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Mathew Sims honored by Lou Groza Award

September 23, 2013
Mathew Sims

Mathew Sims

Northern Illinois University kicker Mathew Sims was named one of the Lou Groza Award’s “Stars of the Week” following his performance in NIU’s 43-39 win over Eastern Illinois, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission announced today.

A native of Hannibal, Mo., Sims was three-for-three field goal attempts and scored 13 points on the night. With the score tied 20-20 with five seconds left in the half, Sims hit an 18-yard field goal to give the Huskies a 23-20 halftime lead. He hit a 33-yarder in the third quarter to give the Huskies a 33-26 advantage in the third.

With the score tied, 33-33, and 11:24 left to play, Sims hit a game-high 37-yard field goal to put the Huskies up 36-33. He has hit seven-of-eight field goals in 2013, and hit a season-long 51-yard field goal at Idaho in the second game of the season.

Sims earned MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week honors after kicking the game-winning field goal with four seconds left at Iowa to give NIU a 30-27 win over the Hawkeyes.

NIU returns to action Saturday, Sept. 28, when the Huskies travel to Purdue.

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