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UMass vs. Northern Illinois: Winless Minutemen battle powerhouse Huskies

The still winless UMass Minutemen are in search of their first FBS win against the powerhouse Northern University Huskies on Saturday in DeKalb, IL.


The winless UMass Minutemen (0-8, 0-4 MAC) try to notch their first FBS win against the powerhouse Northern Illinois Huskies (8-1, 5-0 MAC) on Saturday afternoon at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, IL.

UMass and Northern Illinois have never met before, and the Minutemen are winless in four tries against MAC opponents as a member of the conference.

The Minutemen had seemingly been making progress for the first six weeks of the season, culminating in a 37-34 loss to Ohio. Ever since, UMass has regressed, being blown out by Western Michigan, Bowling Green and Vanderbilt. In the last three weeks combined, the Minutemen have been outscored 125-21.

Last weekend, the Minutemen were routed by the Commodores, 49-7. UMass' offense totaled 264 yards and Mike Wegzyn had 162 passing yards and one pick on 15-of-27 passing.

Northern Illinois lost its season opener, 18-17, against Iowa, but has been perfect ever since. The Huskies took out Western Michigan, 48-34, last weekend behind a 410-yard, six-touchdown performance from quarterback Jordan Lynch. Lynch threw four passing touchdowns and had 274 yards and rushed for 136 yards and two more scores.

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will not be televised.

For more UMass football coverage, visit our MAC blog, Hustle Belt.