A Utah fan waves a sign during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.
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Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley scrambles during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.
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Zack Moss is tackled for a loss during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.
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Utah coach Jim Harding speaks with quarterback Tyler Huntley during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.
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Caleb Repp breaks a tackle after a deflected extra point attempt during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.
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Brittain Covey makes a catch during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.
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Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham talks with an official during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.
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Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley is sacked during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.
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Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham looks on during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Ill.
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Utah football players sing the fight song after the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Jaylen Dixon greets fans after the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Coach Kyle Whittingham speaks with media after the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Utah's Cody Barton tackles NIU running back Tre Harbison during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Chase Hansen celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Samson Nacua sings the fight song during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Bradley Anae tackles Marcu Childers during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley is tackled during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Utah running back Zack Moss is looked at by medical staff during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley scrambles during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley scrambles during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Utah coach Jim Harding speaks with his offensive players after giving up two sacks during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Utah running back Zack Moss runs into the end zone during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Julian Blackmon breaks up a pass during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley is sacked during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Britain Covey runs to the end zone during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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Utah mascot Swoop points to Utah fans during the game Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, Illinois.
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DEKALB, Ill. — Utah’s Kyle Whittingham wasn’t the only coach pleased with his defense Saturday night at Huskie Stadium. Rod Carey of Northern Illinois also liked what he saw in that aspect of the game.

"The defense played good enough to win,” he told reporters. "We gave up a couple long passes, but it was a good effort by our defense.”

The Utes turned the ball over twice and were stopped on third down nine times and fourth down once in the close contest.