College football notebook: Huskies picking up the tough yards
DeKALB – During practice last week, Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren would put the ball on the 1-yard line. He would tell his players “Fourth-and-1” and challenge his team to pick it up, yelling and screaming at his offense.
Simply put, NIU’s second-year head coach thinks his team is strong enough to convert on those short-yardage situations. It picked up the yards during practice, and did the same during Saturday’s 45-3 win over Buffalo.
Doeren trusted his team on fourth down early, and all four of the Huskies’ first-half fourth down tries were converted rather easily. NIU was 4-for-5 on fourth down on the afternoon.
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