DeKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois' defense allowed just 70 yards and recorded seven sacks as the Huskies defeated Kent State 40-10 on Saturday.
Chandler Harnish was 12 of 15 passing for 113 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 65 yards and a TD on 11 carries for the Huskies (3-3, 1-1 MAC).
Kent State (1-5, 0-2) had three turnovers, including an interception that NIU's Nabal Jefferson returned 25 yards for a touchdown.
Huskies kicker Mathew Sims made all four of his field goal attempts, connecting from 25, 31, 44 and 34 yards.
The defense at Vanderbilt made strides in 2015 under Derek Mason and added some nice pieces on signing day, but the offense needed more help.
Wisconsin loaded up on defensive backs in this year's recruiting class, but they still look a little thin at wide receiver.
Here are five storylines to keep in mind as USC turns the page and dives into the next recruiting cycle.
As the smallest school Power 5 school, Wake Forest far exceeded expectations by hauling in 20 three-star prospects for a class ranked 50th overall.
Fans have been salivating for more meetings between the Pac-12 and SEC, so even a matchup without each league's top teams is enticing.
The Mountaineers had lost four straight ahead of the game against Texas Tech. They won that one, plus four of the last five to end the season strong.