Northern Illinois, which held high-flying Utah’s offense in check last month, visits BYU on Saturday

Northern Illinois, which held high-flying Utah’s offense in check last month, visits BYU on Saturday

Provo • Is the comparatively unknown faculty soccer staff that visits LaVell Edwards Stadium on Saturday afternoon for a first-ever matchup with BYU higher than the high-profile staff that limped out of Rice Eccles Stadium Saturday evening?

Comparatively talking, sure.

No less than, the Northern Illinois Huskies gave the Utah Utes a significantly better recreation six weeks in the past than the USC Trojans did Saturday. Utah outlasted NIU 17-6 in DeKalb, In poor health., on Sept. eight, whereas it blasted USC 41-28 in a recreation that wasn’t that shut. The Utes gained simply 354 yards of offense towards the Huskies, then put 541 on the Trojans.

Utah held NIU to 228 yards and USC to 205.

NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT BYUWhen • Saturday, 1:30 p.m.TV • ESPNU

Presumably, Sitake will chat this week along with his good buddy, Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, about what to anticipate from Northern Illinois, which is Four-Zero within the MAC.

The Huskies are 41st within the nation in complete protection, permitting simply 351.Four yards per recreation, and 46th in scoring protection, giving up simply 23.three factors per recreation.

Quarterback Marcus Childers has accomplished 55 p.c of his passes for 949 yards and eight touchdowns, with 5 interceptions. He has additionally rushed 90 occasions for 242 yards.

Childers’ favourite targets are D.J. Brown (36 catches, 327 yards, three TDs) and Jauan Wesley (33 catches, 319 yards, two TDs).Tre Harbison and Marcus Jones each common round 5 yards per carry.

BYU will return the sport on Oct. 24, 2020.

“BYU is an opponent that can convey a nationwide title and an extended custom of success to our schedule,” NIU Director of Athletics Sean T. Frazier mentioned when the sequence was introduced in July of 2014.

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