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NIU

NIU home game moved from Election Day to Halloween

Rob Winner — rwinner@shawmedia.com
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) carries the ball for a 4-yard touchdown run during the second quarter in DeKalb, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. NIU defeated Buffalo, 45-3.
Rob Winner — rwinner@shawmedia.com Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) carries the ball for a 4-yard touchdown run during the second quarter in DeKalb, Ill., Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. NIU defeated Buffalo, 45-3.

The Northern Illinois football team will play Buffalo on October 31 this year instead of its original date of November 3, the Mid-American Conference announced Monday.

Originally scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 3, the league moved the 2018 MAC Championship Game rematch with the Bulls to Saturday in accordance with the NCAA and its Board of Governors recommendation to make Election Day an off day from athletics activity.

The last time the two teams met, the Huskies rallied from a 29-10 fourth quarter deficit to defeat Buffalo, 30-29, at Ford Field, winning the 2018 MAC Championship.

The Halloween game will be the fourth Saturday home game at Huskie Stadium and fifth overall home game of the season.

NIU opens the 2020 campaign Saturday, Sept. 5 when NIU welcomes Rhode Island to Huskie Stadium for the season opener. Other Saturday home games include an Oct. 3 match up with Kent State and Central Michigan on Oct. 10 for NIU’s 114th Homecoming Game. NIU will face BYU in the Huskie Chi-Town Showdown Saturday, Oct. 24 at Seat Geek Stadium in Bridgeview.

The Huskies conclude their home schedule with a midweek MACtion contest with Toledo Tue., Nov. 17.

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