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NIU To Play Northwestern

NIU and Northwestern will meet next season at Ryan Field in Evanston.
DEKALB-DeKALB, Ill. – The NIU Huskies and Northwestern Wildcats will meet on the football field for the first time since 2005 when the teams play at Ryan Field on Sept. 6, 2014, officials from both universities announced Tuesday.



The contest between the state’s most successful Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs this century will be the eighth all-time between the teams, with every game played in Evanston.  Northwestern has won six of the seven previous games, while the 1987 game resulted in a 16-16 tie.



NIU Associate Vice-President and Director of Athletics Sean Frazier said the Northwestern game is the first step in his efforts to improve the Huskies’ future football schedules.



“I am extremely excited to add Northwestern, a high-quality opponent, to our 2014 football non-conference schedule,” Frazier said.  “Declining attendance at college football games is a national trend and scheduling has been identified as a prime factor in the decline.  I am continually evaluating our future football schedules, and the addition of this game is just the first announcement regarding concerted efforts to improve our football schedule, connect with our alumni base in the Chicago region, increase exposure for NIU and promote the NIU Huskies as a national brand.”



NIU Head Coach Rod Carey said college football fans throughout the state can look forward to the match-up. 



“[I am] really excited about the game, as I know our fans will be,” Carey said.  “Thanks to [Northwestern Director of Athletics] Jim Phillips, [NU] Coach [Pat] Fitzgerald and Sean Frazier for making this happen.  It’s a great opportunity for fans in Chicago to see two really fine football programs play.”  

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