"I was pretty caught up in the moment," Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren said.When you have the people who can do the job, just ask them to do the job.
But sometime before NIU left its locker room Saturday for the second half against Western Michigan – and mixed between a few expletives, Doeren admitted – the Huskies' first-year coach made an adjustment. Confused by the option-read on the first half's final drive, the Broncos' defense split up the middle. Quarterback Chandler Harnish ran 29 yards through open field, setting up a field goal and two-point deficit.
"I told the offense at halftime, 'I want you to run it until they stop it. I don't want to see another play call, just change the formations,' " Doeren said.
The Broncos never even slowed it down. NIU rushed for 494 yards and didn't stop until it got a season-saving, 51-22 victory in front of a homecoming crowd of 20,227 at Huskie Stadium.
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