NIU wins season opener, defeats UNLV 38-30 - – Rockford’s News Leader

NIU wins season opener, defeats UNLV 38-30


Northern Illinois outscored UNLV 28-13 in the second half of their 2015 season opener en route to a 38-30 victory at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

Drew Hare put together a 21-26 passing effort with 360 yards and two touchdown passes. Joel Bouagnon delivered three rushing touchdowns to go along with 152 yards on 21 carries. Kenny Golladay stole the show at wide receiver, hauling in nine catches for 213 yards receiving.

This was the second straight game that featured a high-scoring affair between the two teams. The Huskies beat the Runnin' Rebels 48-34 last year in Las Vegas. Saturday's season opener saw more than 1,000 yards of combined total offense, with NIU outgaining UNLV 545-493. The Huskies did not have any turnovers in the victory.

For highlights of NIU's Week 1 win, click on the above video.

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