NIU's Huskie Stadium has become a tough place to play
DeKALB - Northern Illinois defensive ends coach Mike Sabock will never forget his first game at Huskie Stadium.
Sabock, now the dean of the Huskie coaching staff, arrived in town prior to the 1984 season after spending the previous season as a graduate assistant coach at Penn State.
The Huskies were riding high after capturing the Mid-American Conference title and winning the California Bowl III in 1983. The 1984 season opener was against West Texas State. Not exactly a juggernaut, but a big crowd was expected.
Well, the Huskies needed to score 19 points in the fourth quarter, capped by a stunning 67-yard touchdown play from quarterback Darryl Taylor to Carl Aikens in the final minute to pull out a 40-33 victory.
Of course, Sabock can easi