DEKALB, Ill., -- Boy, you guys were sure in a good mood -- for the first two-plus quarters.

Northern Illinois, trailing 42-16, came storming back with four unanswered touchdowns and eventually took a brief 43-42 lead with less than five minutes to go Saturday in DeKalb. Sean Chambers, Xazavian Valladay and Isaiah Neyor led the Pokes in pulling this one out of the fire.

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It was Chambers, Joshua Cobbs and Treyton Welch who saved the day in the opener.

Can you take much more of this?

By the comments, the answer is an easy one -- sure.

All kidding aside, here are the rants and raves from the 50-43 victory over the Huskies:



Todd Bentley on Facebook: Great start. Loving these new look cowboys!

Neil Blake Hokanson on Facebook: No rants but ALL raves here!

Brad W. Willford on Facebook: Amazing. Seeing the new and improved offense that was advertised!




Ann Jordan on Facebook: We can't lose the lead like we did. Wondering if they got a little over confident with such a nice lead. So glad we found the end zone and won the game.

Eric Miller on Facebook: This could shape up to be a real special season. They have learned how to play from behind and also not to get too comfortable with a lead. Pokes will get stronger with each game!

Chris Mathis on Facebook: Why am I use to this scenario? Is it coaching, players, or both? As a coach, you keep the throttle down until they give up.

Patrick Green on Facebook: The offensive play calling has indeed changed for the better. NIU was never able to effectively settle in waiting for A gap right A gap left. We have the talent to strike on both sides of the ball. Chambers, Valladay and Neyor are gamers! Muma’s in a world of his own. With a few breaks we could win 10 games. I’ll take that any day!

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