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2012 Northern Illinois Huskies football team

2012 Northern Illinois Huskies football
MAC Champions
MAC West Division Champions
MAC Championship Game, W 44–37 2OT vs. #18 Kent State
Orange Bowl vs. #13 Florida State, L 10–31
Conference Mid-American Conference
West Division
Ranking
BCS #15
Coaches #24
AP #22
2012 record 12–2 (8–0 MAC)
Head coach Dave Doeren (regular season)
Rod Carey (bowl)
Offensive coordinator Mike Dunbar and Rod Carey (regular season)
Mike Dunbar (bowl)
Defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen and Jay Niemann
Home stadium Huskie Stadium (Capacity: 24,000)
2012 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
Kent State x   8 0         11 3  
Bowling Green   6 2         8 5  
Ohio   4 4         9 4  
Buffalo   3 5         4 8  
Miami   3 5         4 8  
UMass   1 7         1 11  
Akron   0 8         1 11  
West
#22 Northern Illinois x   8 0         12 2  
Toledo   6 2         9 4  
Ball State   6 2         9 4  
Central Michigan   4 4         7 6  
Western Michigan   2 6         4 8  
Eastern Michigan   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Northern Illinois 44, Kent State 37
† – Conference champion and BCS representative as top
000non-AQ school to meet automatic qualification criteria
x – Division champion/co-champions
  • UMass not eligible for conference title or bowl game as part of FBS transition
    Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Northern Illinois Huskies football team represented Northern Illinois University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Huskies competed in the West Division of the Mid-American Conference. They were led by second year head coach Dave Doeren for the regular season and Rod Carey in the 2013 Orange Bowl. They played their home games at Huskie Stadium.

With their win over Kent State in the MAC Championship Game on November 30, NIU moved to 12–1, the most regular-season wins in the program's 113-year history. NIU also moved to No. 15 in the final Bowl Championship Series rankings, while Big East champion Louisville was No. 21. Since the MAC is a non-AQ conference, its conference champion must finish 16th or higher and be ranked ahead of at least one AQ conference champion to qualify for a BCS game. As a result, NIU played in the Orange Bowl against Florida State. It was the first major-bowl appearance in school history, as well as the first-ever major-bowl appearance for a MAC team.

Head coach Doeren did not coach the Huskies in the Orange Bowl after accepting the head coaching job at North Carolina State. Co-offensive coordinator Rod Carey was named his successor, and coached the bowl game.

Contents

  • Schedule 1
  • Rankings 2
  • Roster 3
  • Game notes 4
    • vs Iowa 4.1
    • UT Martin 4.2
    • @ Army 4.3
    • Kansas 4.4
    • Central Michigan 4.5
    • @ Ball State 4.6
    • Buffalo 4.7
    • @ Akron 4.8
    • @ Western Michigan 4.9
    • Massachusetts 4.10
    • Toledo 4.11
    • @ Eastern Michigan 4.12
    • #18 Kent State (MAC Championship Game) 4.13
    • #12 Florida State (Orange Bowl) 4.14
  • References 5

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 2:30 pm vs. Iowa* Soldier FieldChicago, IL ESPNU L 17–18   52,117[1]
September 8 6:00 pm Tennessee–Martin* Huskie StadiumDeKalb, IL ESPN3 W 35–7   16,010[2]
September 15 11:00 am at Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, NY CBSSN W 41–40   30,176[3]
September 22 2:30 pm Kansas* Huskie Stadium • DeKalb, IL ESPN3 W 30–23   18,374[4]
September 29 2:30 pm Central Michigan Huskie Stadium • DeKalb, IL ESPN3 W 55–24   16,292[5]
October 6 1:00 pm at Ball State Scheumann StadiumMuncie, IN (Battle of the Bronze Stalk) ESPN3 W 35–23   11,238[6]
October 13 2:30 pm Buffalodagger Huskie Stadium • DeKalb, IL CSNC W 45–3   14,419[7]
October 20 11:00 am at Akron Summa Field at InfoCision StadiumAkron, OH ESPN+ W 37–7   7,074[8]
October 27 11:00 am at Western Michigan Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, MI ESPN+ W 48–34   12,974[9]
November 3 2:30 pm Massachusetts Huskie Stadium • DeKalb, IL W 63–0   11,114[10]
November 14 8:00 pm Toledo Huskie Stadium • DeKalb, IL ESPN2 W 31–24   17,813[11]
November 23 12:00 pm at Eastern Michigan #24 Rynearson StadiumYpsilanti, MI ESPN3 W 49–7   1,349[12]
November 30 6:00 pm vs. #18 Kent State #19 Ford FieldDetroit, MI (MAC Championship Game) ESPN2 W 44–37 2OT  18,132[13]
January 1 7:30 pm vs. #13 Florida State* #16 Sun Life StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (Orange Bowl) ESPN L 10–31   72,073
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time.

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV RV 24 19 16 22 
Coaches' RV NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV RV RV 23 18 16 24 
Harris Not released NR NR RV RV RV RV 24 19 16 Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR 21 15 Not released


Roster

Game notes

vs Iowa

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawkeyes 3 3 3 9 18
Huskies 0 10 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–7 2007 IOWA, 16–3


UT Martin

1 2 3 4 Total
Skyhawks 0 0 0 7 7
Huskies 7 14 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First meeting


@ Army

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 14 14 0 13 41
Black Knights 7 12 15 6 40
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2011 NIU, 49–26


Kansas

1 2 3 4 Total
Jayhawks 3 7 7 6 23
Huskies 6 7 0 17 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2011 KAN, 45–42


Central Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Chippewas 7 7 10 0 24
Huskies 14 10 10 21 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–25–1 2011 CMU, 48–41


@ Ball State

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 7 7 7 14 35
Cardinals 3 13 7 0 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
17–20–2 2011 NIU, 41–38


Buffalo

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulls 3 0 0 0 3
Huskies 7 21 14 3 45
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–1 2010 NIU, 31–30


@ Akron

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 10 10 10 7 37
Zips 0 7 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–5 2010 NIU, 50–14


@ Western Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 7 10 14 17 48
Broncos 14 7 0 13 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
14–23 2011 NIU, 51–22


Massachusetts

1 2 3 4 Total
Minutemen 0 0 0 0 0
Huskies 14 21 21 7 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
0-0 First meeting


Toledo

1 2 3 4 Total
Rockets 7 7 0 10 24
Huskies 0 7 21 3 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–29 2011 NIU, 63–60


@ Eastern Michigan

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Huskies 14 14 7 14 49
Eagles 7 0 0 0 7
Overall record Last meeting Result
26–14–2 2011 NIU, 18–12


#18 Kent State (MAC Championship Game)

1 2 3 4 OT 2OT Total
#19 Huskies 3 14 10 7 3 7 44
#18 Golden Flashes 10 0 3 21 3 0 37
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–3 2011 NIU, 40–10

#12 Florida State (Orange Bowl)

1 2 3 4 Total
#16 Huskies 3 0 7 0 10
#12 Seminoles 7 7 3 14 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–0 First meeting N/A


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