After meeting Lou Wicks at the game, I got to thinking about that special team.
That 1983 Huskie team was one of our best ever. It kind of put Northern Illinois on the football radar with one of our first victories over a "Big Guy" school, Kansas.
Actually, looking at the games from 1983 remind me a lot of this year's 7-2 team.
Like this year's 4 of the first 5 games on the road, Northern opened with four straight road games, one of which was a loss to a Big Ten team, Wisconsin. Then we had three home games like this year.
The final record, with the win at the California Bowl was 10-2. It was also our last year in the Mid American Conference as we pursued bigger conferences.
@ Kansas W 37-34
@ Wisconsin L 9-37
@ Kent State W 38-7
@ Ball State W 27-14
Western Michigan W 27-3
Eastern Michigan W 34-15
Bowling Green W 27-23
@ Miami W 17-0
@ Central Michigan L 14-30
Toledo W 26-10
Ohio W 41-17
CALIFORNIA BOWL vs. Cal State Fullerton W 20-13.
I still have a California Bowl Mug and pennant.
That Was Some Fun Year. Now, We Have That Team from Ohio Whose Name Can't be Mentioned. --RoadDog