Rocky Lombardi, NIU defense shake off rough fourth quarter to shine in OT

Huskies pull out 27-24 win at Boston College to starts season with win at Power 5 school

Northern Illinois quarterback Rocky Lombardi (12), center, carries into the end zone during overtime in an NCAA college football game against Boston College, Saturday, Sep. 2, 2023, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

I don’t know if there’s a science to it, really, but we just got a lot of heart. We know how to finish a game when it comes down to it. I think it is a little bit of a skill to know how to close out a game. Emotions are high, tensions are high, everybody’s going every which way.

—  Rocky Lombardi, NIU football