However, since 1999 NIU has reclaimed the series - going 17-4 and, at one point, claiming ten straight wins over Ball State (2009-2018) before BSU ended the streak last season. It wasn’t until 2008 that a trophy was introduced. And, as a tribute to both universities’ rural locations, a stalk of corn became the inspiration for the trophy.
What can you say about the Northern Illinois Huskies after two second half meltdowns? In their season opener they looked okay in the first half, and the defense played well, but the offense collapsed in the second half, giving up three defensive touchdowns to the Bulls as they fell to Buffalo 49-30. This week it was more of the same.