit


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 23 23 21 22 20 20 18 16 24 RV 
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV 23 23 23 22 20 20 21 21 20 18 23 RV 
Harris Not released 22 21 20 20 18 18 17 15 22 Not released 
BCS Not released 18 17 18 15 16 14 14 23 Not released

RosterEdit

2013 Northern Illinois Huskies football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 3 Akeem Daniels Sr
WR 4 Da'Ron Brown   Jr
QB 6 Jordan Lynch   Sr
WR 8 Matt Williams   Fr
QB 9 Matt McIntosh   So
WR 10 Tommylee Lewis Jr
WR 11 Juwan Brescacin   So
QB 12 Drew Hare   Fr
WR 14 Aregeros Turner Fr
WR 15 Terrance Roby Fr
WR 19 Johnny Eagan   Fr
QB 19 Octavio Renteria Fr
RB 20 Keith Harris Jr. So
RB 23 Jordan Huff Fr
RB 25 Giorgio Bowers   Jr
RB 28 Joel Bouagnon Fr
RB 34 James Spencer   Jr
TE 35 Shane Wimann Fr
RB 36 Draco Smith Fr
TE 37 Desroy Maxwell So
RB 38 Alex Morrow   Fr
TE 40 Ryan Stendler Fr
RB 42 Cameron Stingily   Jr
FB 47 Rob Sterling Jr
FB 48 Ricky Connors   Jr
OL 55 Andrew Ness   So
OL 57 Scott Taylor   Fr
C 59 Michael Gegner   Jr
OL 61 Aidan Conlon   So
OL 62 Patrick Husain   Jr
OL 65 Wes Ott   Jr
OL 66 Matt Battaglia   Sr
OL 67 Tyler Pitt   Jr
OL 68 Ron Brown   Fr
OL 70 Josh Ruka   Fr
OL 71 Levon Myers   Fr
OL 72 Ben Maruska Fr
OL 74 Lincoln Howard   Fr
OL 75 Tate Briggs Fr
OL 75 Tyler Loos   Jr
OL 76 Nick Calhoun Fr
OL 77 Jared Volk   Sr
OL 78 Ryan Brown   Jr
OL 79 Matt Krempel   Sr
TE 80 Devonte' Majors   So
WR 81 Clayton Glasper   Fr
WR 82 Chad Beebe Fr
TE 83 Luke Eakes   Jr
TE 84 Kevin Tennenbaum   So
WR 85 Angelo Sebastiano   So
WR 86 Jacob Brinlee So
WR 87 Malik Mitchell Fr
TE 88 Tim Semisch   Jr
WR 89 Blake Holder Fr
TE 95 Jake Heckel Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
S 1 Dechane Durante   Jr
CB 2 Sean Evans   Sr
RB 5 Jhony Faustin Sr
LB 6 Jamaal Bass   Jr
LB 7 Michael Santacaterina   Jr
LB 8 Ladell Fleming   Fr
LB 9 Rasheen Lemon   So
DB 11 Mycial Allen Fr
DB 13 Jackson Abresch Fr
S 15 Jimmie Ward Sr
CB 16 Charles Ivory   Fr
CB 17 Marckie Hayes   Jr
LB 18 Bobby Jones IV Fr
CB 21 Marlon Moore So
S 24 Dominique Ware   Sr
LB 27 Bobby Winkel   Jr
CB 29 Paris Logan   So
CB 31 Anthony Brooks   Fr
S 32 Nate McNeal   Sr
LB 33 Jamaal Payton Fr
LB 40 Sean Folliard Fr
LB 41 Cody Hazelett   Fr
DB 42 Justin Corbett Fr
DB 43 Brandon Mayes Fr
DE 44 Perez Ford So
LB 45 Boomer Mays   So
DE 46 George Rainey   Sr
DE 49 Jason Meehan Jr
DE 50 Austin Smaha Fr
DT 51 Zach Andrerson   Sr
LB 52 Cody Sullivan Fr
DE 53 Matthew Baltimore   Fr
DE 54 Cameron Clinton-Earl   So
DL 56 Brian Canoy Fr
DT 57 Cornelius Henry   Jr
LB 58 Mike Cotton So
DT 69 Corey Thomas   Fr
DL 90 William Lee Fr
DT 91 Anthony Wells   Sr
DT 92 Mario Jones   Fr
DT 93 Ken Bishop Sr
DT 94 Donovan Gordon   Jr
DL 96 Michael Ippolito   Fr
DE 97 Joe Windsor Sr
DT 98 Cal Breedlove Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K/P 12 Josh Brebant Fr
P/K 26 Tyler Wedel Jr
LS 66 Bobby Ramlet   Fr
LS 84 Brian Mayer   Jr
K 99 Matthew Sims Sr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Bob Cole (Widener University)
    Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
  • Jay Niemann (Iowa State)
    Defensive Coordinator, Safeties
  • Kelton Copeland (Emporia State)
    Running Backs
  • Brett Diersen (Huron S.D.)
    Defensive Line, Recruiting Coordinator
  • Kevin Kane (Kansas)
    Linebackers, Special Team Coordinator
  • Tim Polasek (Concordia)
    Tight Ends, Fullbacks
  • Kelvin Sigler (Alabama)
    Cornerbacks
  • Joe Tripodi (Northwestern)
    Offensive Line
  • Thad Ward (Central Florida)
    Wide Receivers
  • Pat McAvoy (Northern Illinois)
    Offensive Graduate Assistant, Offensive Line
  • Olaitan Oguntodu (Kansas)
    Defensive graduate Assistant, Linebackers
  • Matt Lipman (Miami (OH))
    Asst. Athletic Director, Director of Football Operations
  • Brad Ohrt (Appalachian State)
    Director of Sports Performance
  • Zach Opsal (Western Michigan)
    Graduate Assistant, Videos

