DeKALB — The NIU football team had its hands full with FCS Maine in the first half Saturday, clinging to a 21-14 lead at the break.
Here are three quick observations from the half:
Key stat: The NIU defense was having issues with the Maine offense, allowing two touchdowns, including a 99-yard scoring drive. The Huskies allowed 180 total yards to the Black Bears.
Key play: In a tie game with Maine holding the ball, NIU stopped the Black Bears on a third and 5. Quarterback Derek Robertson found Shawn Bowman, but Eric Rogers stopped him a yard shy of the first down. NIU took the lead on the next possession, 21-14.
Key to the second half: In a word, defense. The Huskies should not be struggling like this. They stopped the Black Bears on their last two possessions, so if that carries into the second half this game should play out the way many expect with a comfortable NIU win. Allowing and FCS to hang in a game, however, doesn’t end well.
Source: The Daily Chronicle