Like I said, Lord Stanley's was already near standing-room only at 4 p.m. and the Footstompers didn't start until 6. Most were watching the Huskie game on the big screen. Lord Stanley's televises all NIU games shown on ESPN3.
Northern was cruising along with a 35-0 lead at half time. Then, they had another score in the third and led 42-0 before Eastern Michigan broke loose for a 21 point run to come within 42-21. I was glad of the lead, but all of a sudden we had no offense and they were running through our defense as if it wasn't there at all. I don't mind telling you that I started to worry just a bit.
Northern finally got moving and scored and the defense came through as well for a 49-21 win. The line on the game was Huskies by 28. Good call.
Guitarist Dave of the Footstompers came through and we told him we were there for yet another homecoming and that we had seen them at Andy's for their first one in 1973. I was surprised when he called Liz by name. She told me afterwards that they were on Facebook together.
The place really started filling up with older alums now and the DeKalb Footstompers opened with the "Huskie Fight Song" (We spell Huskies that way) and everyone pretty-well went nuts and sang at the top of their voices.
It's Another NIU Homecoming Tradition. --RoadDog
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