The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 13, 2013

Top offenses will clash when Ball State visits NIU tonight

By Jack McCarthy Associated Press
The Clinton Herald

---- — DE KALB, Ill. — Two of the nation’s most productive offenses clash as No. 20 Northern Illinois seeks to extend the nation’s longest current home winning streak in college football tonight.

The Huskies (9-0, 5-0 Mid-American West) go for their 25th straight home win against Ball State (9-1, 6-0) at 7 p.m. at Huskie Stadium.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us,” Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey said. “They’re the best team I’ve seen on film right now going into a game and how they execute their game plan overall. . They have a taste for winnin, and confidence is an amazing thing.”

The winner takes over the MAC West lead and will be the front-runner for a berth in the Dec. 6 conference championship game. The Cardinals have won seven straight since a 34-27 loss at North Texas on Sept. 14.

Quarterback Keith Wenning ranks fourth nationally with 3,164 yards passing, and Willie Snead is third in receiving with 74 catches for 1,175 yards. His 12 touchdown receptions are tied for third in the country.