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

Game summariesEdit

IowaEdit

Northern Illinois at Iowa
1 234Total
Huskies 10 7310 30
Hawkeyes 7 1703 27
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–8 2012 Iowa, 18–17

Jordan Lynch threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns for the Huskies, who scored 10 points in the final 5:05 to record their first win over the Hawkeyes.

Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward intercepted Iowa's Jake Rudock with 1:17 left. He brought it to the Hawkeyes 30-yard line, setting up the game-winning kick from Sims.


IdahoEdit

Northern Illinois at Idaho
1 234Total
Huskies 7 141410 45
Vandals 14 1407 35
  • Date: September 14
  • Location: Kibbie Dome
    Moscow, ID
  • Game attendance: 14,071
  • Game weather: Dome
  • Referee: Charles Lewis
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2009 Idaho 34–31

Jordan Lynch threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more, as the team came away with their second win of the season.


Eastern IllinoisEdit

Eastern Illinois at Northern Illinois
1 234Total
#8 (FCS) Panthers 20 0613 39
Huskies 6 171010 43
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
25–10–1 1998 Eastern Illinois, 24–10

Jordan Lynch accounted for 424 yards of offense in the air and on the ground as Northern Illinois overcame six touchdown passes by Jimmy Garoppolo.


PurdueEdit

Northern Illinois at Purdue
1 234Total
Huskies 10 17217 55
Boilermakers 7 377 24
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2009 Northern Illinois, 28–21

Jordan Lynch threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns, and Northern Illinois scored on a kickoff return and an interception return to rout Purdue 55–24. It's the first time a Mid-American Conference team has beaten two Big Ten foes during the same regular season, and the Huskies made it look easy, tying the MAC record for victory margin over a Big Ten school. Toledo beat Minnesota by 31 in 2001.


Kent StateEdit

Northern Illinois at Kent State
1 234Total
Huskies 7 14710 38
Golden Flashes 7 1070 24
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–7 2012 Northern Illinois, 44–37

Cameron Stingily ran for a career-high 266 yards and two scores as Northern Illinois remained undefeated with a 38–24 win over Kent State.


AkronEdit

Akron at Northern Illinois
1 234Total
Zips 14 006 20
#23 Huskies 17 073 27
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Huskie Stadium
    DeKalb, IL
  • Game attendance: 23,595
  • Television network: ESPN3
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–5 2012 Northern Illinois, 37–7

The Huskies used their defense and kicking game to beat Akron 27–20 on Saturday night after the offense went 1 for 15 on third-down conversions.


Central MichiganEdit

Northern Illinois at Central Michigan
1 234Total
#23 Huskies 7 71014 38
Chippewas 14 003 17
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–25–1 2012 Northern Illinois, 55–24

Lynch had three rushing touchdowns and was 20 for 30 through the air for 155 yards and another score to help Northern Illinois (7–0, 3–0 Mid-American) extend the nation's best conference winning streak to 20 games. Lynch rushed for 316 yards, an FBS record for a quarterback, and the 23rd-ranked Huskies stayed unbeaten with a 38–17 victory at Central Michigan.


