NIU wins season opener over ISU in Thomas Hammock’s debut as head coach

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((SAMANTHA)) TODAY ALSO MARKS THE OFFICIAL RETURN OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL. NORTHERN ILLINOIS HAD THEIR SEASON OPENER AT HOME, WHERE THEY HOSTED ILLINOIS STATE AND ROCKFORD LUTHERAN ALUM JAMES ROBINSON. 1. TIED AT THREE IN THE THIRD… BUT HUSKIES QUARTERBACK ROSS BOWERS FINDS HIS GROOVE AND CONNECTS WITH TYRICE RITCHIE WITH A 22-YARD PASS. NIU HAD A 10-3 LEAD. FIRST YEAR HEAD COACH THOMAS HAMMOCK LIKES THAT. 2. RITCHIE AND BOWERS FOUND SOME MUCH-NEEDED CHEMISTRY TONIGHT. BOWERS WITH A 68- YARD PASS TO RITCHIE. HE GOES ALL THE WAY FOR ANOTHER HUSKIES TOUCHDOWN. 3. LATER, NIU’S DEFENSE IS HUNGRY TOO AND THEY TAKE DOWN REDBIRDS QUARTERBACK BRADY DAVIS FOR THE SACK. NIU SEALED THE DEAL WITH A PICK SIX. THE HUSKIES GO ON TO TAKE THEIR FIRST “W” OF THE SEASON… 24-10. HAMMOCK GETS HIS FIRST WIN AS NIU’S HEAD COACH AND A BIG HUG FROM ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SEAN FRAZIER. ((THOMAS HAMMOCK, NORTHERN ILLINOIS’ HEAD COACH)) ((JAMES ROBINSON, ILLINOIS STATE RUNNING BACK)) THE FIGHTING ILLINI HELD THEIR SEASON OPENER AT MEMORIAL STADIUM. THEY GOT OFF TO A QUICK START HERE. 1. THE FIRST DRIVE OF THE SEASON FOR THE

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