The Huskies ran a program-record 109 plays on offense, surpassing the previous-best of 102 versus Ohio on Nov. 7, 1981.
Bouagnon gained 97 yards on 16 carries while senior Akeem Daniels rushed for a game-high 118 yards on 15 carries. Eleven different players carried the football for the Huskies.
"We came out and did what we were supposed to do," said NIU Head Coach Rod Carey, whose Huskies recorded the biggest Northern Illinois win in a season-opener since 1963. "I wanted to see us play fast and we did, we executed pretty well for the most part. There were some issues when we got some of the younger guys in there but that's to be expected."
Presbyterian received the opening kickoff to start the game and picked up a first down before turning the ball over to the Huskies as junior safety Marlon Moore forced a fumble that was recovered by junior Paris Logan on the NIU 42-yard line.
NIU took the lead on its first possession, going 58 yards in eight plays in just 1:54, taking a 7-0 lead. On second-and-15, junior quarterback Matt McIntosh connected with senior wide receiver Da'Ron Brown, who got behind the Presbyterian secondary for a 39-yard touchdown reception.
Brown led NIU with seven catches for 91 yards.
After a three-and-out by the Blue Hose, the Huskies added three points with a 32-yard field goal from senior kickerTyler Wedel.
The Huskie defense forced another punt and NIU scored again as Bouagnon found the end zone from just a yard out to increase the NIU lead to 17-0 with 1:12 to play in the first quarter.
Presbyterian opened the second quarter with a punt, and it took the Huskies just seven plays and 2:20 to go 69 yards for another score. On a third-and-4, Daniels picked up 29 yards around the left side to put the Huskies in scoring position. Two plays later, Bouagnon scored for the second time as the NIU offensive line opened a big hole up the middle from 23 yards out.
Bouagnon scored a third touchdown from nine yards out, capping a 13-play, 73-yard drive as NIU pushed its lead to 31-0 with 2:30 left in the first half.
NIU forced a quick Presbyterian punt and the Huskies moved into scoring range again as Wedel connected on a 26-yard field goal with three seconds left in the second quarter to give NIU a 34-0 lead into the break.
The Huskies added to their advantage on the opening possession of the second half. Sophomore quarterback Drew Hare ran for 25 yards to get NIU across midfield. He then connected with junior wide receiver Juwan Brescacin on a 49-yard slant for a touchdown as the Huskies lead grew to 41-0.
An interception by freshman cornerback Albert Smalls gave the ball back to NIU at the Presbyterian 12. Three plays later, Bouagnon found the end zone for the fourth time, scoring from a yard out.
The Huskies forced three turnovers, scoring touchdowns on all three, and NIU did not turn the ball over.
NIU used all three of its new quarterbacks. McIntosh played the entire first quarter; Hare took over in the second and Maddie came in after the first drive of the third quarter.
"Mac [McIntosh] ran the offense just like I expected him to; Drew came in and ran it well," Carey said. "Anthony was in a different situation with the young guys, but I was pleased with all three overall."
Sophomore Draco Smith scored on a 10-yard run to give the Huskies a 55-0 lead with 3:55 to play in the third quarter. Smith gained 35 yards on five carries on the drive, which was set up by a fumble recovery by sophomore linebacker Sean Folliard.
Presbyterian got on the scoreboard with a 31-yard field goal by Brandon Morrow just before the end of the third quarter.
NIU will return to action next Saturday, Sept. 6, when the Huskies travel to Evanston to take on Northwestern. Game time against the Wildcats is scheduled for 2:30 p.m., and the contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network.
-- Courtesy NIU Athletics