After playing four of its first five games this season on the road, and coming through its September Stretch with a 3-2 record, Northern Illinois football returns to the familiar confines of Huskie Stadium for just the second time this season. The Huskies will play host to MAC East favorite Temple in the first of three straight October home games this Saturday with kickoff set for 11 a.m.
The Owls own a 4-1 record on the season with their only blemish being a 22-13 setback at Penn State on September 25. Saturday’s contest is just the second time that the Huskies and the Owls have faced each other as Mid-American Conference opponents. Given that Temple did not compete as a member of the MAC until 2007, it is not surprising that NIU has played Temple fewer times than any other MAC opponent. Temple owns the only victory between the schools as league opponents as they defeated the Huskies 16-15 in Philadelphia in 2007. Northern Illinois won the first two games in the series with a 20-17 road win in the initial meeting in 1989 and a 43-21 victory in DeKalb in 2006.
Saturday’s game also marks the return of thunderstix to Huskie Stadium for the first time in 2010. Thunderstix will be available to Huskie fans while supplies last. The ticket window on the east side of Huskie Stadium will open at 7:00 am on Saturday with west side ticket windows opening at 7:30 am. Admission to Huskie football games is free to all NIU students with a valid student ID.
NIU students and fans are encouraged to “reverse tailgate” after the football game, and then make the short walk to the NIU Soccer and Track & Field complex to catch the Huskie men’s soccer team take on No.1 ranked Akron at 3:00 pm. Admission to match is free.