Eastern MichiganEdit

Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois
1 234Total
Eagles 3 0107 20
#23 Huskies 21 17147 59
  • Date: October 26
  • Location: Huskie Stadium
    DeKalb, IL
  • Game start: 2:35pm CST
  • Game attendance: 20,185
  • Television network: CSNC
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
27–14–2 2012 Northern Illinois, 49–7

UMassEdit

Northern Illinois at UMass
1 234Total
#21 Huskies 21 21714 63
Minutemen 6 760 19
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2012 Northern Illinois, 63–0

Ball StateEdit

Ball State at Northern Illinois
1 234Total
Cardinals 7 1730 27
#20 Huskies 3 17721 48
  • Date: November 13
  • Location: Huskie Stadium
    DeKalb, IL
  • Game attendance: 18,290
  • Game weather: Temp: 32 • Weather: Overcast
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and Desmond Howard (analyst)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–20–2 2012 Northern Illinois, 35–23

ToledoEdit

Northern Illinois at Toledo
1 234Total
#20 Huskies 7 01414 35
Rockets 3 770 17
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–29 2012 Northern Illinois, 31–24

Western MichiganEdit

Western Michigan at Northern Illinois
1 234Total
Broncos 0 707 14
#18 Huskies 7 13103 33
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: Huskie Stadium
    DeKalb, IL
  • Game attendance: 17,679
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Dave Lamont (play-by-play), Ray Bentley (analyst) and Quint Kessenich (sideline)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–23 2012 Northern Illinois, 48–34

Bowling Green (MAC Championship Game)Edit

MAC Championship Game
Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois
1 234Total
Falcons 17 14016 47
#16 Huskies 7 677 27
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–9 2011 Northern Illinois, 45–14

Utah State (Poinsettia Bowl)Edit

2013 Poinsettia Bowl
Northern Illinois vs. Utah State Aggies
1 234Total
Aggies 3 378 21
#24 Huskies 0 707 14
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1995 Utah State, 42–7

AwardsEdit

Jamaal Bass
  • All-MAC First Team Outside Linebacker
Ken Bishop
  • All-MAC First Team Down Lineman
  • 2x MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week (Weeks 3, 10)
Da'Ron Brown
  • All-MAC Second Team Wide Receiver
Rod Carey
  • MAC Coach of the Year
Dechane Durante
  • All-MAC Third Team Defensive Back
Tommylee Lewis
  • All-MAC First Team Wide Receiver
  • 1x MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week (Week 3)
  • 1x MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 5)
Tyler Loos
  • All-MAC First Team Offensive Lineman
Jordan Lynch
  • Vern Smith Leadership Award
  • MAC Offensive Player of the Year
  • All-MAC First Team Quarterback
  • 7x MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week (Weeks 1, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 13)
Mathew Sims
  • 1x MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week (Week 1)
Cameron Stingily
  • 1x MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week (Week 6)
Jared Volk
  • All-MAC Second Team Offensive Lineman
Jimmie Ward
  • All-MAC First Team Defensive Back
Joe Windsor
  • All-MAC Third Team Down Lineman

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Heisman finalist: Jordan Lynch". ESPN. December 13, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Iowa Hawkeyes Box Score". ESPN. August 31, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2013.
  3. ^ "Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Idaho Vandals Box Score". ESPN. September 14, 2013. Retrieved September 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Eastern Illinois Panthers vs. Northern Illinois Huskies Box Score". ESPN. September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  5. ^ "Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Purdue Boilermakers Box Score". ESPN. September 28, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2013.
  6. ^ "Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Box Score". ESPN. October 5, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  7. ^ "Akron Zips vs. Northern Illinois Huskies Box Score". ESPN. October 12, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  8. ^ "Northern Illinois Huskies vs. Central Michigan Chippewas Box Score". ESPN. October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
  9. ^ "Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Northern Illinois Huskies Box Score". ESPN. October 26, 2013. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  10. ^ "Northern Illinois Huskies vs. UMass Minutemen Box Score". ESPN. November 2, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2013.
  11. ^ "Ball State Cardinals vs. Northern Illinois Huskies Box Scoe". ESPN. November 13, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2013.
  12. ^ "Northern Illinois vs. Toledo Rockets Box Score". ESPN. November 20, 2013. Retrieved November 21, 2013.
  13. ^ "Western Michigan vs. Northern Illinois Box Score". ESPN. November 26, 2013. Retrieved November 27, 2013.
  14. ^ "Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois Box Score". ESPN. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  15. ^ "Utah State vs. Northern Illinois Box Score". ESPN. December 26, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013.