Trailing 23-20, Northern Illinois had the ball at the Boston College 23-yard line with 1:20 to go on Friday night at Huskies Stadium.

On first down, the Huskies ran a quarterback keeper with Ryan Graham, resulting in no gain.

The Huskies — who had two timeouts left — didn’t get their next play off until there were only 47 seconds remaining, and went with a crossing route in the middle of the field for just a one-yard gain.

That play was then followed by an incomplete pass with 31 seconds left, setting up the the Huskies for fourth down and a field goal attempt. Northern Illinois’ handling of the final minute and a half seemed like a team just trying to get the game to overtime, rather than really making an effort to just win the game in regulation.

And, we then saw why you don’t want to leave the game up to #CollegeKickers.

Huskies senior kicker Christan Hagan attempted a 39-yard field goal for the tie… and came up short with a clank off the crossbar.

Boston College would then run out the clock, and leave DeKalb with a 23-20 victory over Northern Illinois.

Oh, and yes, there were many #CollegeKickers tweets.

It’s just the beginning of a weekend that is sure to feature plenty of bad kicking across college football.

[CBS Sports Network]

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