Northern Illinois' offense has caused some matchup nightmares for opposing defenses this season. Saturday, it's Ball State's turn to try and stop the Huskie attack.
During Monday's Mid-American Conference coaches teleconference, Cardinals head coach Pete Lembo said there's just so many ways NIU can beat teams, whether it be with the pass or the running game, and said the Huskies just have a lot of weapons at quarterback Jordan Lynch's disposal.
"The depth of this team, and the ability to spread the ball out to so many different guys is really, really impressive," Lembo said. "If you overload on one of them they're going to beat you with somebody else."
Saturday, NIU travels to Muncie, Ind. to face a Ball State team that suffered its first conference loss at Kent State Saturday. The Golden Flashes kicked a late field goal for a 45-43 win over the Cardinals, who are now 1-1 in MAC play.
"Usually by Monday morning I've moved on to my next opponent, but I'm still sick to my stomach about the mistakes we made in the game," Lembo said.
Settle settling in: Northern Illinois running back Leighton Settle had a career-high 152 yards during Saturday's 55-24 victory over Central Michigan. The junior now has 378 yards rushing this season, and Huskies head coach Dave Doeren said Settle still has a lot of upside.
"He has great vision, does a nice job catching the ball out of the backfield," Doeren said. "His upside's tremendous. I think he's going to keep improving."
Toledo keeps MAC success going: With Saturday's 37-17 win over Western Michigan, Toledo is now 16-2 in its last 18 MAC contests. Both of those losses came against NIU.
The Huskies had the thrilling 63-60 win at the Glass Bowl last season, and NIU beat Toledo, 65-30, in DeKalb back in November of 2010.
Tackling disappoints Enos: Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos gave Northern Illinois credit from Saturday's game, saying the Huskies executed well.
Enos also didn't like his team's tackling, and said his defense lost discipline and focus.
"I didn't think we tackled very well on defense," Enos said. "I thought we were out of position at times."
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