Northern Illinois rushed for 422 yards and totaled 584 yards in the Huskies’ 65-30 win over Toledo on Tuesday night. Both teams entered the game 5-0 in the MAC.
NIU head coach Jerry Kill said, "I didn't have to do a lot of motivating for this game. With the websites, media, and all the things that go along with it, these kids all knew how important it was to win this game. I was worried about us being too "up" for the game, that we'd come out and not execute, but that wasn't the case. I told them to be excited about playing, but keep your head."
"We had some big plays, we've got some speed, and the kids performed well. They were in some one on one coverage and we were able to capitalize. Games are won by players, not coaches. We've got some pretty good players, and they're playing well."
"I think our kids are believing in each other. When you get a little confidence, things seem to fall into place. I think the kids are playing with confidence right now. We've got two more weeks. You can't listen to all the things people say, you have to keep getting better. We still can get better. That's the good thing, we can get a lot better."
Northern Illinois has won 7 straight games and is now 8-2 on the season. NIU finished at Ball State and at Eastern Michigan.