Jul 02

What is a “RED RIOT”?

“Red Riot” is the student organization of athletic supporters from Northern Illinois University who come together in force (like a “riot”, albeit in a fun way!), to support NIU and the NIU athletes.  The group are known for “over the top” ways of showing their support from painted faces, crazy-wild costumes, and just about anything else fun that will demonstrate school spirit. Red Riot will always be there to demonstrate NIU student support for all our athletes in a variety of sports.

May 19

NIU loses MAC title, BCS shot

network.yardbarker.com – Jordan Lynch and No. 16 Northern Illinois failed to take advantage of opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters and earn a BCS bowl game bid. Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed the Huskies 47-27 on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending their shot at playing in a marquee bowl game. ”We came out kind of flat,” Lynch acknowledged. The Northern Illinois (12-1) loss improves the chances of Baylor or Oregon being an at-large team in a BCS bowl game. ”This game doesn’t define us — we’re not going to let it,” Huskies coach Rod Carey said. ”We’ve got another game, we don’t know where yet. We still have a lot to play for.” Instead of going back to a BCS game and helping the MAC get a big check to split among its schools, Northern Illinois might end up coming back to Detroit in a few weeks for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl….

May 19

Northern Illinois loses 47-27 to Bowling Green

network.yardbarker.com – Jordan Lynch and No. 16 Northern Illinois failed to take advantage of opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters and earn a BCS bowl game bid. Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed the Huskies 47-27 on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending their shot at playing in a marquee bowl game. ”We came out kind of flat,” Lynch acknowledged. The Northern Illinois (12-1) loss improves the chances of Baylor or Oregon being an at-large team in a BCS bowl game. ”This game doesn’t define us – we’re not going to let it,” Huskies coach Rod Carey said. ”We’ve got another game, we don’t know where yet. We still have a lot to play for.” Instead of going back to a BCS game and helping the MAC get a big check to split among its schools, Northern Illinois might end up coming back to Detroit in a few weeks for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. ”We never talked about the BCS,” Lynch insisted. Lynch ran f…

May 19

Falcons bust Northern Illinois BCS dream

network.yardbarker.com – DETROIT — Northern Illinois and Jordan Lynch were ready for their coronation ceremony Friday night. No one told Matt Johnson and Bowling Green. Johnson threw for 393 yards and a title game-record five touchdowns as the Falcons won the Mid-American Conference championship game 47-27, ruining Northern Illinois’ bid for a second straight BCS berth. “We got a lot of motivation from listening to the media all week,” the sophomore said. “All we heard about was how they were going to bust the BCS again, and we wanted to remind everyone that they still had to beat us if they wanted to do it.” Johnson was also fired up by his individual matchup with Lynch, the Huskies’ record-setting quarterback. “There’s been all kinds of talk about Jordan Lynch, and how he’s in contention for the Heisman Trophy and everything else,” he said. “He deserves all of that, but, yeah, I started taking it a little personally after a while. We didn’t want people to forget we were here.” Lynch had a decent ga…

May 19

Bowling Green Falcons vs. Northern Illinois Huskies: Betting Odds, Point Spread, Over/Under and tv info

network.yardbarker.com – On Friday the Bowling Green Falcons and Northern Illinois Huskies will match-up with the MAC title on the line.
Bowling Green (9-3, 7-1 MAC) will be trying to stop No. 14 Northern Illinois (12-0, 8-0 MAC) from busting the BCS for a second straight season.
Coverage of the game between Bowling Green and Northern Illinois will air on ESPN2 beginning at 8:00 pm ET from Ford Field in Detroit, MI.
The Odds: The Northern Illinois Huskies are a 4.5 point favorite against the Bowling Green Falcons. The over/under for this contest is 58.5 total points.
Will Northern Illinois bust its way into another BCS?

May 19

Northern Illinois tries to focus on only MAC title

network.yardbarker.com – No. 16 Northern Illinois is trying to focus only on the Mid-American Conference championship game. That might not be easy. If the Huskies beat Bowling Green on Friday night in Detroit, they will likely earn a second straight BCS bowl bid. Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey said the Falcons are probably better in all three phases of the game than any opponent his team has faced this season. Bowling Green will need to be really good on offense, defense and special teams to do enough to beat Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch. The Heisman Trophy candidate has accounted for 4,212 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. Lynch is 25-2 as a Northern Illinois starting quarterback and hasn’t lost a MAC game. Here are five things to watch when the Huskies (12-0, 8-0 MAC) face the Falcons (9-3, 7-1) at Ford Field: HIGH STAKES: Northern Illinois’ most difficult task might be to avoid looking ahead to a probable invitation to play in the Fiesta Bowl, one of three BCS bowls expected to se…

May 17

NIU roundup: Track finishes fourth at MAC behind five champs

The Northern Illinois University women’s track and field team completed the 2015 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track with several program bests, posting its top finish, point total and number of champions in school history at the conference championships with a sensational Saturday performance.

May 15

MAC football attendance dropped more than 1,300 fans per game in 2014

When the NCAA posted its 2014 college football attendance numbers, two of the teams with the biggest dropoffs from 2013 came from the Mid-American Conference.

May 15

NIU roundup: Baseball keeps playoff hopes alive with win over Ball State

With any hope of making the conference baseball tournament hanging in the balance, Northern Illinois senior Ben Neumann delivered a gem on Thursday.

May 14

Huskies come into final series likely needing a sweep

DeKALB – With the Northern Illinois baseball team currently on the outside looking in for the Mid-American Conference tournament, the final series of the regular season is gut-check time for the Huskies.

May 14

With medical issues behind him, Dirk Ormsby now NIU baseball’s most consistent starter

DeKALB – Dirk Ormsby couldn’t breathe.

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