Northern Illinois bowled over

Originally Published: October 28, 2003
By Adam Rittenberg | Special to
Akron junior QB Charlie Frye is questionable for Saturday's game after suffering a right hip pointer against Connecticut. Frye was hit on the second play of the game but stayed in and threw for 223 yards on 15-of-26 passing. He came to the postgame news conference on crutches.

"Hip pointers are awfully painful," Akron coach Lee Owens said. "You can't do much to take away the pain. The doctors assured me that his continuing to play (last Saturday) wouldn't hurt his future. It was how much pain could he take."

Frye has taken a beating the last few weeks, but has continued to play. He is fourth in the league with 294 yards passing per game. "There's not too many of us that have a guy as special as he is," Owens said. "It's amazing that he was able to fight through and play with as much pain as he was in. It was heroic."