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Owls vow to give extra effort vs. NIU
Owls vow to give extra effort vs. NIU

October 4, 2007
By John Mullin
Tribune staff reporter

Quote:It is never particularly fun to be playing a team that is angry and motivated. Unfortunately that may be exactly what Northern Illinois will be up against Saturday at Temple.

Army beat the Owls last weekend when the Cadets returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns. At a team meeting this week, Temple second-year coach Al Golden called out his players, whom he said simply were outhustled.

"We have a lot of guys who think they're a lot better than they are and are prima donnas as far as playing special teams," Golden said. "I'm losing patience with some of the guys involved with our special teams."

This takes on added significance for Northern Illinois because Golden made it brutally clear that the route into lineups on defense and offense went through special teams for young players. If those individuals were unwilling to do what needed doing, their Temple careers were in jeopardy, and personnel changes already were in the offing.

Northern Illinois, trying to shake off the crushing effects of two MAC West Division defeats, needs a dominant performance from its special teams, which allowed a 90-yard touchdown return in the loss at Central Michigan. The Huskies managed anemic averages of 15.5 and 16.8 on kickoff returns in their two conference losses.

The "hidden yardage" of special teams becomes crucial because Temple does not yield other yardage very willingly, particularly on the ground. Tailback Garrett Wolfe netted only 45 yards on 17 carries in Northern Illinois' victory in DeKalb last year, the second meeting of the two schools. The first meeting was in 1989.

Northern Illinois scored eight times before Temple graced the scoreboard, four times on Chris Nendick field goals and four times on passes. But this season, the young Temple team that is 4-47 over its last 51 games has improved in each of the last three weeks, a claim Northern Illinois cannot make.

"They are a team of the future," Northern Illinois coach Joe Novak said. "They're good now and they're going to be really good down the road."

The real opponent for the Huskies, however, simply may be themselves. Turnovers continue to dictate outcomes of games and Northern Illinois has not been able to force turnovers to offset the giveaways.

Over the last four games, running back Justin Anderson has had the ball in his hands 33 times per game.

The workload is a matter of concern because Anderson is more power than elusiveness and the Huskies have not been a big-play team yet, meaning Anderson is taking poundings and lots of them.
10-05-2007 02:35 PM
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RE: Owls vow to give extra effort vs. NIU
Don't Owls mostly prey on mice, not dogs?
10-05-2007 08:10 PM
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cyberdawg Wrote:Don't Owls mostly prey on mice, not dogs?
Yes. But maybe they scavage-for dead Huskie meat.
10-05-2007 10:08 PM
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10-06-2007 10:06 PM
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RE: Owls vow to give extra effort vs. NIU
This thread got me thinking... do you think Joe Novak "called out" the team after yesterday's game? Do you think he called the team out after SIU for not being able to close out a win? What about after EMU for showing up lethargic and coasting after getting out to a 13-0 lead? What about after the win over Idaho? A win yes, but they almost let another slip away against a bad team.

Or was it just the "keep your head up fellas we'll get 'em next time" bs?
10-07-2007 09:58 AM
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