DeKALB – For the second year in a row, NIU is looking to come out of an historic Big 10 Stadium with a win.
Last year it was Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska, where the Huskies beat Nebraska 21-17. This year, they open with a trip to Iowa City to face Iowa at Kinnick Stadium at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Coach Rod Carey said the win against the Cornhuskers last year acts as a kind of reference point for what to expect this year. But for starting quarterback Marcus Childers, it's still going to be different this time.
Childers didn't start at Lincoln last year, didn't throw a pass and ran the ball twice. But Carey said Childers has the emotional stability to succeed to Saturday.
"He plays with great emotion and passion, but he's not one that's going to get rattled or too excited," Carey said. "When you got 90,000 people yelling at you on third down, flat lining is pretty good."