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NIU player suspended for running into band

Updated: December 4, 2011 11:15AM

As spellbinding as Northern Illinois’ 63-60 victory was over ­Toledo on Tuesday night, Huskies freshman linebacker Jamaal Bass created some fireworks before the game and drew a one-game suspension.

As the Huskies took the field, the overly excited Bass bowled aside some members of the Rockets’ marching band as they were leaving the field after their pregame performance. The incident was taped by ESPN.

NIU administrators took offense to Bass’ actions.

“After reviewing the tape of last night’s pregame encounter between our team and the University of Toledo’s marching band, and discussing the situation with [NIU director of athletics] Jeff Compher, we have decided to suspend Jamaal for our next game,” coach Dave Doeren said. “I met with Jamaal early this morning. He is extremely remorseful.

“I want to publicly apologize to the [band] and to the University of Toledo. We are embarrassed at what occurred and take full responsibility for the situation.”

Bass, who played against Toledo, will miss the game Tuesday night at Bowling Green.

The incident preceded one of the most explosive games in recent football history.

It featured 17 touchdowns, eight lead changes, 1,121 yards of total offense, 123 points, two touchdown kickoff returns by NIU freshman Tommylee Lewis, five touchdown receptions by Rockets wide receiver Eric Page (who caught nine passes for 150 yards), three touchdown receptions by NIU senior wide receiver Nathan Palmer and six touchdown passes and 398 yards of total offense by NIU senior quarterback Chandler Harnish.

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