DeKALB – Whether it was a lack of recognition on defense or an inability to move the ball consistently on offense, Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder was certain of one reason why Northern Illinois was able to cruise to a 51-22 win on Saturday.
“I think we thought we were better than we are,” Carder said. “Not saying that we can’t get to be the best that we can be, but I think we just came into this game a little bit bloated, to be honest.”
It was a sentiment Western Michigan coach Bill Cubit agreed with.
“There is nothing you can say here,” Cubit said. “You can say all you want about the [windy] conditions and everything else. We got our butts whipped. I mean, that’s the bottom line. There is no other thing you can say.”
The loss to the Huskies puts the pressure on the Broncos (2-1) now to keep pace with favorites NIU (2-1) and Toledo (3-0) in the Mid-American Conference West Division race.
“I think that we’re going to grow immensely from this,” Carder said. “I think this is the lowest we can possibly get. It wasn’t a death blow as far as the MAC race. I think our attitude going into this game was the reason why the score was like that and we need to change our attitude. We need to focus on football.”
Honoring history: Before the game, NIU honored the 1963 College Division national championship team with a flag-raising ceremony in the southwest corner of Huskie Stadium.
The ‘63 Huskies were 10-0 with a 21-14 victory over Southwest Missouri State in the Mineral Water Bowl and were voted the country’s No. 1 College Division team by the Associated Press and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Special teams hurt: NIU coach Dave Doeren said safety Tommy Davis had a thumb injury that prevented him from returning kicks on Saturday. Freshman returner Tommylee Lewis also left the game with an unspecified injury.
Almost there: NIU won its 13th straight game at Huskie Stadium, a streak that goes back to Sept. 26, 2009. The Huskies are now one win away from the all-time mark of 14 from 1988-91.