Northern Illinois (2-1) vs. Kansas (1-2)
Dekalb Illinois -- Huskie Stadium (31,000)
Saturday, Sept. 22 -- 2:30 p.m. (CDT)
Television: No SOUP FOR YOU!
Online Streaming: ESPN3
Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network, AT&T Jayhawk All-Access
Live Stat Gametracker: GameTracker
Previous NIU Game: Army (W, 41-40)
Previous Kansas Game: TCU (L, 20-6)
Rankings: NIU: NR /// Kansas: NR
Vegas Line: -9.5, NIU
NIU Head Coach Dave Doeren
In his first season as head coach of the Northern Illinois University football program, Dave Doeren and his Huskies achieved milestones rarely reached over the course of a career, let alone a single season. Doeren's first year at the
helm of a program saw NIU win the school's first Mid-American Conference Championship since 1983, triumph in the GoDaddy.com Bowl and close out the year with nine straight victories en route to tying the school record with 11 wins. Doeren became the winningest first-year head coach in school history.
A 17-year collegiate coaching veteran who helped take teams to eight bowl games and two national championship contests as an assistant coach at Wisconsin (2006-10), Kansas (2002-05), Montana (2000-01), USC (1998-99) and Drake (1995-97), Doeren was named the 21st head football coach in NIU history on Dec. 13, 2010. Doeren came to NIU after completing his fifth season at Wisconsin in 2010 at the Rose Bowl where the Big Ten champion and 11-2 Badgers met TCU.
After spending his first two seasons in Madison as the Badgers' co-defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator, he added defensive coordinator duties in January 2008. During Doeren's time at Wisconsin, the Badgers posted a 49-16 overall record and played in the Champs Sports (twice), Outback and Capital One bowls. At Wisconsin, Doeren's defenses were consistently ranked in the top 25 in the nation; while there he coached current National Football League defenders Jonathan Casillas (Saints), De- Andre Levy (Lions) and J.J. Watt (Texans).
Doeren arrived at UW after four seasons (2002-05) at the University of Kansas. He was the linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for three seasons at KU before being promoted to co-defensive coordinator in 2005. Prior to his time at Kansas, Doeren coached the secondary at NCAA FCS power Montana for two seasons. Montana won the I-AA national championship in 2001 and went 28-3 with two conference titles in his time there.
He started his college coaching career as an assistant at Drake from 1995-97 where he coached linebackers, before becoming defensive coordinator in 1997. A four-year letterwinner at Drake (1990-93), Doeren earned Academic All-America honors as a senior and graduated with a bachelor's degree in pre-medical biology and a master's in educational leadership.
NIU Statistical Leaders
|Jordan Lynch||42||304||7.2||88 (TD)||5|
|Tommylee Lewis||7||133||19.0||69 (TD)||1|
Jimmie Ward 33 tackles, 1 int, 5 pass breakups
Tyrone Clark 31 tackles, 4 TFL's