Northern Illinois Huskies Need to Be Humbled by Purdue Win

Posted by Jerry Burnes on September-23-2009 Add Comments

Some games define teams and the future of a program.

Take Boise State, for example. After beating Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, the Broncos were a legitimate BCS buster.

On the other hand, take Ohio State. After losing in the National Championship game to Florida that same year, the Buckeyes have struggled against top five opponents.

For Northern Illinois, it has been a while since a defining victory, and certainly a solid 28-21 win over Purdue, in Lafayette, qualifies. It was the first win over a Big Ten opponent since 1988, pushing the Huskies' record against the conference to 2-32-1. It's their first win over a BCS conference team since a 24-16 victory over Iowa State in 2003.

But how defining of a vict...

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